Scott Walker is refusing to fill two legislative seats, despite being required to by law. As casual about breaking the law as anyone could be, Walker just wanted to make things simple. WSAW:
The news media has once again taken the neutral, we're not sure position, writing "Some believe." It's more obvious than that.
Some believe the governor may be violating a state statute. The statute referred states the following: "Any vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the assembly occurring before the 2nd Tuesday in May in the year in which a regular election is held to fill that seat shall be filled as promptly as possible by special election. However, any vacancy in the office of state senator or representative to the assembly occurring after the close of the last regular floor period of the legislature held during his or her term shall be filled only if a special session or extraordinary floor period of the legislature is called or a veto review period is scheduled during the remainder of the term. The special election to fill the vacancy shall be ordered, if possible, so the new member may participate in the special session or floor period."Supporting to the idea we have a lawbreaking governor on our hands:
"The statute mentions May. And it says if the seat becomes vacant after May then he can leave them open until the next election," UW Stevens Point Political Science Professor Ed Miller said. "Well, this is before May. And it's been a while now. And therefore he may clearly be in violation of the statute." Miller said if Walker were to be challenged on this matter, it would have to happen in court. It's unclear if a legal challenge will occur.