MADISON, Wis. -

The state Assembly has passed a proposal that would strip the secretary of state of his duty to publish bills and transfer the task to the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau.

The Republican-controlled chamber approved the bill 59-37 Wednesday. The state Senate passed the measure last month. It goes next to Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who can sign into law or veto it. It's unclear whether Walker supports it; asked about Walker's plans for the bill, his spokesman replied only that the governor is focused on creating jobs.

The bill comes after Democratic Secretary of State Doug LaFollette delayed publishing Walker's contentious law that effectively ended collective bargaining for public employees in 2011.

Republicans say they're not after political payback. Minority Democrats say the legislation is vindictive.