Assembly expected to vote on Milwaukee County Board bill

CREATED May 8, 2013

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  • The Milwaukee County Courthouse. | Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is expected to vote on passing a bill that would reduce the power of the Milwaukee County Board, a move critics say could be extended to other units of local government across the state.

Republican backers say the Milwaukee County Board is their only target in the bill scheduled for debate Wednesday.

The Assembly previously debated it last month, but Democrats used a procedural move to delay a vote.

The bill would reduce the Milwaukee County Board's resources and authority, increase the power of the county executive, reduce the terms of county supervisors from four to two years, and require a binding referendum next year on cutting supervisor salaries in half.

Democrats argue it is a power grab.

Gov. Scott Walker supports the measure.