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Assembly debates bill reducing Milwaukee County Board power

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Backers of a bill that would curb the power of the Milwaukee County Board and require a vote on cutting the pay of county supervisors say that is their only target.

Critics of the bill debated Wednesday by the state Assembly say the measure sets a bad precedent that will lead to the Legislature curbing the power of other units of local government.

But its sponsor says that is not the intent. Republican Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, of West Allis, says the Milwaukee County Board is unique and the Legislature is not offering a solution in search of problems.

Republican Senate President Mike Ellis agrees. He said he hopes to have the Senate take up the bill as soon as possible once it passes the Assembly.

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