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Wisconsin Supreme Court: Union Rights Law Can Go Into Effect

The AP calls it a major victory for Republican Gov. Scott Walker: Wisconsin's Supreme Court has overruled a lower court and said that the controversial union rights law can go into effect.

The AP reports:

Gov. Scott Walker pushed the law that eliminates most of public employees' collective bargaining rights and forces them to pay more for their health and pension benefits. He says it's needed for the state to address its budget problems.

The law passed in March after weeks of protests that drew tens of thousands of people to the state Capitol. But the law has been tied up in the courts since a Democrat filed a lawsuit accusing Republicans of violating the state open meetings law during the run-up to passage.

The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinelreports the court found "a committee of lawmakers was not subject to the state's open meetings law..."

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Eyder Peralta
Eyder Peralta is NPR's East Africa correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya.