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Committee votes to approve cutting 10-day wait period to enact laws


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It appears that Wisconsin’s Democratic Secretary of State will lose his power to delay the start of new state laws by 10 days.

The Republican-controlled Senate Organization Committee voted 3-2 Monday to advance a proposal to have the Legislative Reference Bureau publish a bill the day after it’s signed by the governor.

The new law would take effect at that time, unless a specific date is placed on the measure.

Secretary of State Doug La Follette used the obscure 10 day publication time limit in 2011 to hold up the law which virtually ended collective bargaining by most public unions. Republicans did an end run around La Follette, and had the Legislative Reference Bureau publish the union law instead.

The Senate could take up the change Tuesday.

It was sponsored by West Bend Republican Glenn Grothman. La Follette said the union law was the only time that the 10 day waiting period caused any controversy. He said those in power, “think they can rush everything through. It’s one more thing in diminishing the people’s ability to learn what’s going on.”