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Assembly approves stiffer penalties to give gifts for signing recall petitions


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A bill passed by the state Assembly early today makes it a felony to give things to people for signing recall petitions.

It’s currently a crime to offer anything of value to get people to sign nomination papers, vote, or not vote.

Whitewater Republican Evan Wynn suggested adding recall petitions to that list, saying it’s become a big loophole that a number of recall supporters have apparently taken advantage of. The measure now goes to the Senate.

Also, the Assembly okayed a bill to end the requirement that high schools provide voter registration for students.

Democrats called the bill an assault on voting rights. And they said it’s part of a larger goal by the GOP to discourage voting by groups most likely to favor Democrats.

But Republicans say they have other options for registering – and it’s a burden for school officials to offer it. The bill now goes to Governor Scott Walker for his signature.