Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wisconsin Senate Passes April Presidential Primary Bill

Fast track is right.

The day after the Wisconsin Senate Transportation and Elections Committee passed SB 115 -- making it available for consideration on the floor -- the full state Senate took up the matter. On a voice vote with no opposition, the legislation to move the Badger state presidential primaries back into compliance with national parties' rules -- a point the bill's sponsor Sen. Mary Lazich raised in her short statement of support for the bill -- passed the Senate.

The amended version of the legislation now heads to the Assembly for consideration by the lower chamber. The committee amendment agreed to by the full Senate in no way affects the presidential primary date change -- from the third Tuesday in February to the first Tuesday in April -- but does clarify language regarding the deadline by which the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board must submit a certified list of presidential candidates to local elections officials.

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