MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Attorneys for Republican lawmakers asked the Wisconsin Supreme Court on Monday to overturn a judge's order blocking the state's polarizing union rights law, while Democrats urged the justices to uphold the ruling or make the GOP go through the usual — and slow — appeals process.

The court heard hours of testimony, setting the stage for what could be the most decisive ruling on the law's fate since the Republican-controlled Legislature passed it nearly three months ago.

GOP lawmakers are hoping the justices will act quickly because the measure is a key part of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's plan to close a $3.6 billion hole in the state budget. If it remains in limbo, the state could face a host of new financial problems when a new, two-year budget goes into effect July 1.

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