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Wisconsin ready to set up secret successors for lawmakers (9:15 a.m. 9/22/09)

Madison (AP) — The state Legislature is getting ready to pass a bill that lets lawmakers secretly designate successors.

The bill would allow each legislator to name three to seven successors. Their identities would be secret. They would come into play whenever an enemy attack leaves nine vacancies in the Senate or 25 vacancies in the Assembly.

The bill also would allow the Legislature to meet at a temporary state capital of its choosing. Now, the governor picks the temporary seat of government. If lawmakers can’t physically meet they could hold virtual meetings.

The Senate and Assembly both are poised to take up the measure Tuesday. State Rep. Fred Kessler, a Milwaukee Democrat, has proposed an amendment that would make the successors list public.

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