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A.G. Van Hollen featured on Capitol City Sunday


MADISON (WKOW) -- In the last year, several lawsuits have been filed against Act 10, the state law prohibiting most public workers from collective bargaining, and against the law requiring voters to show photo identification to get a ballot at the polls.

Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen is still surprised he's had to defend both so vigorously.

Van Hollen is the featured guest on Capitol City Sunday this weekend.

"The mindset changed, when Governor Walker became Governor," explained Van Hollen.  "I think those who have opposed some of the policy changes that he and the Legislature have made, decided that instead of trying to take this to the polls, they're going to take it to the courts to try and have things overturned.  I didn't expect that big of swing to try and overturn policy through the court system."

Van Hollen says he would like to see more focus on the Department of Justice's accomplishments.

"The DNA backlog, not only did we eliminate it, we made sure that it never came back and turn around times get faster and faster all the time," said Van Hollen.  "In the meantime, we received, voluntarily applied for and received an international accreditidation for the good job that our crime lab does."

In the second half of the show, State Capitol correspondents Scott Bauer of the Associated Press and Mary Spicuzza from the Wisconsin State Journal will preview the next legislative session.

Both say they still don't know whether Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin) will tackle controversial legislation such as right-to-work and same-day voter registration.

"Yeah, he's been very coy about some of those issues as to whether he would.  He hasn't come out and said that he would veto any of those bills. He said that he would not sign a bill that costs five million dollars, but he has not said that he wouldn't sign a bill that cost a million dollars," said Bauer.

"You know as we saw with Governor Doyle, when Democrats, when he was Governor and Democrats were in power, just because you're from the same party doesn't mean you have the same priorities," added Spicuzza.

Capitol City Sunday airs at 9:00 a.m. on WKOW.

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