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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

 6:50 PM 

Assembly concurs on Senate amendment to administrative rules overhaul

The Assembly voted 56-34 to concur on a Senate amendment to the administrative rules overhaul, clearing the way for the guv to sign the bill.

The Senate amendment requires the Legislative Reference Bureau to insert an annotation in the administrative code for any rule in which there's a declaratory judgment on its validity.

Dems used the debate to again push their GOP colleagues to reject the changes to the administrative rules that would give the guv final say in the process.

Warning that they were abdicating their authority to the guv, they also reminded Republicans that their party would not always have control of the East Wing.

“Maybe we should just let him be king," Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, said of the guv. "Since we’re not going to be taking any action and the governor’s going to be approving everything we do, why are we even here?”

But Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon, said the current process is not perfect. He said while on the Natural Resources Committee last session, the chair refused to hold hearings twice on rules promulgated by the agency, robbing lawmakers of their power to review them.

"That sounds an awful lot to me like an agency is making rules," he said.


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