UPDATE: Committee Delays Vote on Bill Affecting Recalls

UPDATED Tuesday, November 1, 2011 --- 12:17 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A committee vote on proposals that would make it more difficult to recall incumbent Republican state senators from office has been delayed.

The Senate elections committee held a hearing Monday on the bills and originally scheduled a vote for Tuesday, but that was delayed until Wednesday.

The delay comes after Republican state Sen. Dale Schultz of Richland Center said he would not vote for one measure that changes when newly drawn state Senate districts take effect. The bill would put new Republican-friendly districts in effect for any recalls that occur before November of next year.

Under current law, the new boundaries wouldn't be in effect until the fall 2012 election.

Another bill delayed would require recall petition circulators to have their signature notarized on any papers they handle.


Posted Monday, October 31, 2011 --- 9:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Republicans don't have the 17 votes necessary to pass a bill being rushed through the process to make it more difficult to recall incumbent GOP lawmakers from office.

Republican Sen. Dale Schultz told The Associated Press on Monday that he does not support the measure and will not vote for it. Republicans have 17 seats in the Senate and need 17 votes to pass the bill, assuming all 16 Democrats vote against it.

The bill up for a hearing Monday would make the new Republican-friendly legislative boundaries in effect immediately and for any recall elections that would take place next year.

Schultz says he opposes it because he feels voters who elected him should have the say on whether he is recalled.

Copyright 2011. The Associated Press.