Scrutiny for GAB decisions

A press release from Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald indicates some close scrutiny in the works for the state’s Government Accountability Board.

Earlier this month, the Government Accountability Board announced two new opinions dealing with recall petitions and photo ID enforcement. Today, Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon) called on the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules to review those decisions, in order to ensure clean, fair elections across the board in Wisconsin.

“Elections are supposed to be a true measure of the will of the people,” said Rep. Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon). “The Legislature has a responsibility to make sure that ethics and elections laws are properly enforced and not misinterpreted.”

The GAB rulings were made on Monday, September 12. One aims to allow a sticker on campus ID cards for voting purposes and the other allows recall positions downloaded from a website to contain pre-printed information. The GAB was created by the Legislature in 2007 as a non-partisan entity to enforce state’s the ethics and elections laws.

“Wisconsin used to have a reputation for clean government, balanced budgets and real reform,” said Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), “but the recalls, the rhetoric, and the permanent campaign cycle have changed that. Restoring public trust can very easily be a bipartisan goal, and we have a process in place to make sure that this non-partisan board is enforcing the Legislature’s laws in a non-partisan way.”

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