MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that takes away the power of the secretary of state office to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.
Democrats opposed the measure Tuesday, which they say is about political payback against actions Secretary of State Doug La Follette took in 2011.
La Follette angered Republicans in 2011 by delaying publication of a bill that effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers and required them to pay more for health insurance and pensions.
La Follette says the bill seeks a solution to a problem that doesn't exist, "we publish almost every one on the 10th day which gives us time to put [the bills] through the process. But now [lawmakers] are going to want them published immediately on the next day. That could be kind of problematic."
The bill gives duties of publishing bills exclusively to the Legislative Reference Bureau.
It passed on a party line 17-14 vote. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also supports the measure, which should clear its passage there. It is not yet scheduled for a vote in the Assembly.
MADISON (WKOW)-- The Wisconsin state Senate will vote on a proposal that takes power away from the secretary of state to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.
The Republican-sponsored measure removes the power from the secretary of state to delay by 10 days when a bill takes effect. The procedure came under fire in 2011, when Secretary of State Doug La Follette did not immediately publish the bill effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers.
Under the proposal before the Senate on Tuesday, the Legislative Reference Bureau would be required to publish bills the day after they are signed by the governor. All bills would take effect then, unless otherwise specified.
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