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Monday, November 16, 2015

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Knudson willing to accept Senate's GAB amendments

Rep. Dean Knudson said today he is willing to accept the Senate's amendments to his GAB overhaul bill.

The Hudson Republican, though, said he doesn't "really agree" with a Senate amendment to the bill that, in the case of a commission deadlock in selecting the administrator, would require the Joint Committee on Legislative Organization appoint an interim who could serve up to a year. JCLO then would repeat the process until the commission agrees on an administrator.

"The biggest failure for us would be to fail to reform the Government Accountability Board," Knudson said.

Dem Rep. Peter Barca prior to the floor session blasted the amendment, saying it is part of Republican actions that took a bad bill and "made them worse." The amendment, Barca said, introduces partisan politics to the process.

He said a different Senate amendment that included retired judges in the formation of a new Ethics Commission was a positive improvement to the bill. But, the Kenosha Dem said, the administrator amendment means the changes are "sort of two steps forward, three steps back."


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