MADISON (WKOW) -- A Wisconsin Assembly elections committee on Wednesday approved a proposed amendment to the state Constitution that would make it more difficult to recall elected officials from office.
The proposal would bar voters from recalling state officeholders unless they've been charged with a felony or an ethics violation. Currently, voters don't need to supply a reason for a state or local recall effort.
The measure passed on a 6-3 vote in the committee, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats against.
A dozen GOP officeholders, including Governor Scott Walker, faced recall elections in 2011 and 2012.
The constitutional amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum before it can take effect. The proposal passed the Assembly last year but died in the Senate.
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