Moe Lane provides a summary of how it is that a Wisconsin trial judge has been trying, trying, and trying again to stop the new collective bargaining bill from going into effect. Is this "how a bill becomes a law?"
First of all, if an attorney showed up in court and got a judge to sign an order, and then that attorney realized he had left something out, the judge would throw the guy out of the courtroom if he showed up trying to get that order amended. But, judges - at least this one - can just keep on keepin' on, I guess.
More important, Judge Sumi has (inadvertently, I'm sure) stumbled over a fundamental question for a nation of laws: when does a law "pass?" I used to think that a bill became a law after the legislature voted to pass it, and the head of the executive branch signed it. But, apparently a bill doesn't become a law until it has passed through the printing press. Really? The printers office is now a fourth branch of the government, as important to law making as the governor, the State Assembly and the State Senate? Amazing how no one realized this until now.
Printing a law duly passed by the people's representatives is a purely ministerial act, rather than a weighty constitutional matter. Can it really be the rule that, if there is no printer, then there can be no laws? If so, then there would be no end to penny-ante roadblocks to the enacting of laws.