DA Who Prosecuted Lawmakers Says Ethics Plan is Severely Flawed

The prosecutor who led an investigation into Capitol corruption says a bill to strengthen oversight of ethics laws is severely flawed.

Dane County District Attorney Brian Blanchard says the plan, as currently written, would weaken enforcement of public corruption cases in many ways.

Blanchard led the probe into a scandal in which 5 legislative leaders were convicted for misconduct in office.

The Legislature is meeting in a special session to consider a plan meant to detect and deter public corruption. It would merge the Elections and Ethics Boards and create a nonpartisan body with an unlimited budget to investigate the cases.

Blanchard testified in front of a Senate committee as part of lawmakers' efforts to gather feedback on the plan.


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