There has been a lot of talk at the state Capitol about the two political parties working together. This effort at bipartisanship is off to a good start, with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, naming two Democrats to be co-chairs of committees, and with agreement on most rules of conduct during Assembly sessions.
Here is a proposal for another initiative to promote bipartisanship. The usual practice is that very few bills from the minority party get any consideration. Instead, committee chairs should pledge to have public hearings on all bills assigned to them, regardless of party of origin.
This policy would recognize that members of minority parties can have good ideas, too. It would be a step toward ensuring that all Wisconsin citizens would have a voice at the Capitol.
— Paul Malischke, Madison, spokesman, Fair Elections Wisconsin