Bill Would Nix State Treasurer, Secretary of State Offices
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two Republicans have drawn up a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state treasurer and secretary of state positions.
Reps. Michael Schraa and Tyler August are trying to secure co-sponsors for the measure. They say both offices no longer have any real responsibilities and eliminating them would save taxpayer dollars. August called the offices "meaningless" in a statement Thursday.
A message left at the treasurer's office wasn't immediately returned. Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, a Democrat, called the amendment silly. He says lawmakers should restore his office's duties to bring the post's responsibilities back in line with secretaries of state elsewhere in the country.
A constitutional amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. The earliest the referendum could take place would be 2015.