MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly says the attorney general should have expressed his state budget concerns before now.
J.B. Van Hollen said for the first time Monday that Governor Scott Walker should veto a proposed return of bail bondsmen. The AG was also against new restrictions on the collecting of DNA by law enforcement from those arrested but not convicted of felonies.
The budget was passed by both houses of the Legislature last week.
Governor Scott Walker has said he would decide on his line-item vetoes before the new budget is scheduled to take effect next Monday.
GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said it’s disappointing that Van Hollen is only speaking out now, after lawmakers completed their action. Vos said it sounded like Van Hollen was, “attempting to play Monday morning quarterback.”
Van Hollen was also critical of a bill proposed for this fall. Freshman Assembly Republican Michael Schraa of Oshkosh wants to prevent local police from enforcing federal restrictions on semi-automatic and assault weapons, and requirements for federal registration.
Van Hollen said he supports gun rights – but he believes that cooperation between the state and federal governments would suffer if Schraa’s bill passes.