It is rather odd that Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, would complain about the Government Accountability Board siding against transparency. He faulted the GAB for not allowing poll observers to use cameras on Election Day in the July 26 "On the Capitol" column in the State Journal.
The GAB makes its decisions at open meetings. Anyone can attend the GAB meetings. Anyone can speak to the board at the beginning of the meeting for up to 5 minutes. Agendas are published before the meetings, often with more than 100 pages of detail.
By contrast, the Assembly majority party makes its big decisions in secret caucuses. No cameras allowed. No press allowed. No citizen oversight. After the secret caucus decides on what laws will be passed, they move to an open session for meaningless, hollow speeches. Any amendments contrary to what has been decided in the secret caucus are quickly tabled.
Who runs these secret Assembly caucuses? Probably the same Robin Vos, though we cannot be sure, due to the secrecy.
-- Paul Malischke, Madison