GOP crafts amendment to nix treasurer, SOS

Lawmaker calls positions ‘meaningless'
GOP crafts amendment to nix treasurer, SOS

Two Republicans have drawn up a constitutional amendment that would eliminate the state treasurer and secretary of state positions.

Reps. Michael Schraa and Tyler August are trying to secure co-sponsors for the measure. They say both offices no longer have any real responsibilities and eliminating them would save taxpayer dollars.

A spokeswoman for the treasurer’s office says they welcome any conversation with legislators about the office’s functions. She also stressed the office runs on interest accrued off unclaimed property, not tax dollars.

Secretary of State Doug LaFollette, a Democrat, called the amendment silly. He says lawmakers should restore his office’s duties.

A constitutional amendment must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. The earliest the referendum could take place would be 2015.