Majority of New Legislature on Record in Favor of Reform

November 6, 2008

Madison - More than half of the members of the new Legislature have either voted for or publicly committed to support two important campaign reforms.

Fifty-one elected to the 99-member Assembly and 25 of the 33-member Senate are on record in favor of electioneering disclosure legislation that would require special interest groups that sponsor phony election-season "issue ads" to reveal how much they spend and who is paying for the advertising as well as follow existing state limits on campaign contributions. This not only bodes well for passage of disclosure legislation but also legislative endorsement of new disclosure rules the Government Accountability Board will consider and may approve as soon as next Tuesday.

There also is demonstrated majority support in the new Legislature for the Impartial Justice bill creating a system of publicly financed state Supreme Court elections, with 50 members of the Assembly and 22 members of the Senate already on record in favor of the reform.

Ten members of the new Legislature, including eight newly elected lawmakers, have not taken a public position on the two reforms. Of the 10, eight are in the Assembly and two are newly elected senators. Six of the 10 are Republicans and four are Democrats.

Senate SupportAssembly Support

2009 Senate
Impartial Justice YES Votes
Carpenter, Tim
Coggs, G Spencer
Darling, Alberta
Decker, Russ
Ellis, Michael
Erpenbach, Jon
Hansen, Dave
Harsdorf, Sheila
Jauch, Bob
Kreitlow, Pat
Lassa, Julie
Lehman, John
Miller, Mark
Olsen, Luther
Plale, Jeff
Risser, Fred
Robson, Judith
Schultz, Dale
Sullivan, Jim
Taylor, Lena C
Vinehout, Kathleen
Wirch, Robert
22 votes
Disclosure YES Votes
Carpenter, Tim
Coggs, G Spencer
Cowles, Robert
Darling, Alberta
Decker, Russ
Ellis, Michael
Erpenbach, Jon
Hansen, Dave
Harsdorf, Sheila
Jauch, Bob
Kapanke, Dan
Kreitlow, Pat
Lasee, Alan
Lassa, Julie
Lehman, John
Miller, Mark
Olsen, Luther
Plale, Jeff
Risser, Fred
Robson, Judith
Schultz, Dale
Sullivan, Jim
Taylor, Lena C
Vinehout, Kathleen
Wirch, Robert
25 votes

2009 Assembly
Impartial Justice YES Votes
Benedict, Chuck
Berceau, Terese
Bernard Schaber, Penny
Black, Spencer
Clark, Fred
Colon, Pedro
Cullen, David
Danou, Chris
Fields, Jason M
Garthwaite, Phil
Grigsby, Tamara D
Hebl, Gary
Hilgenberg, Steve
Hintz, Gordon N
Hixson, Kim
Hraychuck, Ann
Hubler, Mary
Jorgensen, Andy
Kaufert, Dean
Kessler, Frederick P
Krusick, Peggy
Mason, Cory
Milroy, Nick
Molepske, Louis John Jr
Nelson, Tom
Parisi, Joseph T
Pasch, Sandra
Pocan, Mark
Pope-Roberts, Sondy
Richards, Jon
Roys, Kelda Helen
Schneider, Marlin
Seidel, Donna J
Sheridan, Mike
Sherman, Gary
Shilling, Jennifer
Sinicki, Christine
Smith, Jeff
Soletski, Jim
Spanbauer, Richard J
Staskunas, Tony
Steinbrink, John
Toles, Barbara L
Turner, Robert
Van Akkeren, Terry
Vruwink, Amy Sue
Williams, Annette Polly
Young, Leon
Zepnick, Josh
Zigmunt, Ted
50 votes
Disclosure YES Votes
Benedict, Chuck
Berceau, Terese
Bernard Schaber, Penny
Black, Spencer
Clark, Fred
Colon, Pedro
Cullen, David
Danou, Chris
Davis, Brett H
Fields, Jason M
Garthwaite, Phil
Grigsby, Tamara D
Hebl, Gary
Hilgenberg, Steve
Hintz, Gordon N
Hixson, Kim
Hraychuck, Ann
Hubler, Mary
Jorgensen, Andy
Kaufert, Dean
Kessler, Frederick P
Krusick, Peggy
Mason, Cory
Milroy, Nick
Molepske, Louis John Jr
Nelson, Tom
Parisi, Joseph T
Pasch, Sandra
Pocan, Mark
Pope-Roberts, Sondy
Richards, Jon
Roys, Kelda Helen
Schneider, Marlin
Seidel, Donna J
Sheridan, Mike
Sherman, Gary
Shilling, Jennifer
Sinicki, Christine
Smith, Jeff
Soletski, Jim
Spanbauer, Richard J
Staskunas, Tony
Steinbrink, John
Toles, Barbara L
Turner, Robert
Van Akkeren, Terry
Vruwink, Amy Sue
Williams, Annette Polly
Young, Leon
Zepnick, Josh
Zigmunt, Ted
51 votes