An Indiana Judge determined that the state’s controversial “right to work” law runs afoul of the Indiana Constitution and cannot stand.  The state’s attorney general, Greg Zoeller, heartily disagreed with the ruling and vowed that the state would seek an immediate stay.  The state’s “right to work” law was issued in 2012 and makes it a misdemeanor to compel a nonunion employee to pay union dues as a condition of employment.

“Strong opinions exist on both sides about involuntary union dues, but the attorney general’s office has a duty to defend the laws the Legislature passes from legal challenges plaintiffs file,” Zoeller said in Wednesday’s statement. “If a trial court finds a law unconstitutional, then the appropriate action is to stay its ruling pending the appeal.”

Judge George Paras of Indiana’s Lake County Circuit Court issued the decision.  He struck the law because he determined that it violated the Indiana Constitution’s prohibition against demanding services without “just compensation.” 

Stay tuned to @LRToday, where we will be reporting on whether the judge’s ruling is stayed.