Assembly ready to push victims amendment to next year

January 17, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It doesn’t look like Wisconsin legislators will pass a constitutional amendment to bolster crime victims’ rights in time to get it on the spring ballot.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke told members on Thursday that the chamber wouldn’t take up the amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, next week. If the Senate and Assembly approved the amendment by Tuesday they could put up for a statewide referendum in the April elections. If they don’t it can’t go to voters until 2020.

Steineke says the amendment is significant and new Assembly members haven’t spent a lot of time on it.

Constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum before they can be added to the document. Lawmakers passed the crime victim amendment in 2017.

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