Reform Gets a Hearing

In this update: 1. Support expressed for reform bills at first-ever teleconferenced hearing 2. Campaign launched to keep court reform in the spotlight 3. Ellis-Erpenbach reform bill introduced Reform Gets a Hearing 

Email date: 5/28/09

In this update:
1. Support expressed for reform bills at first-ever teleconferenced hearing
2. Campaign launched to keep court reform in the spotlight
3. Ellis-Erpenbach reform bill introduced

At a rare joint public hearing held by Senate and Assembly committees in Eau Claire and Madison, citizens and advocacy groups were given a chance to put in their two cents on the Impartial Justice bill overhauling state Supreme Court elections and the Electioneering Disclosure bill closing the "issue ad" loophole in state law. To read the Democracy Campaign’s testimony, go here.

The hearing made history as it marked the first time a legislative public hearing was held simultaneously at the State Capitol and a satellite site via teleconferencing.

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In an effort to keep the momentum behind Supreme Court election reform going, a Democracy Campaign radio ad started airing today on 74 stations across the state. The selected stations include many small-town stations with news and talk formats, but also at least one in every major market in the state.

An Internet ad also started today on the Web site of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

It’s not too late to help us get the word out. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution today to make it possible for us to spread our message as far and wide as possible.

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The Ellis-Erpenbach campaign finance reform bill was reintroduced Tuesday as Senate Bill 221. The new version includes both the Impartial Justice and Electioneering Disclosure bills as well as a public financing program for all other state races.