Friday, February 1, 2013

He Coulda Been Somebody

The debate over the duties of the Wisconsin Secretary of State has been going on for quite a few years. It came to a head during the Act 10 enactment when Sec. Doug La Follette decided he has the right to get involved in determining whether and when bills passed and signed by the legislature and Governor should take effect.

His obviously partisan move in 2010 will in all probability result in the continued diminishing role and duties of his office.  La Follette used his limited power to stall publication of Act 10 thus giving opponents of the bill time to use courts in Madison to file legal objections and adding to the already chaotic atmosphere. The fight was over when is a passed bill becomes a law and who's publication of the bill is the official act.

A bill by Sen. Glen Grothmann (R-West Bend) that requires that a bill must published by the Legislative Reference Bureau the day after it is signed by the Governor, unless stipulated in the bill, passed the state senate 17-14 and will in all probability pass the assembly when it convenes again in February.   

I can't confirm the stories of the screaming heard out of the Secretary of State's office of "I could've been somebody" are true. Here's what I imagined happened when Sen. Chris Larson and Sec. La Follette met up.

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