MADISON (WKOW) -- An independent lawmaker said he would abandon his role in a court case over Wisconsin's voter ID law if his legal representation turns out to be an ethical issue.
Rep. Bob Ziegelbauer (I-Manitowoc) said he does not know who is paying for attorneys representing his attempt to intervene in the case.
Those same attorneys are also representing Joint Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Robin Vos (R-Burlington) in their motion to intervene to help support the law, which has been suspended in connection to court challenges.
State law forbids lawmakers from receiving anything of value from lobbyists and others, including free legal services.
Ziegelbauer told 27 News he would "disconnect" from the court case if there's an ethical issue.
Ziegelbauer said he never considered the source of the attorney payment when he agreed to participate in the attempt to join the case.
Vos has yet to respond to a request from 27 News to explain whether the legal representation is being provided free to the lawmakers.
A spokesperson for the state government accountability board said the attorneys arrangement is being reviewed.
The Wisconsin democracy campaign filed complaints earlier this year, when it was disclosed state supreme court justice Michael Gableman received free legal help to defend himself against an ethics accusation, and then participated in ruling on cases involving his attorney in the ethics case.
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