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Republican lawmaker hopes to have bill reorganizing Wisconsin elections board by April


MADISON, Wisconsin — A Republican state lawmaker working on reorganizing the nonpartisan board that oversees elections and ethics laws in Wisconsin says he hopes to have a proposal ready for debate by April.

Rep. Dean Knudson (kuh-NOOD'-son), of Hudson, tells The Associated Press on Thursday that he's still working with Republicans in the Senate on how to reconfigure the Government Accountability Board.

It currently consists of retired judges. Knudson says he supports including some partisan appointees.

He says he hopes to have a proposal ready to introduce "sometime soon," hopefully by April.

Debate over the makeup of the board comes at the same time the Legislature is looking at updating Wisconsin's campaign finance laws that the board enforces in light of a variety of rulings striking down key provisions.

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