Wisconsin Senate approves eliminating state treasurer

MADISON (AP) -- The state treasurer position would no longer exist under a constitutional amendment approved by the Wisconsin state Senate.

The Senate passed the amendment on an 18-15 vote Tuesday. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the measure Thursday. Once approved by both houses, it would be put for a vote of the people in the April 2018 election.

Democratic opponents argue that the office should have its duties restored and bolstered to serve as a check and balance on the executive branch. Supporters of the amendment say it makes no sense to keep the office since its duties have been all but eliminated in recent years.

Two Republicans joined with all Democrats in voting against the measure. They were Sens. Chris Kapenga, of Delafield, and Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls.

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