By Gretchen Schuldt
State Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) wants to ask voters whether the Department of Corrections should be required to recommend revocation of community supervision for anyone charged with a crime while on probation, parole, or extended supervision.
Jacque and Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) also would like to ask voters whether they think school districts should be prohibited from providing curriculum or instruction to students that one race or sex is inherently superior to another race or sex or that an individual, because of the individual's race or sex, bears responsibility for acts committed in the past by others of the same race or sex.
The referendums would be advisory only, meaning they would have no legal impact. Both questions, introduced last week for consideration by the Legislature, if passed would be submitted to voters in an upcoming election.
There already are two referendum questions on the April 4 ballot. One would amend the state constitution regarding bail if voters approve. The other, advisory only, asks whether able-bodied childless adults should be required to look for jobs in order to receive taxpayer-funded welfare benefits.
The advisory referendums are widely seen as efforts to draw conservatives to the polls to vote in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race.
Update on 2/1/23: The two referendum questions slated for the April 4 ballot are being challenged as submitted too late under state law.
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