Madison
53° F
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly Cloudy
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
  • Buddy Check 3

    Learn more about Buddy Check and sign up to get a reminder to perform a self-exam and remind your friends to do the same.

  • Cruiser

    Cruiser

    Your pet photos

    Email us a picture of you and your pet and we'll use it in out Pet Walk segment which airs every weekday morning at 6:40. Include your name, your pet's name and where you're from. Email to petwalk@wisctv.com.

  • Time for Kids - Explore the Outdoors

    Dean Clinic and WISC-TV3 are focusing on a year-long campaign to get kids off their electronics and into the outdoors.

Advertisement