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Win for Wisconsin AG, appeals court restores right-to-work law for nowSubmitted: 05/24/2016
MADISON - Wisconsin's right-to-work law will stay in effect as the law goes through court challenges. An appeals court made that decision Tuesday.

The bill was championed by Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker, but a Dane County Circuit Court judge found it unconstitutional in April.


Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel appealed the order and on Tuesday , a Wisconsin Appeals Court gave the case a stay.

A handful of unions across the state filed the lawsuit last year.

The groups argued that the law was an unconstitutional taking of union property because it required unions to extend benefits to workers who don't pay dues.


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