Wis. Senate to take up change to bill publication

Democratic Secretary of State Doug La Follette says it’s ridiculous that the Republican-controlled state Senate plans to vote a proposal that takes power away from La Follette’s office to delay publishing bills passed by the Legislature.

Under the proposal before the Senate on Tuesday, the Legislative Reference Bureau would be required to publish bills they day after they are signed by the governor. Currently, the secretary of state has that power and he can wait up to 10 days to publish bills.

The usually routine procedure came under the spotlight in 2011 when La Follette did not immediately publish the bill effectively ending collective bargaining for public workers.

La Follette says the bill is “a solution seeking a problem that doesn’t exist.”