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Panel considers bill limiting local recalls

Published On: May 21 2013 10:47:50 AM CDT   Updated On: May 21 2013 01:17:30 PM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

A group of Wisconsin town officials say the state should raise its bar for recalling local officials.

Voters are now allowed to recall local elected officials if the reason for the recall is related to the person's official responsibilities.

Under a bill introduced by Republican Rep. Alvin Ott, of Forest Junction, they would have to show that the official has been charged with committing a crime or committing an ethics violation.

Ott says constant recalls create chaos and divert officials' focus from important issues.

Town of Middleton board supervisor Timothy Roehl told the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections on Tuesday that each recall costs the town about $6,000, which is a problem when it can't raise more money.

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