Wisconsin Senate leader Scott Fitzgerald may return to change special election law

Scott Fitzgerald
Posted at 1:34 PM, Mar 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-23 14:34:26-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says Republicans may rewrite special election statutes after a judge ordered Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections to fill two vacant legislative seats.

Former Republican Sen. Frank Lasee and former Republican Rep. Keith Ripp both joined Walker's administration in December. Walker refused to hold special elections to fill their seats even though state law says such elections must be called if vacancies occur before mid-May in an election year.

A Madison judge ruled Thursday that Walker must order the elections by March 29.

Fitzgerald told reporters Friday the ruling creates multiple elections to fill the Senate seat. The Senate wrapped up its two-year session Tuesday but Fitzgerald said the body could reconvene to consider a bill to "align" special elections with the regular cycle.