MADISON (WKOW) -- Four Wisconsin Republican senators are a step closer to recall elections after state officials validated thousands of signatures.
Government Accountability Board staff recommended the board certify petitions asking for recalls of senators Randy Hopper of Fond du Lac, Dan Kapanke of La Crosse, Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Luther Olsen of Ripon.
If the board certifies the petitions, all four elections would likely be held on July 12, barring further legal challenges.
Six Republican senators and three Democrats are in line for recall elections for their opposition or support of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Both parties have challenged the petitions.
The board is expected to make a decision on the Kapanke, Hopper and Olsen challenges at its May 23rd meeting.