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GAB staff recommends certifying Kapanke recall petitions

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MADISON, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The recall effort of La Crosse Senator Dan Kapanke is a little closer to happening this summer.

Government Accountability Board staff have recommended that the board certify petitions seeking the recall of Sen. Kapanke, one of a number of state senators targeted by opponents of Governor Scott Walker's bill curtailing collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

According to documentation filed with the GAB, there are enough valid signatures on the petitions to have the recall election.  The GAB required that recall organizers get 15,588 signatures from district residents.  When turned into the GAB, the organizers had nearly 23,000. 

Sen. Kapanke is still challenging several hundred of the signatures from the petitions.

If the board certifies the signatures, and barring any additional legal maneuvering, the recall election would likely happen on July 12. 

The GAB is meeting on May 23 to discuss Kapanke and two other potential recall candidates, Sen. Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls and Sen. Luther Olson of Ripon.

So far, current state Representative Jennifer Shilling has announced she'll take on Kapanke if there's a recall election.  

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