More than two weeks after the Assembly finalized passage of a bill that would dismantle the state’s rogue political speech regulator, Gov. Scott Walker has yet to sign the legislation into law. And it’s not clear when he will do so. “I don’t have an update beyond what I have previously provided, which is that he will review this legislation and supports overall reform of the Government Accountability Board to provide a replacement that is fair, transparent, and accountable to Wisconsinites,” Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick told Wisconsin Watchdog in an email Monday. The Republican-led Assembly on Nov. 16, in “extraordinary session” and on a party-line vote, passed the bill, ending what state Rep. Dean Knudson has described as Wisconsin’s “failed experiment.”
“Today’s reforms will see citizens supervise Wisconsin elections and ethics, as they should,” the Hudson Republican said in a statement. Knudson authored the Assembly version of the reform bill. “People expect their government to work for them, and there is no better way for this to happen than to put citizens in charge of the process.”
Republican lawmakers tell Wisconsin Watchdog they remain confident Walker will sign the bill, definitely by year’s end.
Walker and his campaign were targeted by the GAB and their prosecutor partners at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in a political investigation that also went after 29 conservative groups.
Full Article: Walker yet to sign GAB overhaul bill – Watchdog.org.