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Wisconsin Act 10, the "Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill" (2011)

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This page includes the complete text of Wisconsin Act 10, which was originally known as Assembly Bill 11.[1] (See also: Union protests in Madison, Wisconsin over Gov. Scott Walker's Budget Repair Bill)

Wisconsin Act 10 is also known as the Scott Walker Budget Repair Bill. In a 4-3 vote by the Wisconsin Supreme Court on June 14, 2011, a lower court ruling negating the law was overturned.[2]


  • February 15: The bill (then identified as Assembly Bill 11), was introduced in the Wisconsin Assembly's Committee on Assembly Organization at the request of Governor Scott Walker.
  • February 15: The bill was referred to the Joint Finance Committee.
  • February 16: The Joint Finance Committee amended and passed AB 11 with an emergency statement attached, and calendared the bill for debate in the Wisconsin State Assembly on February 17.
  • February 17: AB 11 was debated in the Wisconsin State Assembly
  • February 22: AB 11 was debated in the Wisconsin State Assembly. It was approved and passed to the Wisconsin State Senate.
  • February 25: The Wisconsin State Senate read AB 11 for the first, second and third times. "However, the Senate was unable to proceed because of the absence of the constitutional quorum necessary to act on a bill containing appropriations."[3]
  • March 9: A Joint Committee of Conference is created. They amend the bill to remove the fiscal aspects such that 20 members no longer need to be present to pass the bill. The Senate approves the bill 18-1 with no debate.[4]
  • March 10: The Assembly passes the bill by a vote of 53-42.[5]
  • March 11: Governor Scott Walker signs the bill into law.[6] Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk sues to stop the bill, asking it be declared unconstitutional.[7]
  • March 18: Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi orders a temporary restraining order on the bill, saying the legislative committee likely violated Open Meetings Law when it passed the bill.[8] The state Attorney's General Office appeals the decision.[9]
  • March 29: Justice Sumi extends the temporary restraining order on the bill.[10]
  • June 14: The Wisconsin Supreme Court overrules the district court decision, stating it ""exceeded its jurisdiction, invaded the legislature’s constitutional powers...and erred in enjoining the publication and further implementation of the act."[11]

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