Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Blago Signs Bill to Ease Restrictions on Picketing

   The governor has signed a bill to prevent localities from imposing restrictions on the places in which striking workers can picket. Blago's stroke of a pen entitled them to "public right of ways."
   UPDATE: Sullivan and Roskam were also sponsors, neither of whom were heretofore known as union-friendly. They were the sole Republicans. Other sponsors included Dugan, Phelps, DeFranseco Halvorson, and Fritchey.
   Despite the ambiguity about picketers' impeding emergency vehicles,(as evidenced here), it passed the House 110-6-0. Voting "no" were the unusual coalition of Cultra, Jenisch, Bellock, E Lyons, Pihos, and Eddy. The text of the law establishes only that signs and tents may not remain overnight, space must remain for pedestrians, and that utility workers must have access to water mains, and that all accouterments must provide for the "health, welfare, personal safety, and well-being of picketers."(Since when do water mains trump ambulances?)

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