No wonder we are confused

In my opinion news organizations have done a very poor job of conveying the facts surrounding the controversy of the Budget Repair Bill. Take this from Channel 3000 in Madison:

But late Tuesday afternoon, the judge revised her original March temporary restraining order blocking the secretary of state from publishing the law, which is typically the last step before it becomes effective.

Of course, that’s not true. The last step before it becomes effective is from one of two things: 1) The effective date of the law is published within the enacted law, or 2) the day after the date of publishing by the Legislative Reference Bureau is the effective date.

In hindsight, it would have been grand if the the law were written to include the effective date. That could have saved us all a lot of trouble; then the law would have been effective when it was enacted. (I.e., when the Governor signed it.)

To my fellow right-minded thinkers in Madison working on this thing, please, put yourself two steps ahead of the hate. You have some unruly children amongst the opposing party. Time to be a very proactive parent and button down the details. Nothing should be left to interpretation. And just because that’s the way they’ve always done it doesn’t mean that’s the way it should be done now.


  1. BrkfldDad says:

    Pretty interesting read (apologize if you’ve seen/posted it before) –

  2. I had not, so thank you. I just say that interesting is not the word I would have chosen. It make my eyes glaze over! If nothing else I’ve learned how much lawyers love to hear themselves argue. 🙂