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Bill making recalling municipal officials tougher gets public hearing

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It would be harder to recall local government leaders under a bill that up’s for a public hearing Tuesday at the State Capitol.

Almost two dozen Republican lawmakers are co-sponsoring the measure.

It would allow recalls of municipal officials and school board members only if they’re charged with crimes, or accused of ethics violations.

The bill does not apply to state officials and legislators – a number of whom were put up for recall because of their votes for or against the 2011 law which virtually ended collective bargaining by most public employee unions.

Robert Kraig of Wisconsin Citizen Action says the bill would make local leaders less accountable to the public.