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Thursday, February 16, 2012

 4:59 PM 

Dems attempt to pull committee notice resolution

Rep. Jon Richards proposed the first Dem pulling motion of the evening -- a resolution requiring at least 24 hours notice before every Assembly committee hearing -- sparking a lengthy debate over redistricting agreements signed by GOP members this summer.

Republicans said the redistricting documents dealt with attorney-client priviledge are were not "secrecy oaths."

"Whatever you want to call it, it is underminding the trust of what we do," said Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Whitefish Bay.

Rep. Erik Severson, R-Star Prairie, added that Dems should open their caucuses to the public and "lead by example."

Minority Leader Peter Barca responded that Dems would have loved for Severson to drop in on this afternoon's caucus.

"If there's anything -- anything -- we ought to be able to come to an agreement on, it should be to preserve the reputation of this great state," said Barca, D-Kenosha.

The pulling motion was rejected 38-57.

UPDATE: Rep. Jon Richards, D-Milwaukee, made another pulling motion on AJR 52, which would take up first consideration of a constitutional amendment requiring enactment of similar open meetings notice laws. That motion was also defeated on a 38-57 vote.


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