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Wisconsin Assembly votes to eliminate state treasurer position in 2019

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MADISON — The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a constitutional amendment that would eliminate Wisconsin’s all-but powerless treasurer position.

The Assembly approved the amendment on a 63-33 vote Tuesday afternoon, October 27th.

The amendment would eliminate the office in 2019. The measure would have to pass the full Legislature this session and again during the next two-year legislative session before going to voters for approval in a statewide referendum.

Republicans who control the Legislature have slowly eliminated the treasurer’s duties over the years. The treasurer’s only remaining responsibility is serving on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands. The amendment would replace give the lieutenant governor the treasurer’s spot on the board.

Current Republican Treasurer Matt Adamczyk has gotten rid of his staff and has pushed for the office’s elimination.