Protestors Urge Ethics Reform

Protesters lined up outside the Assembly today to tell lawmakers they want to see a vote on an ethics reform package.

"Vote now, vote now," was the chang that could be heard inside the capitol.

The group wants the Republican leadership in the Assembly to allow a vote on Senate Bill 1– an ethics and reform package that would create an enforcement division to investigate corruption at the capitol.

Assembly leaders voted in closed caucus last week to not bring the bill to the floor for a vote.

The protest was organized by the leader of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

"We felt it was really important for their to be a strong citizen presence at the Capitol today and let them know that people are watching and they're not happy with the way the public's business is being conducted," says Mike McCabe, of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign.

The bill has already passed the senate and Governor Doyle says he will sign it.

Late Tuesday afternoon, democratic members of the Assembly began introducing motions that would force a vote on the measure. That vote failed by 6 votes.


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