Apr 9, 2014

Expulsion of Bill Kramer Is Simple Affair, Faces Only Republican Opposition

Republicans for reasons only they can fathom maintain their stance against expelling sexual predator, Rep. Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha).

Why would Republicans want to protect this low life? They still like the guy, and don't care about his many victims.

So, Kramer remains on the payroll, with healthcare and pension benefits courtesy of the Wisconsin taxpayer.

A simple call to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau reveals the process to expel the sexual predator, despoiling a capitol already polluted with Republican corruption.

I realize that Republican legislators take orders from rightwing think tanks and GOP big-money contributors, so for the edification of the Republican leadership:

Joint Rule 12(2)(b) – Required Vote Total
(b) Two-thirds of all the members elected to that house in which the member serves are necessary to approve the expulsion of a member under section 8 of Article IV of the Wisconsin Constitution

Assembly Rule 21 – Special Ethics Committee
Assembly Rule 21. Ethics and standards of conduct, special committee on.
(1) Any resolution to reprimand, censure, or expel an officer or member of the assembly shall be referred to a special committee on ethics and standards of conduct, convened for the purpose of holding one or more public hearings on the resolution and submitting the committee's recommendation to the assembly. The special committee shall consist of 3 members of the majority party and 3 members of the minority party, appointed as are the members of standing committees.
(2) The hearing shall be scheduled as soon as possible, allowing reasonable time to ascertain the facts of the controversy, to furnish a copy of the detailed written charges to the officer or member cited, and to permit that person to prepare a proper defense.
(3) At the hearing, the officer or member cited may have the advice of counsel, may offer testimony to mitigate or refute the charges, and may cross-examine any witness testifying in support of the charges.
(4) With the consent of the officer or member cited, the committee may vote to close parts of the hearing to the public.
(5) Promptly after the conclusion of the hearing, the committee shall return the resolution to the assembly together with a written report containing the committee's recommendation for action on the resolution.
(6) Following assembly action on the committee's report, by adoption or rejection of the resolution, referral of the resolution to a standing committee, or return of the resolution to its primary author, the special committee on ethics and standards of conduct is discharged.

Assembly Rule 43(3) – Privileged Resolutions
Assembly Rule 43. Privileged resolutions.
(1) Any resolution or joint resolution relating to the officers, members, former members, procedures, or organization of the assembly or legislature is privileged in that it may be offered under any order of business by a member who has the floor and may be taken up immediately before all other proposals, unless referred by the presiding officer to a standing committee or to the calendar.
(2) Any resolution subject to rule 89 that is referred to the calendar shall be taken up on the 8th order of business on the 2nd legislative day after it is offered notwithstanding the existence of any unfinished calendars.
(3) Any resolution to reprimand, censure, or expel an officer or member of the assembly shall identify the charges against the officer or member cited and shall be referred to the committee on ethics and standards of conduct for review under rule 21.

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