Word out of the Capitol is that a state Assembly committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 4th at 10am at the Wisconsin State Capital (417 North) on yet-to-be-introduced legislation that restricts voting rights while enhancing special interest influence over elections, with a committee vote on the bill coming later next week.
The draft legislation was quietly circulated by its author, Greendale Republican Jeff Stone, to other legislators last Friday afternoon as the long Memorial Day weekend commenced. The bill seeks to resuscitate controversial voter ID requirements, shortens the time allowed for early voting but allows more time for lobbyists to make campaign donations, removes the prohibition on corporate election spending from state law while adding a loophole to the law allowing interest groups to avoid disclosing their election campaigning, and limits the public’s right to recall elected officials, among many other changes.
For more on what this legislation does and why it is being pushed so hard, so fast and so surreptitiously, check out the latest entry on our Big Money Blog.
As soon as official notice of a public hearing is provided and the date, time and location are confirmed, we will follow up with another e-lert. Plan on coming to the Capitol on Tuesday if you can. If you cannot make it to the hearing, please take the time to call or email members of the committee to express opposition to this legislation known for the time being by its drafter’s notation, LRB 1763.
Members of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee include: