The following piece features IRG’s Anthony LoCoco discussing the need for amendments to the state’s Constitution ran in the The Daily Reporter on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
(The Daily Reporter) – Speaker Vos: Act 10 was ‘Act of the People,’ Supreme Court to ‘lose legitimacy’ if relitigated
Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Friday said he hoped the Wisconsin Supreme Court would not relitigate conservative reforms like Act 10 and right to work, which stamped out collective bargaining rights for public employee unions in the state. Delafield-based Institute for Reforming Government (IRG) in April asked the Wisconsin Legislature to “enshrine” the controversial laws into the Wisconsin Constitution in the form of a constitutional amendment.
These laws were among examples IRG Chief Legal Counsel and Director of Oversight Anthony LoCoco picked to amend into the State Constitution to “protect some of the most significant conservative wins of the last few decades,” according to the IRG website.
In the memo, LoCoco said reforms enacted or expanded under former Governor Scott Walker are “now at stake,” following the results of the State Supreme Court election.
“Codifying critical policy in the Wisconsin Constitution prevents judicial rulings that the reforms violate the Wisconsin Constitution. In other words, if the Wisconsin Constitution itself mandates these important reforms, that document will provide no basis for striking them down,” according to the memo.
Read the full article here.