Senate passes Milwaukee County Board bill

The state Senate has passed a bill that would weaken the Milwaukee County Board.

Senate Democrats succeeded in getting some minor changes made to the bill before it passed Tuesday on a 19-14 vote. The measure now heads back to the Assembly.

The bill would reduce the Milwaukee County Board’s resources and authority, increase the power of the county executive, reduce the terms of county supervisors from four to two years, and require a binding referendum next year on cutting supervisor salaries in half.

Changes made to the bill Tuesday included allowing both the county board and county executive to have their own lobbyist and allowing creation of a four-person office to research county board proposals.

Democrats say the Republican-backed measure is an attack on local control.