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Even with bipartisan support some bills have trouble becoming law



In a divided government it is often difficult to get bills passed into law. We have certainly seen that in  Wisconsin, where very few bills authored by the Republican Legislature earned the signature of Democratic Governor Tony Evers. But every once in a while, a bill is introduced with bipartisan support. That is the case with Assembly Bill 567, which would allow clerks throughout Wisconsin to begin processing absentee ballots before election day. Currently clerks have to wait until the polls close to process absentee ballots, which is becoming a bigger and bigger job because of changes in how people vote. Allowing for processing starting the day before the election would help prevent the results from being known so late at night, or early the next day. What is known as ballot dumping would not happen under this bill, and people would be less suspicious of the results. The bill has the support of clerks throughout the state. The legislation was crafted by both Republicans and Democrats. It passed the Assembly with bipartisan votes, and has the support of both the Republican Speaker and the Democratic Governor. But with this year’s legislative session winding down, it appears this bill would not make it out of this session. Apparently even when just about everyone likes a piece of legislation, there still is no guarantee it will become law.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Kevin

    March 12, 2024 at 7:07 am

    I am kind of tired hearing the word Bipartisan. Seems like that is a much abused word. Both parties will routinely find a ‘token’ or passionate fence sitter, leverage them into voting against the party and then call it Bipartisan.

    What does that mean? It has no meaning, is that perhaps why these vaunted Bipartisan bills have problem becoming law, because the Bipartisan, is actually more like rogue support?

    Just tired of the bullshit!

    • Walden

      March 12, 2024 at 10:31 am

      So true, Kevin. Bipartisan’s cousin “Non-partisan” is another actor in the scam. Every time I have heard the liberal media quote “non-partisan” groups for this or that expertise, a quick look under the hood…at who is on the group’s board and primary funding sources quickly dispenses with the “non-partisan” myth. The term Non-partisan as used by the media is a psychological tool intended to falsely validate propaganda delivery to the low information voter.

  2. The Dude

    March 12, 2024 at 11:39 am

    THATa’ Boy Kevin

    Lay it out there and call the balls & strikes as you see them.

    Carry on my friend!

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