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Democrats assert law violation in Senate action

Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen (right), R-Ripon; Shelia Harsdorf (left), R-River Falls; and Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, leave the Senate chambers Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin Sens. Luther Olsen (right), R-Ripon; Shelia Harsdorf, R-River Falls; and Terry Moulton, R-Chippewa Falls, leave the Senate chambers Wednesday after Republicans in the Senate voted to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz has authorized the city attorney to pursue any legal actions that might be filed over the state Senate’s passage of a bill Wednesday night taking away collective bargaining rights from public workers.

City attorney Mike May said in an e-mail he sent to the mayor and city council members that in his opinion a committee meeting called before the Senate took action was in violation of the state open meetings law.

State law requires at least 24 hours notice of a meeting, unless there is an emergency which allows for just two hours notice.

Wednesday’s 6 p.m. meeting was noticed at 4:10 p.m. Senate Clerk Rob Marchant said under Senate rules, no notice was required other than posting it on the legislative bulletin board.

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