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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 3:25 PM 

Senate concurs on amendment to elections bill

The Senate via voice vote concurred on an amendment the Assembly made to legislation that would allow electronic registration, among other changes to election law.

Dems raised concerns the bill was poised to be signed by the guv just weeks before the April election, possibly causing issues for local officials. But Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg and co-author of the bill, said the legislation was important because it ensures veteran ID cards can be used at the polls.

The amendment the Assembly added to the bill deals with a campaign contributions provision. The tweak would serve as a catch-all, making sure there are limits for campaign contributions to state lawmakers from federal PACs.

UPDATE: The Senate has also concurred on changes the Assembly made to three other bills:

SB 615, a special needs scholarship bill that carries an amendment from Assembly Speaker Robin Vos to adjust the funding formula public schools use for school choice students. It would reduce the property tax levy authority districts have for students who enroll in the voucher program. But critics have raised concerns the amendment would cut available revenue for those districts.

SB 546, to create an Internet crimes against children surcharge.

SB 581, which would change the salary threshold for when a volunteer fire fighter, EMT or first responder in a city, town or village can also hold elected office with that municipality.




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