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Assembly committee approves stricter recall standards

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - It would be much harder to recall a Wisconsin politician from office, under a bill endorsed Wednesday by some of those incumbents. 

The Assembly Elections Committee voted 6-3 to prohibit recalls of state elected officials, unless they're charged with felonies or ethics violations. 

The measure is a constitutional amendment that all Republicans supported, and all Democrats opposed. 

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said the bill was one of his top priorities, after his fellow Republican Scott Walker survived a recall election for governor last year -- and about a dozen senators had recall efforts thrown at them during the past two years.  

Vos wants to end people's ability to seek a recall just because of the way an official votes on certain legislation. 

At issue was how lawmakers voted on the 2011 law that virtually eliminated collective bargaining for most state and local public employee unions. 

The amendment must pass both houses in two consecutive sessions, and then be approved by voters in a statewide referendum.