The job of Wisconsin state Treasurer would be history, under a proposed constitutional amendment approved by the Assembly on Tuesday.
The proposal, which is on first consideration in the Legislature, would eliminate the position by 2019. It passed Tuesday on a 63-33 vote and now heads to the Senate.
A similar proposal passed the Assembly last session, but failed to see action in the Senate. Rep. Michael Schraa (R-Ohskosh), the sponsor, says the two senators who held up action last session are no longer in the chamber, so he’s optimistic it will see a vote this time around.
The constitutional office has become largely powerless, with its oversight of unclaimed property was handed over to the Department of Revenue last session, and the amendment would give the treasurer’s spot on the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to the state’s lieutenant governor.