Email date: 1/30/07
Both houses of the Wisconsin Legislature today overwhelmingly passed the ethics reform bill that was the subject of a special legislative session. To read the statement the Democracy Campaign issued after the Assembly gave final approval to the bill moments ago, go here.
The 97-2 vote in the Assembly culminated a whirlwind of activity today on the ethics bill. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee unanimously approved the bill this morning, setting the stage for floor debate. The Senate unanimously passed the legislation without amendment early this afternoon, and the Assembly vote followed a few hours later. Governor Doyle will sign the bill in the coming days, and will undoubtedly tout the bipartisan accomplishment in his State of the State address tonight.
The Democracy Campaign hopes this will be the first of many legislative victories that serve to restore Wisconsin’s good name. When the Democracy Campaign put forward our five-step Power to the Voter agenda, we called for "independent ethics and campaign finance law enforcement by restructuring the state Elections Board and Ethics Board into a single agency with expanded enforcement powers and more resources, under the direction of a politically independent board".We got that today.
Even as we celebrate this victory, we don’t rest. Now we move on to taking the other steps that need to be taken to win back Wisconsin’s reputation for clean, open and accountable government.