LETTER: Ozaukee’s assemblymen add to dysfunction of GOP Legislature

To Ozaukee Press:

The stark nature of the standoff between the governor and the Legislature became clearer when WTMJ-TV and Politifact confirmed the lopsided outflow of partisan legislation in the Republican controlled Assembly. Less than 2% of Democrat-led legislation passed through Republican controlled committees and was followed with a public hearing. With Republican legislation, the opposite was true, Democratic committees passed and participated in the public hearings for 40% of Republican proposals.

These statistics give new insight into the “record-breaking vetoes” Gov. Evers was compelled to exercise at last spring’s budget signing. Evers has to be a stone wall against this storm of one-sided legislation.

The duties of the Legislature involve long hours of work by legislators of both parties. The lopsided nature of the current legislation makes clear that true committee work is not occurring.

This matters to Ozaukee County. Republican Assemblymen Rob Brooks and Dan Knodl started their legislative careers in 2010. They have served on many of those committees for the last 12 years.

Democrats Dan Larsen of the 60th District and Bob Tatterson of the 24th District are available to take on the real work of the Assembly. Larsen and Tatterson are team players who use common sense and get things done.

Dan O’Keefe

Shorewood

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