La Crosse, WI (WXOW)-- Both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers are calling for change to the recall laws.
In just a little over a year, Wisconsin has used the recall law 15 times and the recall elections have cost state and local governments millions.
"I think any objective person realizes that this has not been a good process for our state," said Bill Feehan, a Republican running for state senate.
And while both parties agree recall laws need revision, they disagree on how best to update the policies.
"Polls show 70 percent of people want to see the standard raised to some kind of legal definition where a crime has been committed or they've been convicted of a crime," Feehan said.
But democrats disagree, saying such a proposal is already part of the state code.
"Some people are saying we should change the recall laws so we can only recall someone for criminal activity," said Representative Jill Billings, a democrat who represents the state's 94th District. "But, that's already covered under impeachment in our state constitution."
Some democrats want laws to allow for legislation to be recalled so voters can have a referendum on controversial bills.
Representative Billings says she'd consider such a proposal, but hopes the assembly doesn't rush to make any changes.
"I think we kind of just need to take a step back and take a breath," Billings said. "This is a very emotionally charged political time in the Capitol. I think that there's some things we can certainly do, and there seems to be agreement on both sides of the aisle, about closing some of those loopholes so that candidates can't raise an unlimited amount of money."
However both sides will have to wait until the next legislative session beings in January, before introducing any proposals.
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