Scott Walker quietly signs overturn of WI Equal Pay Act

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WASHINGTON— A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.In November, the state Senate approved SB 202, which rolled back this provision. On February, the Assembly did the same. Both were party-line votes in Republican-controlled chambers.SB 202 was sent to Walker on March 29. He had, according to the state constitution, six days to act on the bill. The deadline was 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. The governor quietly signed the bill into law on Thursday, according to the Legislative Reference Bureau, and it is now called Act 219.

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8 Responses to Scott Walker quietly signs overturn of WI Equal Pay Act

  1. rikyrah says:

    Walker’s new front in the GOP’s ‘war on women’
    By Steve Benen – Fri Apr 6, 2012 4:23 PM EDT.

    In recent months, when the Republicans’ “war on women” comes to mind, we generally think of issues related to health care and reproductive rights: contraception access; Planned Parenthood funding; “Personhood” amendments; state-mandated, medically-unnecessary transvaginal ultrasounds; etc.

    But as we saw in Wisconsin yesterday, these attacks on women’s interests are even broader in scope.


    A Wisconsin law that made it easier for victims of wage discrimination to have their day in court was repealed on Thursday, after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) quietly signed the bill.

    The 2009 Equal Pay Enforcement Act was meant to deter employers from discriminating against certain groups by giving workers more avenues via which to press charges. Among other provisions, it allows individuals to plead their cases in the less costly, more accessible state circuit court system, rather than just in federal court.

    Walker and Republican state lawmakers decided to roll back the equal-pay law, with the governor quietly signing this into law yesterday. (There were no public remarks, no media acknowledgement of the bill being signed, and no announcement about what had happened until the next day.)

    This, not surprisingly, isn’t going over well among Wisconsin progressives, and it’s bound to play a role in this summer’s recall election, but given the larger political circumstances, it’s also the kind of development that captures national attention.

    Indeed, Obama campaign spokesperson Lis Smith told Greg Sargent that Walker has been joined at the hip by none other than Mitt Romney, who, Smith argued, should have an opinion on the Wisconsin governor’s efforts. “Does Romney think women should have ability to take their bosses to court to get the same pay as their male coworkers?” she asked. “Or does he stand with Governor Walker against this?”

    Had Romney not gone to such lengths to connect himself to Walker — the likely Republican nominee called the Wisconsin governor a “hero” and a “man of courage” — it might be easier for Romney to distance himself from Walker’s right-wing agenda.

    But since the two are such good pals, and since Romney and his party have already alienated women so severely, it’s not unreasonable to press the GOP frontrunner on his “hero’s” indifference to women who face wage discrimination.
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    http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11059737-walkers-new-front-in-the-gops-war-on-women?lite

  2. Right on Jueseppi. :)

  3. Listen up, women of America….it’s imperative that you go to the polls and vote your interest. The GOP have made an all out assault on women’s issues. Vote these mofos out! They’re a detriment to our health!

    • I concur. Salon just published a very interesting article in regards to the GOP & New Hampshire. The “live free or die” state is slowly becoming a GOP stomping ground. Womem in the granite stay best beware…

  4. mpbulletin says:

    Truly astonishing. I do hope the recall campaigns hammer him on this and the fact that he signed in hushed tones.

    Also loved the challenge Obama’s campaign issued to Romney after he went around praising Walker on his tour of WI.

  5. rikyrah says:

    and every Democrat better bring this up as part of the GOP’S WAR ON WOMEN

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