Senate committee approves Milwaukee County Board bill

CREATED May. 8, 2013

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

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A state Senate committee has approved 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.

The state Assembly is scheduled to vote on passing the bill on Wednesday afternoon.

The Senate version passed 3-2 in a committee vote, with Republicans in support and Democrats opposed.

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.

Republican backers say the Milwaukee County Board is their only target, while opponents say other local governments could be targeted next.