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Proposed changes to recalling public officials

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MADISON (WKOW) - The Assembly Committee on Elections voted in favor of Assembly Joint Resolution 25 Wednesday.  It would only allow recall efforts to proceed against elected officials who have either committed a crime or an ethics violation.

It would prevent recalls over policy decisions, like the one Governor  Scott Walker made on Act 10. 

Democrats say its an unnecessary fix.

"It is a very dangerous precedent, piled on some other things we're doing basically in this legislature to limit people's participation in their democracy," said Rep. Teresa Berceau (D-Madison), who joined the two other Democrats on the Committee in voting against the resolution, which passed 6-3.

But a lot more work is ahead for Republicans on AJR 25.  Because it seeks to establish a constitutional amendment changing the recall requirements, it would need to pass the full legislature in two consecutive sessions and then be approved by voters on a statewide ballot. 

A similar resolution was passed by the Assembly in 2012, but died in the State Senate.

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