Assembly passes bill targeting Milwaukee board

CREATED May 8, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a bill that would reduce the power of the Milwaukee County Board.

Democrats tried in vain to stop the measure Wednesday, which they said was an attack on local governments' power to control themselves. But Republican backers say the Milwaukee Board is out of control and won't reform itself.

The bill passed on a 59-39 vote. It now heads to the Senate, which was expected to debate it next week.

The proposal 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.