Democrats remain critical of Republican John Doe, campaign, GAB bills

By Larry Lee, WSAU Radio




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MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Democrats are sounding off about three Republican pieces of legislation that are moving through the Capitol this week. The bills change how John Doe investigations can be used, eliminates the Government Accountability Board and it's oversight of elections, and the third one changes the rules for political campaign donations.
Assistant Minority Leader Katrina Shankland of Stevens Point believes the three bills strip away accountability. "What these bills are really setting us up for is a lack of accountability in elections, a lack of accountability in ethics, and a lack of accountability when it comes to spending money on campaigns."
The John Doe reform bill passed the Senate Tuesday night. Republican Senator Tom Tiffany disagrees with Shankland's position, saying “In light of what was leaked and reported on regarding the John Doe investigations, Senate Bill 43 and Assembly Bill 68 open the process to greater accountability and transparency." He says, "It is the Legislature’s job to protect the rights of citizens against abusive prosecutors, and the John Doe Reform Bill works to preserve those rights to the fullest extent.”
The Assembly takes up the John Doe bill Wednesday.