QUORUM CALL

A bill that would ban local governments from requiring that companies bidding on public projects enter into project labor agreements is heading to Gov. Scott Walker after a 64-35 party-line vote in the Assembly Thursday.

Dems slammed the bill, saying it would hurt the middle class and reduce the quality of completed projects. Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, said lawmakers should be “looking for ways to help Wisconsin workers” instead of ”limiting local control, despite their claims to support it.”

Meanwhile, GOP Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, countered PLAs are “unfair” and ultimately “drive up costs for the taxpayers.”

The Assembly also signed off 68-31 on a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state treasurer’s office, putting the question before voters in an April 2018 referendum.

Six Dems crossed party lines to support the amendment: Minority Leader Peter Barca, Reps. Gordon Hintz, Eric Genrich, Amanda Stuck, Don Vruwink and Josh Zepnick. Meanwhile, two Republicans, Reps. Joan Ballweg and Kathleen Bernier, voted against it.

In addition to eliminating the office, the proposal would change the state constitution to replace the treasurer with the lieutenant governor on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.

A Dem amendment that would have had the state school superintendent take the place of the state treasurer’s position was defeated by the Republican majority.

The Senate this week voted to pass the amendment 18-15. Both chambers passed the amendment last session, so it now needs to get voter approval next year to get adopted.

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