Madison
53° F
Overcast
Overcast
Advertisement

AG says he needs solicitor general position

Published On: Mar 19 2013 04:45:31 PM CDT
J.B. Van Hollen
MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen is telling legislators he needs a new solicitor general position in the state Justice Department to help defend Gov. Scott Walker's policies.

Walker's executive budget includes $960,500 for a solicitor general's office. Both Walker and Van Hollen are Republicans.

Van Hollen justified the move to the Legislature's finance committee Tuesday, saying the office could help DOJ litigate complicated cases.

Democrats on the panel questioned why Van Hollen can't use the attorneys he already has. Van Hollen countered his lawyers are stretched thin and don't have the expertise needed to deal with all the court challenges Walker's policies have sparked.

For example, he said it's hard to find DOJ attorneys who aren't in a union to handle challenges to Walker's contentious collective bargaining changes.

Advertisement
  • Lindsay Lohan in court new

    David McNew/Reuters

    Worst celebrity drivers

    NBA star Dwight Howard's Florida driver's license has been suspended after he failed to pay a ticket for running a red light, Reuters reported. In turns out Howard was ticketed an astonishing 10 times for running red lights in the Orlando area, and received four speeding tickets, 12 citations for failing to pay highway tolls and one citation for failing to change his address on his driver's license. Take a look at the worst celebrity drivers.

  • California fires night firefighters

    Noah Berger/Reuters

    Wildfires rage out of control in California

    Hundreds of homes have been destroyed by wildfires raging out of control in drought-stricken California. Thousands more are threatened.

  • Scotland independence crowd

    REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

    Celebs react to Scotland's independence vote

    Scots head to the polls today to vote on the future of their country. The outcome could end Scotland's 307-year union with England and Wales as Great Britain -- and see it launch into the world as an independent nation of some 5.3 million people. Take a look at celebrity (both Scottish and not) reactions to the referendum.

Advertisement