Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Statement about Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Decision WRTL v. Barland

Earlier today I released the following statement about the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Wisconsin Right to Life v. Barland decision.

Wednesday afternoon, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision declaring several aspects of Wisconsin State Statute and Government Accountability Board Rules unconstitutional, including the ban on corporate-speech, the cap on the amount a business can spend fundraising for an affiliated PAC, and vague and overbroad rules attempting to regulate the speech of political speakers. 

“Allies of the First Amendment scored another major victory this week with the Court of Appeals’ decision.   This comes on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McKutcheon and the District Court’s ruling in the John Doe investigation,” Senator Lazich stated.  “There is a consensus continuing to develop about protecting all forms of speech from government regulation.  It is through the free exchange of ideas that freedom and individual liberty is protected and a healthy society prospers.  The First Amendment prevents the government from burdening speech, including political speech that some find disagreeable.”   

The unanimous three judge panel urged the legislature to act to update state law.  The court wrote, “Wisconsin’s foundational campaign-finance law is in serious need of legislative attention to account for developments in the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence protecting political speech.” 

“As chair of the Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee, I accept the assignment whole heartedly,” Senator Lazich stated.  “I hope Democratic and Republican colleagues will join me recognizing the importance of the First Amendment and updating state law to guarantee protection of all speech.”

Click here to read the court’s decision.

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