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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

 2:10 PM 

Dems move to take up WEDC resolution

After passage of two bills -- measures requiring registered sex offenders to notify school officials if they appear on school grounds, and expanding the definition of intoxicant in statute to include inhalants for driving while intoxicated offenses -- Dems have proposed their WEDC resolution on the floor.

“I have never seen an audit that suggests that (an agency is) not following the law,” said Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, about a recent state audit of the agency.

“We have been doing a lousy job as a Legislature at holding this agency responsible.”

Barca added that it would be “irresponsible” to vote on funding for the WEDC -- a motion scheduled for the Joint Finance Committee on Thursday -- given that “they have violated the law on a number of issues.”

“At what point are you going to call for some accountability?” asked Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, who slammed GOP lawmakers over their criticism the University of Wisconsin System’s reserves in recent weeks.

“It’s getting embarrassing, and the fact that none of you speak up drives me crazy.”


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