In the wake of the hastily arranged committee meeting to move the collective bargaining bill to the Wisconsin Senate for passage, protesters being forcibly removed from the capitol, and reporters temporarily barred from the building, the formal complaints and lawsuits are starting to fly.
As reported earlier, Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) filed a formal complaint with the District AttorneyÂ’s office of Dane County alleging the Republicans held a vote without proper notification and also locked the capitol during the meeting. Republicans contend the vote was an emergency and therefore only two hours notice was needed.
Now comes the news of a lawsuit filed by three labor unions against Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Â“Lawyers for the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24, AFL-CIO, filed a motion Thursday in Dane County Circuit Court seeking to have Administration Secretary Michael Huebsch found in contempt for restricting access to the Capitol on Wednesday night... The motion was filed before Dane County Circuit Court Judge John Albert. He is the judge who last week ordered the state and Huebsch to provide better access to the Capitol.Â”
The lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Grant S. Sovern who stated in a signed affidavit that he was unable to enter the capitol to attend the committee meeting and Senate vote. He says in his affidavit, Â“I finally was allowed into the Capitol only to find that the committee was over and the Senate session was just ending.Â”
The other legal issue going on is the investigation of a death threat against Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. The Justice Department says it is looking into several threats received from multiple sources.
The Majority Leader office released part of the email that said, Â“This is how it's going to happen: I as well as many others know where you and your family live, it's a matter of public records. We have all planned to assault (sic) you by arriving at your house and putting a nice little bullet in your head. However, this isn't enough. We also have decided that this may not be enough to send the message. So we have built several bombs that we have placedÂ in various locations around the areas in which we know that you frequentÂ…Â”
No matter which sides of the debate people stand on, threatening members of the legislation does no one any good. All Americans should condemn such actions and be civil even if they disagree. Hopefully the people who sent those messages of hate will be caught and dealt with appropriately.