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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 7:43 PM 

Audit amendment to civil service prompts Nass comments

A Dem amendment calling for annual audits of the civil service system led Sen. Steve Nass to say it has been made clear to him any changes to the bill will kill it.

The audit provision was a part of the Senate bill, which was tabled during the session today. That version, for which Nass was a co-sponsor, also would have eliminated the "ban the box" provision in the Assembly version that prohibits asking applicants early in the hiring process about their criminal past.

Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, said he supports the audit.

"Put your money where your mouth is," he said.

Doing so, Nass said, means supporters would lose the entire bill. And that, he said, is frustrating.

"The Assembly has, quite frankly, staked out their position pretty harshly," Nass, R-Whitewater, said, adding it's "bogus" for lawmakers to use time left in the session as a reason for not acting on the bill.

Nass' comments prompted Sen. Julie Lassa, D-Stevens Point, to urge her colleagues to act independently.

"Speaker Vos does not rule the state Senate," she said.


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