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GOP proposes giving Legislature health insurance oversight

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican legislators have drafted a bill that would give the Legislature's budget committee the ability to sign off on changes to the state's health insurance program.

The state's Group Health Insurance Program covers state employees, state retirees, their spouses and local government workers whose employers choose to participate. An 11-person board that includes the governor and attorney general oversees the program.

Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee, said Tuesday they've written a bill that would give the committee the power to approve or nix changes the board proposes.

Gov. Scott Walker this summer vetoed a provision the finance committee added to the state budget giving the Legislature's employee relations committee oversight of the board. His spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message Tuesday.

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