March 10, 2011- Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, filed a complaint Thursday morning with the Dane County district attorney charging that the Joint Conference Committee that convened at 6 p.m. Wednesday and passed an amended version of Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill is in violation of the open meetings law.
The complaint states that Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald and his brother, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, and others "knowingly attended the meeting in violation of the Open Meetings law" and are subject to penalties identified in state statute.
The complaint asks that the actions taken at the meeting be declared void.
District Attorney Ismael R. Ozanne confirmed Thursday morning that he had received the complaint and that his office would be reviewing it, noting that either he or Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has authority to do so.
"This is the first step. That allows us to take a look at the allegations," Ozanne said.
Barca could not be immediately reached for comment.