McCallum Board Proposal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Gov. McCallum wants to combine the state Elections and Ethics boards into a new seven-member body.

He also wants to add a permanent investigator and attorney in a new division that would handle violations of state ethics and elections laws.

Those proposals are part of a package he released Friday to overhaul Wisconsin's ethics and elections laws. He had a task force work out many of the proposals in response to a series of scandals in Wisconsin politics.

McCallum says he would send the package to the Legislature in January to strengthen existing ethics and elections laws and create new ones.

The package includes:

  • Banning all fund-raising by legislators and the governor from the time the biannual budget bill is introduced until it is signed into law.

  • Make gubernatorial appointments automatic within 120 days if not acted upon and rejected by the Senate.

  • Require regular training on ethics, lobbying and election laws for state public officials.