- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a bill that would give auditors access to the state elections board’s investigative records.

The measure passed on a voice vote Thursday. The Senate passed the bill earlier this month. It now goes to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

The Republican bill comes after state auditors released a report last year that recommended improvements in how the nonpartisan Government Accountability Board operates. Republicans are upset with the board since it approved an investigation into whether Walker’s recall campaign illegally coordinated with outside groups and have been using the report as justification for a more partisan agency.

The audit bureau’s report wasn’t complete, though. Then-Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said in a legal opinion that the board couldn’t give auditors its investigative files.


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