CHICAGO — An appeal challenging Wisconsin’s controversial legislation that strips most public unions of much of their collective bargaining powers and raises employee pension contributions and health care premiums should go directly to the state Supreme Court, an appellate panel said Thursday.

The panel said that “the appeal presents significant issues” that are best decided directly by the high court to “reduce the burden and expense” of the appellate process. The court said the case presents two significant legal issues: whether a legislative act can be struck down due to a violation of open-meetings rules, and whether courts can block the publishing of legislation before it becomes a law.

Subscribe Now

Independent and authoritative analysis and perspective for the bond buying industry.

14-Day Free Trial

No credit card required. Complete access to articles, breaking news and industry data.