Wisconsin Senate Chief Clerk Says Vote Was Procedurally Sound
12:02 AM, Mar 10, 2011 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
Some Democrats, such as state senator Julie Lassa and leader of the Assembly's Democrats Peter Barca, are claiming that the vote Wednesday night on the budget repair bill violated the state's Open Meetings Law because the senate did not give 24 hours notice before convening. But Wisconsin's Senate Chief Clerk, who offers non-partisan parliamentary and legal advice to the chamber, sent out a note tonight saying that the vote was above board. "[T]he notice appears to have satisfied the requirements of the rules and statutes," according to Senate Chief Clerk Rob Marchant.
Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald's office passed along an email tonight that included Marchant's statement:
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