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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

 9:58 AM 

Committee splits on resolutions to expel, reprimand Wood

An Assembly committee deadlocked this morning on resolutions to reprimand or expel Jeff Wood for his three arrests over 10 months on suspicion for OWI.

All three Dems on the committee voted to support the resolution to reprimand, while the three Republicans backed the call to expel him.

The issue now moves to the full Assembly with no recommendation from the committee on what action the body should take.

Committee Dems cautioned Wood should not be expelled because he is fighting two of his three arrests.

"I don't know how anybody can argue for expulsion," said Chair Mary Hubler, D-Rice Lake. "I think reprimand is the way to go."

But Republicans countered a reprimand was not enough considering the danger Wood posed to the public.

Rep. Mark Gundrum, R-New Berlin, pointed out Wood's travel records show he drove 425 miles in April 2008 and more than 900 miles in May 2008, when lawmakers had a similar workload to what they expect this spring, and that he worried allowing Wood to remain in the Assembly means he'll be behind the wheel to fulfill his duties as a legislator.

"I think he's still going to be a danger to the public. But we create more of a danger if we keep him in a job that if he does it like he has in the past, he'll be driving," Gundrum said.


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