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Appeals court need more time to decide on Act 10 ruling

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - An appeals court in Madison says it will need up to a week to decide whether the state can hold local union certification votes this year under Act 10.

The state wanted the law re-imposed by Tuesday, so about 400 annual recertification votes for local government and school unions can take place by the end of the year.

However, the 4th District Appellate Court said the Justice Department did not justify the request for an emergency stay that it made on Friday. Therefore, the court says it will decide by next Monday whether the stay should be granted and the elections scheduled.

Dane County Circuit Judge Juan Colas recently said the state was in contempt of court for proceeding with the union elections -- after he ruled over 13 months ago that Act 10 was unconstitutional for local and school unions.

The state is appealing to reimpose Act 10 for the locals, and to wipe out Colas's contempt finding.

The Justice Department also asked the Supreme Court for an emergency stay. It's not known when the justices might act.

Act 10 remains in full effect for state government employees.