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Proposal would eliminate two state elected offices


MADISON (WKOW) -- Two Republicans have drawn up a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the positions of state treasurer and secretary of state in Wisconsin and are trying to find co-sponsors for their plan. 

Reps. Michael Schraa and Tyler August say both offices no longer have any real responsibilities and eliminating them would save the state money. Rep. August called the offices "meaningless" in a statement released Thursday.

A message left at the state treasurer's office wasn't immediately returned.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, a Democrat, called the amendment silly. He says lawmakers should bring his office's responsibilities back in line with secretaries of state elsewhere in the country.

A constitutional amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. The earliest the referendum could take place would be 2015.


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