MADISON — It doesn't look like
Wisconsin legislators will pass a constitutional amendment to
bolster crime victims' rights in time to get it on the spring
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reports Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke told members on
Thursday that the chamber wouldn't take up the amendment,
known as Marsy's Law, next week. If the Senate and Assembly
approved the amendment by Tuesday they could put up for a
statewide referendum in the April elections. If they don't it
can't go to voters until 2020.
Steineke says the amendment is
significant and new Assembly members haven't spent a lot of
time on it.
Constitutional amendments must
pass two consecutive legislative sessions and a statewide
referendum before they can be added to the document. Lawmakers
passed the crime victim amendment in 2017.