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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

 6:03 PM 

Senate concurs on treasurer's office constitutional amendment

A constitutional amendment that would eliminate the office of the state treasurer is another step closer to passage, having cleared both houses of the Legislature this session.

The Senate approved the amendment 20-13, with Dems Fred Risser, of Madison, and Tim Carpenter, of Milwaukee, in favor. Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield, voted against.

For the constitutional amendment to succeed, the resolution would have to be passed by two successive legislatures and then in a statewide referendum.

Senate Dems argued the resolution would take the state in the wrong direction. Sen. Kathleen Vinehout said the treasurer should be given more responsibility rather than disappearing.

"Instead of getting rid of the treasurer and secretary of state," Sen. Kathleen Vinehout, D-Alma, said, "I think we have to give them a real job."

But the vote tonight simply moves the resolution forward in the process, Sen. Richard Gudex said. The Fond du Lac Republican said the final decision will not rest with the Legislature.

"Here's a novel idea: Let's put the question to the people," Gudex said.

Approval of the change would eliminate from the constitution a position now held by Matt Adamczyk, who was elected in fall 2014. During his campaign, he promised to try to eliminate the state treasurer’s position.


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