UPDATE: Wis. Assembly to vote on abolishing treasurer

UPDATED Tuesday, February 11, 2014 --- 5:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a proposal to eliminate the state treasurer position.

Rep. Michael Schraa, an Oshkosh Republican, introduced the constitutional amendment that would make Wisconsin one of five states that has a different office doing the treasurer's work.

Wisconsin has for six years taken duties away from the office now held by Republican Kurt Schuller. He campaigned on eliminating the position, but said the Legislature should stop trying if it doesn't pass the amendment this session.

Constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a voter referendum. The state can't eliminate the position once someone is elected this November, making the earliest the treasurer could be abolished is January 2019.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Wednesday, February 5, 2014 --- 3:44 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state treasurer position would be eliminated under a constitutional amendment that's headed for a vote in the state Assembly on Tuesday.

The Republican-sponsored measure originally sought to eliminate both the treasurer and secretary of state offices. But it's been amended to only eliminate the treasurer's office.

Republican Rep. Michael Schraa, of Oshkosh, said Wednesday he wants to address eliminating both positions separately so it will be simpler for voters to understand.

Eliminating either constitutional position requires approval by two consecutive legislatures before being put to a statewide vote.

Schraa says the state shouldn't continue to pay to operate the treasurer's office after past legislators have already removed most of its duties. He says he wouldn't propose an amendment to eliminate the secretary of state position this session.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


UPDATED Thursday, June 27, 2013 --- 11:40 a.m.
Posted Thursday, June 27, 2013 --- 10:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Republicans have drawn up a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state treasurer and secretary of state positions.

Reps. Michael Schraa and Tyler August are trying to secure co-sponsors for the measure. They say both offices no longer have any real responsibilities and eliminating them would save taxpayer dollars.

A spokeswoman for the treasurer's office says they welcome any conversation with legislators about the office's functions. She also stressed the office runs on interest accrued off unclaimed property, not tax dollars.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, a Democrat, called the amendment silly. He says lawmakers should restore his office's duties.

A constitutional amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. The earliest the referendum could take place would be 2015.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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