The state Government Accountability Board is expected to approve recalls petitions against four Republican state Senators.
In a memo released Friday, GAB director Kevin Kennedy recommends that major challenges from the four targeted senators be dismissed and that the board certify the petitions. Those challenges include arguments from senators that the petitions are invalid because people living outside of their new districts signed them and circulators were given an extra day to gather signatures.
The board will consider the issue when it meets Monday.
If the board accepts the recommendations, state Senators Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau), Pam Galloway (R-Wausau), Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) will be unable to remove enough signatures to block a recall.
Also on Monday, the GAB will determine how much of a delay it plans to seek on ordering recall elections for the governor, lieutenant governor and the four senators. Staff is recommending a decision be pushed back two weeks from the current March 19th deadline. The memo offers several dates, although it suggests ordering elections the week of April 2nd offers the ideal outcome. That would put any primary elections on May 15th and the general election on June 12th.