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State Senate committee approves bill cutting Milwaukee County board authority

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A Wisconsin Senate committee endorsed a bill Wednesday morning to reduce the authority and salaries of Milwaukee County Board members.

The Senate Urban Affairs Committee okayed the measure 3-2, with all Republicans voting yes and both Democrats no.

The bill now goes to the full Senate, while an identical version gets taken up by the state Assembly Wednesday afternoon.

The GOP is going to bat for one of its newest members, former Milwaukee County Supervisor Joe Sanfelippo. He says it would stop the board from micro-managing operations in the state’s largest county.

Democrats oppose the move, saying the same thing might spill over to other Wisconsin counties.

The bill would reduce the Milwaukee County Board’s resources and powers. It would also cut supervisors’ salaries in half, if the voters approve in a binding referendum.