Amendment Limiting Recalls Passes WI Committee

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Assembly committee has approved a proposed amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution making it more difficult to recall elected officials from office.

The proposal before the Assembly's elections committee would bar voters from recalling state officeholders unless they've been charged with a felony or an ethics violation. Current state law doesn't require voters to supply a reason for a state or local recall effort.

The measure passed on a 6-3 vote, with all Republicans in favor and all Democrats against.

The measures come after Democrats forced a dozen GOP officeholders, including Gov. Scott Walker, into recalls in 2011 and 2012.

The proposal must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum before it can take effect. It passed the Assembly last year but died in the Senate.

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