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Wis. committee OKs penalties for recall violations

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Senate's elections committee has approved a pair of Republican bills that would create penalties for signing recall petitions multiple times and offering gifts in exchange for signatures.

The Republicans' first bill would make knowingly signing a recall petition more than once a misdemeanor punishable by up to $1,000 in fines and six months in jail.

Under the second bill, anyone who offers anything of value to induce a person to sign or not sign a recall petition would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to $10,000 and 3- 1/2 years in prison.

The committee voted 4-1 to approve the multiple signing penalty and 5-0 to approve the gift prohibition.

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