Wisconsin State Legislature

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It’s been a busy session for Republicans who control the state Legislature. They passed several pieces of landmark legislation early in the two-year period. Those include a right-to-work law and a bill that is dismantling the Government Accountability Board. Yet, some hot button issues ended up dying in committee.

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UPDATE: The full state Senate is slated to take up the bill on February 16, 2016.

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On Thursday, GOP members of a state Senate committee advanced an amended bill to the full Senate that could ease the process of private companies buying municipal water utilities. The Republican-controlled Assembly has already said yes.

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Wisconsin could soon assign a watchdog to each state agency. The person’s job would be to guard against government waste and fraud.

Some Republican lawmakers are pushing a bill that would set up an Office of Inspector General. It would employ more than a dozen new hires who would fan out among departments. The proposal is divisive.