GOP Leaders Cancel Planned Tuesday Session On Legislation

The state Senate has canceled its scheduled session day Tuesday as deals remain elusive on a pair of bills that would dissolve Wisconsin's unique nonpartisan elections board and overhaul the state's campaign finance law.

Republican senators were set to meet privately on Tuesday to discuss the measures.

Both bills have passed the Assembly, and Republican leaders in the Senate have been trying to reach a deal to vote on them as early as Tuesday. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald spokeswoman Myranda Tanck said Monday it is still possible the Senate will meet later this week.

Some moderate Republicans want to see changes in both bills, including retaining nonpartisan judges on the elections board instead of switching to all partisan appointees.

One bill would specifically replace the Government Accountability Board with two separate commissions that would respectfully oversee ethics and elections in the state. The other bill in question would allow candidates to work closely with shadowy issue advocacy groups.

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