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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

 2:45 PM 

Milwaukee tech college board changes delayed

Senate Dems have objected to third reading of a bill altering the membership of the Milwaukee County Technical College Board, stalling the measure for today's session.

Under a substitute amendment backed by the chamber, the bill would specify that the nine-member board consist of five members affiliated with employers, one school district administrator, one elected official and two additional members.

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend and the bill's author, said that the business community in Milwaukee had expressed concern about the direction of MATC and the progress of students graduating from the school.

Milwaukee Dems defended the school and ripped the proposal's change from a statewide tech college bill to a measure focused on MATC.

"I don't know if we're legislating on heresay today," responded Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, saying the bill should have at least had a public hearing in the Milwaukee area.

His motion to return the bill to committee was rejected 16-17.

Sen. Spencer Coggs, D-Milwaukee, expressed concern about the impact of increased business representation on an entity that owns two TV stations.

"This is the epitome of a power grab," Coggs said.

The bill has stalled in the Assembly, where Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater, has announced the votes aren't there to move the bill through the Colleges and Universties Committee.


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