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Assembly committee approves revised election bill

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Assembly committee voted 8-1 Monday afternoon to let individuals give more money to state political candidates, in exchange for dropping other controversial election law changes.

Freshman Republican David Craig of Washington County was the only dissenter, when the Assembly Elections’ panel endorsed a compromise deal set last Friday night.

The bill drops a proposed change in the photo ID law for voting, so certain poor people could still vote – but could be publicly identified as poor if their elections go to recounts.

Restrictions on early voting hours were also trashed, along with the idea of making it harder for local officials to be recalled – although that’s already in the hopper as a separate bill.

The voter ID and the other requirements come also come up as separate bills this fall, while more money for candidates would be in place – $20,000 per donor for statewide candidates, up from the current $10,000.

Smaller limits would also be doubled for Senate and Assembly candidates.

The compromise also lets prospective voters register online.

The full Assembly is scheduled to vote on the revised package later this week. If it passes, it’s not certain when the Senate would take it up.