One More Step to History

In this update: 1. Action Alert: Contact Governor Doyle, tell him to sign Impartial Justice 2. The lesson of 2005 Act 176 One More Step to History 

Email date: 11/11/09

In this update:
1. Action Alert: Contact Governor Doyle, tell him to sign Impartial Justice
2. The lesson of 2005 Act 176

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Action Alert: Contact Governor Doyle, tell him to sign Impartial Justice
Last week something happened that many Capitol observers had thought impossible. When both houses of the Legislature passed the Impartial Justice bill establishing publicly financed state Supreme Court elections, Wisconsin moved to within one step of becoming the first state in the nation to enact public financing legislation this year and only the third ever to adopt judicial public financing, joining North Carolina and New Mexico.

The one remaining step is Governor Jim Doyle’s signature. The governor told news reporters before the Legislature acted that he planned to sign the bill, but nothing can be taken for granted until there is dry ink on signed legislation.

Please contact Governor Doyle today and tell him how important it is to you that he sign the Impartial Justice bill. The number to call is 608-266-1212.

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The lesson of 2005 Act 176
When we say nothing can be taken for granted, the strange tale of 2005 Act 176 serves as a constant reminder. To make a long story short, a campaign finance disclosure reform long sought by the Democracy Campaign was passed by both houses of the Legislature in the 2005-2006 session and was signed into law by the governor in early 2006. But after this new law was made, it was unmade singlehandedly by the Revisor of Statutes office.

We have been trying ever since to get Act 176 reenacted, and next Tuesday the proposed legislation that would do it gets a hearing in an Assembly committee.