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Hearings planned on eliminating two state political offices

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The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.
The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.

UNDATED (WSAU) Wisconsin lawmakers will hear what people think today about the long-running idea to eliminate the State Treasurer and Secretary-of-State offices. The Assembly Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing late this morning on a proposed constitutional amendment to do away with both offices by 2015. It would need approval in two consecutive legislative sessions, and then by voters in a statewide referendum.

Republican State Treasurer Kurt Schuller campaigned on the idea of eliminating his post. But Secretary-of-State Doug La Follette has fought off numerous efforts to get his rid of the position he’d held for over three decades. The new state budget drastically reduces the duties of both offices. Many have been passed on to other agencies. La Follette is the only Democratic constitutional office-holder. And he has used his power to publish state laws to temporarily delay some of Governor Scott Walker’s most controversial initiatives – including the one that limits collective bargaining by most public employee unions.

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