When special elections are needed, a new bill would require they be held without delay.
Current state law is silent on how much time can pass between a vacancy in the Wisconsin Legislature and when the governor can or should call an election to fill it. State Representative Mark Pocan and Senator-elect Jennifer Shilling think 60 days is enough.
That way people living in the district don’t lose their voice in legislative matters for an excessive amount of time. Pocan says putting the limit at 30 days might give an unfair advantage to some potential candidates.
Shilling’s vacant Assembly seat will have to be filled by a special election, after her recent recall victory over Republican Senator Dan Kapanke.