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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

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Senate, Assembly still in campaign finance talks

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said prior to the floor session today that negotiations with the Senate are ongoing over his campaign finance bill.

The Rochester Republican said those negotiations could lead to amendments on the floor today, but he would not say what they might be.

"Of course we'll be willing to listen," Vos said, "but I'm not going to negotiate in the press."

The GAB bill, likewise, is facing hesitation in the Senate. Bill author Rep. Dean Knudson, R-Hudson, said today he is confident in his version of the bill, including how it relates to the makeup of the proposed ethics and elections boards. That makeup has been listed among the concerns in the Senate.

Knudson would not say for certain if he would entertain changes to his bill.

"In politics," he said, "you never say 'never.'"

Both bills would usher in corruption in Wisconsin, Rep. Peter Barca said before the floor session. He cited the campaign finance bill's allowance of unlimited spending with no disclosure as a particularly "egregious" provision.

Vos said such provisions already are allowed under law. His bill, he said, simply codifies it.

But the vote today, Barca said, including concurrence on the Senate's John Doe bill will hurt Republicans.

"I think they will be run out on a rail in many cases," the Kenosha Dem said.


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