Assembly speaker to lead campaign finance reform

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he'll lead that chamber's efforts to reform campaign finance laws.

A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday Wisconsin's ban on corporate political spending and cap on how much businesses can raise for affiliated political committees are unconstitutional.

Earlier this month the state agreed to stop enforcing a cap on individual contributions to candidates to comply with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. A federal judge in Milwaukee also ruled earlier this month that independent groups can coordinate with candidates.

Vos, a Rochester Republican, sent an email to all Assembly members Thursday saying he intends to concentrate on problems highlighted in the 7th Circuit ruling as well as other First Amendment issues in the statutes.

Sen. Mary Lazich says she plans to work on reforms in that chamber.

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