Monday, November 24th, 2014

Walk-O-Meter

Expand veterans board and let governor appoint all members


Will "support a requirement that there be one member from every congressional district in Wisconsin. The ninth member shall be a statewide at-large member. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate."


Updates

Bill faced some controversy, but this was all in it

As a candidate, Scott Walker promised he would make changes to the way that people are appointed to the state Veteran"s Board.

Walker said he would "support a requirement that there be one member from every congressional district in Wisconsin. The ninth member shall be a statewide at-large member.”

He also vowed to expand the current board to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate.

The composition of the board was addressed in a bill that divided the state"s veterans community in part because it took the power to appoint the secretary away from the veteran"s board and gave it to the governor.

The agency has been in turmoil since the board fired John Scocos as secretary in November 2009, shortly after he returned from deployment to Iraq with the Army Reserves. Scocos sued over his firing. Walker in August re-appointed him to the position he was fired from.

On July 13, 2011, the Legislature passed Act 36 which includes the changes in the number of board members and the requirement that there be one member from each congressional district. That makes this a Promise Kept.

Sources:

Wisconsin State Legislature Act 36

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "2 years after firing, Scocos again appointed Wisconsin veteran"s secretary,” Aug. 25, 2011

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Groups split on proposed gubernatorial control of veterans hiring,”June 1, 2011