Committee to Vote on Election Bill

The Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections will vote today on a bipartisan proposal that would increase campaign finance contribution limits but allow online voter registration in the state. The hearing begins at noon in Room 417 North of the State Capitol and is open to the public.

The compromise version of the bill, AB 225, is cosponsored by Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Representatives Jeff Stone (R-Greendale), Terese Berceau (D-Madison), and Fred Kessler (D-Milwaukee).

Many controversial features of the original bill put forward by Stone are missing from the compromise. Restrictions on in-person early voting hours, changes to voter identification rules, and new rules that would make recall more difficult are all gone.

Instead the proposal would double current individual campaign contribution limits and allow online voter registration up to 20 days before an election. Contribution limits would increase from $10,000 to $20,000 for candidates for governor, $1,000 to $2,000 for state senate candidates, and $500 to $1,000 for assembly candidates.

The bill is expected to move to the Assembly Wednesday.

ETA: The committee voted 8-1 to approve the amended bill.