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Legislature's budget committee plans to keep judicial advisory, investigatory panels unchanged


MADISON, Wisconsin — Republican leaders of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee say they plan to reject Gov. Scott Walker's proposals eliminating a judicial advisory panel and putting a judicial investigatory commission under control of the state Supreme Court.

The panel started taking votes on Walker's budget on Wednesday.

The co-chairs say they plan to reject Walker's proposal to put the Judicial Commission under control of the state Supreme Court.

Both Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson and Justice Annette Ziegler, along with the executive director of the commission, had objected to the move. Neither the court nor the commission requested the change.

Walker had defended the move as helping to streamline operations.

The co-chairs say they will also not do away with the Judicial Council, which advises policy makers on court-related issues.

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