Saturday State News Briefs: State Senate considering same decorum rules as AssemblyWisconsin News
-- State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says new rules are being considered which would include penalties for people who are cited for misbehavior in the galleries and in committee meetings.
MADISON - State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) says new rules are being considered which would include penalties for people who are cited for misbehavior in the galleries and in committee meetings.
Fitzgerald says his primary concern is the safety of the state Senate. The changes will be taken up next week. New rules approved last Thursday in the state Assembly will result in people violating the gallery rules being removed after the first infraction. A third violation would mean the violator would be barred from the Assembly for the rest of the two-year legislative session.
Legislation being fast-tracked at the Capitol would let Milwaukee County voters decide next April whether they want to cut county supervisors’ pay from $50,000 a year to $15,000. It would also strip about five million dollars from the county budget, severely impacting the boards ability to function as the county’s legislative branch of government. Opponents of the measure say it would hurt diversity on the board, leave low-income neighborhoods unrepresented and shift the governing power to County Executive Chris Abele.
Milwaukee teenager Miguel Morales-Rodriguez has been charged with second-degree reckless homicide in the shooting death of his 15 year old sister. Milwaukee police report Brendalyz Morales was hit in the forehead in her home’s living room last Tuesday. The suspect is 19 years old. He told investigators he was arguing with his sister over a video game and pointed the gun at her. He went on to tell detectives he pushed the magazine release button on the gun, which caused his finger to pull the trigger and fired the weapon.
Teenager Kelly Duke will spend 30 years in prison for a crash on New Year’s Day that left a New Berlin couple dead last year. His lawyer says Duke has no memory of the crash. Police say he sped into an intersection while driving a stolen car and slammed into the car carrying Edwin and Jean Thaves. Both were dead at the scene. Tests taken later on samples of his blood showed the 17 year old Duke had a blood-alcohol content level of point-183, more than twice the legal limit for driving in Wisconsin. Relatives of the Thaves had asked the judge to give Duke the maximum, 45 years, while the defense attorney had asked for 15.