Legislation allowing Wisconsin legislators to name their own successors is not quite ready for a vote. The legislation allows lawmakers to secretly select persons to succeed them during emergencies. State Senator Bob Jauch said he understands why some legislators are opposed to keeping those names secret. The Poplar Democrat said he felt it would be unfair to those persons, to make their names public.
Jauch noted that the successors would only serve on an interim basis, to make sure the state legislature continues to function. Jauch said legislators need to think about the succession issue. The bill, which would provide for successors to serve as legislators in the event lawmakers die as the result of enemy attack, disease outbreak or other catastrophe was sent back to committee for further consideration.