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Rally at Capitol: Lawmakers Didn’t “Git-R-Done”

March 12, 2008

Madison, WI – State lawmakers are leaving a whole lot of unfinished business. That's the message in a "People's Legislature" rally on Thursday at the State Capitol.

As the session draws to a close, rally organizers accuse state lawmakers of "running out the clock" on a number of issues, and failing to allow the public sufficient input. Topics on the to-do list include health care, a smoke-free workplace law, Great Lakes protections, climate change, and campaign finance reform.

Mike McCabe with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign puts it bluntly: lawmakers aren't doing the jobs they were elected to do.

"The legislature has no business adjourning and leaving all this unfinished business. They need to deal with the problems that the public wants them to have dealt with."

McCabe says with the current Supreme Court race, he's especially disappointed that lawmakers didn't vote on the so-called "impartial justice" bill, a proposal to rein in the big money in judicial elections.

"Over two-thirds of state residents want this bill passed; they want something done to protect the integrity of our court."

He says the Wisconsin Legislature has both the time and the ability to extend the current session, or even call a special session, to finish up their work. The event begins Thursday (March 13) at 11:00 AM in the GAR Hearing Room.

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Rob Ferrett/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - WI