Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2-12-14 state assembly approves bill abolishing state treasurer position

The Wisconsin Assembly has voted for a proposal to eliminate the state treasurer position.  Rep. Michael Schraa, an Oshkosh Republican, introduced the constitutional amendment that would make Wisconsin one of five states that has a different office doing the treasurer's work.   Wisconsin has for six years taken duties away from the office now held by Republican Kurt Schuller. He campaigned on eliminating the position, but
said the Legislature should stop trying if it doesn't pass the amendment this session.   Schraa's proposal initially called for eliminating both the state treasurer and secretary of state's office.  Constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a voter referendum. The state can't eliminate the position once someone is elected this November, making the earliest the treasurer could be abolished is January 2019.

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