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UPDATE: Wis. Assembly Passes Bill Publication Changes

UPDATED Tuesday, January 29, 2013 --- 2:54 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a proposal that would strip the secretary of state of his duty to publish bills and transfer the task to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

The Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 59-37 Wednesday. The state Senate passed the measure last month. It goes next to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who can sign into law or veto it. It's unclear whether Walker supports it; asked about Walker's plans for the bill, his spokesman replied only that the governor is focused on creating jobs.

The bill comes after Democratic Secretary of State Doug LaFollette delayed publishing Walker's contentious law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees in 2011.

Republicans say they're not after political payback. Minority Democrats say the legislation is vindictive.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, January 29, 2013 --- 12:04 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill that takes away the power of the secretary of state office to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.

Democrats opposed the measure Tuesday, which they say is about political payback against actions Secretary of State Doug La Follette took in 2011.

La Follette angered Republicans in 2011 by delaying publication of a bill that effectively ended collective bargaining for public workers and required them to pay more for health insurance and pensions.

The bill gives duties of publishing bills exclusively to the Legislative Reference Bureau.

It passed on a party line 17-14 vote. Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also supports the measure, which should clear its passage there. It is not yet scheduled for a vote in the Assembly.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 --- 9:20 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette says it's ridiculous that the Republican-controlled state Senate plans to vote a proposal that takes power away from La Follette's office to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.

Under the proposal before the Senate on Tuesday, the Legislative Reference Bureau would be required to publish bills they day after they are signed by the governor. Currently, the secretary of state has that power and he can wait up to 10 days to publish bills.

The usually routine procedure came under the spotlight in 2011 when La Follette did not immediately publish the bill effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers.

La Follette says the bill is "a solution seeking a problem that doesn't exist."

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, January 29, 2013 -- 5:08 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin state Senate plans to vote on a proposal that takes power away from the secretary of state to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.

The Republican-sponsored measure removes the power of the secretary of state to delay by 10 days when a bill takes effect.

The procedure came under the spotlight in 2011 when Secretary of State Doug La Follette did not immediately publish the bill effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers.

Under the proposal before the Senate on Tuesday, the Legislative Reference Bureau would be required to publish bills they day after they are signed by the governor. All bills would take effect then, unless otherwise specified.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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