Senator expects votes on crime victims amendment in May

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Posted at 11:02 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 12:02:31-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A state lawmaker says he expects both legislative houses will pass a constitutional amendment bolstering crime victim rights this spring.

Republican Sen. Van Wanggaard, one of the amendment's chief sponsors, said Tuesday that he has spoken to leaders in both the Assembly and Senate and he expects the houses will vote on the amendment in May.

Alec Zimmerman, a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, confirmed that chamber plans to vote on the amendment in May. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' spokeswoman, Kit Beyer, didn't immediately respond to an email.

Constitutional amendments must pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide referendum. Lawmakers passed the crime victim amendment in 2017. If the amendment passes this year the earliest it could appear on the ballot would be the April 2020 election.