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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

 2:38 PM 

Assembly concurs in measure altering bill publication process

The Assembly has concurred in SB 2 by a 59-37 margin, sending the bill to the governor’s desk.

The bill largely removes the secretary of state from the process of publishing enacted legislation, instead delegating that authority to the Legislative Reference Bureau.

Rep. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater and the bill’s author, said the decision by Secretary of State Doug La Follette with regard to publishing Act 10 in 2011 exemplified the archaic nature of the provision.

Nass said the current 10-day window for the secretary to publish legislation dates to a time before modern technology, but is “very, very arbitrary” today. He added that the bill would remove politics from the publication process, saying the measure was not meant to retaliate over how the collective bargaining bill was enacted.

“It treats all bills the same, equally,” Nass said.

Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, countered that the bill was “mean and vindictive,” proposed “out of spite for what happened two years ago.”


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