- Associated Press - Monday, February 29, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill into law banning county executives from serving concurrently in the Wisconsin Legislature.

The Republican bill means Democratic Senate candidate Mark Harris will have to quit his $102,834 job as Winnebago County executive if he’s elected. As a senator, he would make $50,950.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said Harris’ candidacy prompted the bill. Fitzgerald has said he’s concerned about a county executive drawing two salaries from taxpayers and holding both positions would lead to conflicts of interest.

Democrats and some Republicans have criticized the bill as partisan politics. Democrats say it’s clearly aimed at keeping Harris from running for an open Senate seat this fall.

Walker signed the bill into law Monday.


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