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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

 9:16 PM 

Assembly approves recall amendment

The Assembly voted 60-37 Tuesday to amend the state Constitution to limit recalls to those who have been charged with a serious crime or violated a yet-to-be drafted code of ethics.

Dems complained the amendment was “sour grapes” over the recall efforts that have been launched over the past year and noted Republicans didn’t complain over their ability to target three Dem state senators for recall last summer. All three won re-election.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, said the decades old recall provision in the amendment pushed by “Fighting” Bob LaFollette and the progressives was perfect for “Deceiving” Scott Walker after he pledged during the 2010 campaign to bargain with public employee unions only to strip those powers away after winning office.

Rep. Chris Danou, D-Trempealeau, said politics is a tough business and lawmakers are subject to the will of the people. If they’re not strong enough to be subject to those whims, they should get out of the Legislature.

“I trust the people. Do you?” Danou asked. “That’s what this is about, trusting the people to make up their own minds.”

But Rep. Robin Vos, R-Rochester, countered asking the public to weigh in on whether recall election should be reined in is the perfect example of trusting the will of the people.

He added people across the state are unhappy with the recall process currently allowed and lawmakers shouldn’t be subject to a recall simply because of how they voted.

“That’s what elections are for,” Vos said. “You’ll have every single opportunity when they go to the ballot box to talk about their record.”


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