Undecided Senate Republicans are grappling with pressure from groups on opposing sides of bills to replace the state’s Government Accountability Board and rewrite state campaign finance law. The GOP-controlled Assembly voted largely on party lines to pass the bills last week, less than two weeks after they were introduced. But the Senate, also under Republican control, isn’t rushing to get the bills to the desk of Gov. Scott Walker. “I don’t think there’s any sense of urgency, at least on my part,” Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, said Tuesday. “I’m still studying the options.”
“It’s more important to do it right than to hurry it,” Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, said Wednesday.
The Government Accountability Board bill has been stalled, in part, by concerns about the makeup of the two new boards it would create to replace the GAB.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, told WKOW-TV that he and other senators have qualms with the campaign finance bill — particularly how it addresses whether outside advocacy groups can work closely with candidates for office.