Thursday, March 3, 2011

Super Quorums under the Wisconsin Constitution

By James Lindgren of the Northwestern University - School of Law, at SSRN. From the Abstract:
The Wisconsin attorney general in 1971 gave a formal opinion to the legislature that a bill that changed collective bargaining rights substantially was not fiscal in nature and was not subject to the three-fifths super quorum provision. Because collective bargaining rights and that very statutory chapter (ch. 111) are at the heart of the proposed Senate Bill 11, the most controversial portions of the bill could be passed constitutionally with just a simple majority of elected members present, without a three-fifths quorum.
(via InstaPundit)