Posted Tuesday, July 23, 2013 --- 10:58 a.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that bans Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. employees and board members from negotiating contracts that might benefit them.
Walker signed the bill Tuesday during a WEDC board meeting in Green Bay.
The new law prohibits WEDC board members and employees with a monetary interest in a contract from participating in the deals or exercising any discretion on it.
Walker says the law provides clear direction and adds increased transparency and accountability.
The governor and the Republican-controlled Legislature created WEDC in 2011 to help the governor meet his campaign promise to create 250,000 private-sector jobs. But the agency is reeling after an audit revealed it hasn't followed state law, adequately tracked loans and sometimes gave money to companies that didn't qualify.
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