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Proposed constitutional amendment would change Wisconsin's recall rules


MADISON (WSAU) Wisconsin public officials would no longer be recalled for the stands they take, under a constitutional amendment to be debate in the state Assembly today. G-O-P finance chair Robin Vos of Racine County is the chief sponsor of the amendment. It would allow officials to be recalled only if they’re charged with serious crimes, or if there’s a reason to show that they violated the state ethics code.

Two Republican state senators were recalled a year ago because they voted for the state law which virtually ended collective bargaining for most public employee unions. Governor Scott Walker and five other Republicans are being targeted this year for the same reason.

Vos’s amendment would have to be approved in two consecutive legislative sessions, and then by the voters in a statewide referendum. It would apply to the state’s elected officials from Congress down to the state-and-local levels.