Judge to rule on stay in Wis. police union lawsuit

Published On: Apr 19 2013 04:35:55 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

A Madison judge is expected to rule on a request to stay a police union's lawsuit challenging Gov. Scott Walker's polarizing collective bargaining law.

The law stripped most public workers of nearly all their union rights. The Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association filed suit in November alleging the law violates its members' free speech, association and equal protection rights.

The state Justice Department has asked Judge John Markson to stay the proceedings. The agency wants him to hold off until an appeals court weighs in on another Madison judge's decision to strike down the law as it applies to school and local government workers. DOJ attorneys argue the cases are similar and an appellate ruling would simplify matters.

Markson was expected to rule on the request Friday afternoon.