October 8, 2015 •
Wisconsin Legislators Introduce Bill to Create Ethics and Elections Commissions
Wisconsin legislators introduced bills Wednesday to double political contribution limits, amend campaign finance rules, and divide the state’s Government Accountability Board. Critics argue the agency split is a bad idea, as it turns over control from nonpartisan judges to partisan appointees.
The specific bill would create two new agencies, the Elections Commission and the Ethics Commission, to oversee laws on ethics, campaign finance, and lobbying. Legislators intend to amend the bill to ensure the six-member commissions are split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.
Both commissions would go into effect June 30, 2016.
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