MADISON, WI – Wisconsin’s new Government Accountability Board has released a schedule for the Board’s 2008 review of formal opinions, administrative rules, guidance and internal operating procedures of the former state Elections and Ethics boards for whose duties the Government Accountability Board is now responsible.
The Board’s review is guided by 2007 Wisconsin Act 1, which created the new board and charged it with a review of all previous decisions pertaining to campaign finance, elections, ethics and lobbying in the state. The Board has 12 months to conduct its review.
The review schedule – adopted by the Board at its February 25 meeting – is available on the Board’s website at http://gab.wi.gov. The general public and constituent groups such as local election officials, candidates for office and lobbyists can use the schedule to plan public comment to the Board about any of the issues scheduled for review.
At its February meeting, the Board approved, on an interim basis, the continued use of current campaign finance, financial disclosure and lobbying forfeiture schedules for late filings and other law violations. Those schedules outline the penalties paid, for example, by candidates or political action committees who fail to file required campaign finance reports by the deadline.
“The Board has a lot of material to review,” said GAB Director Kevin Kennedy, “and is committed to soliciting and accounting for input from legislators, other government officials, lobbyists, candidates, and the public. The Board believes the insight these groups can offer is extremely important and will prove very valuable in the Board’s work.”