Wisconsin Senate Approves Eliminating State Treasurer

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The state treasurer position would no longer exist under a constitutional amendment approved by the Wisconsin state Senate.

The Senate passed the amendment on an 18-15 vote Tuesday. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday. Once approved by both houses it would be put for a vote of the people in the April 2018 election.

Democratic opponents argue that the office should have its duties restored and bolstered to serve as a check and balance on the executive branch. Supporters of the amendment say it makes no sense to keep the office since its duties have been all-but eliminated in recent years.

Two Republican joined with all Democrats in voting against the measure. They were Senators Chris Kapenga of Delafield and Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls.

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