Members of the State Legislature reacted to Governor Walker's State of the State Address on January 15, 2013.
Gwyn Guenther interviewed members of the State Legislature and got their reactions to Governor Walker's State of the State Address on January 15, 2013.
Attorney General JB Van Hollen said in a WisconsinEye interview on Jan. 31 that the names of those whose signed petitions to recall Republican Gov. Scott Walker are public records. In a Capitol interview, Van Hollen said any individual who signed one of those petitions and who feared for their safety could request that it be redacted. Van Hollen also said the law does not require that the elections agency, the Government Accountability Board, release the names of petition signers in a searchable data base, although using the Internet would be an "effective" way to make the names public. Groups trying to recall Walker and the state Republican Party already have the names of all petition signers, Van Hollen noted.
On March 10, 2011 Steve Walters interviewed Rep. Richard Spanbauer, one of the Republicans who voted against the budget repair bill.
On March 2, 2011, a number of Assembly Democrats moved their desks to the lawn of the state Capitol. Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) and Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) spoke to the press. Rep. Barca also had a conversation with Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller about limited public access to the state Capitol. Former U.S. Rep. Dave Obey (D-7th Congressional District) spoke with WisEye Senior Producer, Steve Walters, sharing his thoughts about the recent events at the Capitol, the budget repair bill and public access to the building.
Steve Walters interviews legislators following Governor Scott Walker's budget address at the Capitol on March 1, 2011.
On February 24, 2011, Sen. Joe Leibham, Sen. Mary Lazich, took questions regarding Senate Bill 6, the Voter ID Bill.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said the Senate will meet Tuesday but he will not bring up the Gov. Scott Walker's budget-repair bill, unless the 14 Senate Dems return to the Capitol. Fitzgerald also said security around the Senate and Capitol's South Wing will be stepped up, so senators are not 'intimated' by the eighth straight day of protests by opponents of Walker's changes. Democratic Sen. Dave Hansen of Green Bay asked Fitzgerald, "Are you ready to negotiate with Wisconsin workers?" But Fitzgerald said Hansen and all other Democrats should "show up for work" Tuesday because, "You're shutting down government."
Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and Joint Committee on Finance Co-Chair Senator Alberta Darling, met with media upon the senate standing informal on February 18, 2011 in the State Capitol. Senator Fitzgerald addressed his thoughts on senate democrats leaving the state.
On February 18, 2011, the protests continue on the budget repair bill as legislators handed out blue slips for people to fill out to let their representative know that they have visited the Capitol.
On February 15, 2011 Steve Walters had a Capitol Interview with Senate President Michael Ellis (R-Neenah). They discussed how Wisconsin got into debt and how Governor Walker's budget repair bill and the special session legislation will help fill the budget deficit.
On February 15, 2011 Steve Walters interviewed Rep. Fred Clark (D-Baraboo) about Governor Walker's Special Session legislation and the impact of the budget repair bill.
On February 15, 2011 Steve Walters interviewed Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) about Governor Walker's special session legislation and the impact of the budget repair bill.
On February 15, 2011 Steve Walters interviewed Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) about Governor Walker's special session legislation and the impact of the budget repair bill.
On February 15, 2011 Steve Walters interviewed Assembly Minority Leader Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) about Governor Walker's special session legislation and the impact of the budget repair bill.
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