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Letter to the Editor - Judge Sumi Appears to have Exceeded Her Authority

Written By: Tammy Olson  |  Posted: Thursday, June 16th, 2011

               According to the Senate Chief Clerk and the Attorney General of Wisconsin, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi assumed a radical approach when she placed a temporary restraining order on Act 10 (The Budget Repair Bill) and delayed the publishing and the enactment of the law although it had been passed by both houses of the legislature and approved by the Governor. Her contrived rational is an unjustifiable concern over timelines.

                Senate Chief Clerk, Rob Merchant wrote, "In special session, under Senate Rule 93, no advanced notice is required other than posting on the legislative bulletin board. Despite this rule, it was decided to provide a two-hour notice by posting on the bulletin board. My staff, as a courtesy, e-mailed a copy of the notice to all legislative offices." Legislators went above and beyond the requirements of Senate Rule 93.

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