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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

 2:59 PM 

Senate essentially kills constitutional amendment on Milwaukee County treasurer

In a move that seemed to catch the Senate off guard, Sen. Tim Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, essentially killed his own constitutional amendment that would make the Milwaukee County Treasurer an appointed position.

Carpenter said he had concerns about the options available to appoint the Milwaukee County Treasurer under the current resolution, which prompted him to offer an amendment to the joint resolution. That amendment was approved by voice vote, though Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Leibham, called for a voice vote twice to ensure there wasn't some confusion on what had taken place.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald asked Carpenter afterward whether he truly wanted that amendment, considering it would likely sink the bill this session. Carpenter said he was and reaffirmed his concerns.

Because the Assembly has stated it won't come back in this session, the change effectively kills the resolution this session since they would have to concur on the bill. It takes two consecutive sessions of the Legislature to pass a constitutional amendment before it can be put to a referendum.


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