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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

 6:46 PM 

Assembly passes changes to rule-making process

Wisconsin's governor will have more say in how administrative rules are promulgated under a bill approved by the Assembly today.

The Assembly approved the bill on a party-line 58-34 vote despite Dem protests that it abdicates too much power to the executive branch.

Rep. Tom Tiffany, R-Merrill, said the rule process is currently convoluted and a hindrance to business. He said it will free business from excessive regulation and put more people back to work.

"We need these jobs and economic growth here in the state of Wisconsin," said Tiffany, adding the bill "creates an environment where job creators are going to say 'I want to be in Wisconsin.'"

Rep. Kelda Helen Roys, D-Madison, scoffed at the idea that the bill had anything to do with jobs. She said the bill opens the door for corruption, and allows from more uncertainty for businesses because a governor can stall new rules under the proposal. She said the bill will "give away our power as a Legislature to a governor who already has tremendous power."

The Assembly is now taking up a bill exempting a plot of land near Lambeau Field from wetland protection.


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