Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 --- 7:53 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Only those Wisconsin state officials charged with a serious crime or ethical violation could be recalled from office under a constitutional amendment that has passed the state Assembly.
The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the amendment 53-39 with all Democrats opposed.
The measure must pass the Senate and the full Legislature again next session before it would be put to a vote of the people.
Democrats objected, saying the right to recall public officials shouldn't be infringed upon. Republicans say it simply puts in place a reasonable threshold before recalls could be initiated.
Republican Gov. Scott Walker was the first governor in U.S. history to survive a recall in 2012.
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