MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- State lawmakers have passed a Republican bill that would give the governor the power to appoint the Department of Veterans Affairs secretary.
The Senate passed the bill 21-12 on Wednesday. The state Assembly approved a similar measure 59-37 hours later and the Senate adopted that version 21-12 at the end of the day. The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who can sign it into law or veto it. Walker's spokesman wouldn't say if the governor supports the proposal.
The Board of Veterans Affairs, a group of gubernatorial appointees, currently appoints the secretary.
Supporters of gubernatorial appointment of the secretary say the move would make the secretary more accountable. Opponents say it will inject more politics into the DVA.
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