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Thursday, February 16, 2012

 10:58 AM 

Assembly Dems tout ethics legislation

Assembly Dems touted a wide range of legislation they dubbed the “Restoring Integrity” ethics package prior to the floor session this morning.

The package included 18 bills or additional proposals that Dems said would remedy the “unprecedented” abuses of the first year of the Walker administration. The measures particularly focused on campaign finance, judicial standards and open meetings reform.

“Clean, open and transparent government in Wisconsin is in tatters,” said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, in a press conference. “Wisconsin democracy is at risk.”

Dems particularly criticized recent reports of secrecy oaths taken by Republicans during the redistricting process, as well as the announcement yesterday that Senate Republicans had dissolved that chamber’s mining committee.

Rep. Louis Molepske, D-Stevens Point, charged that just after Wednesday’s mining announcement, the Club for Growth began running robocalls in favor of the Assembly mining bill in the districts of northern lawmakers.

“Is there collaboration at every turn?” asked Barca.


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