Wisconsin Assembly censures lawmaker for arrestsThe state Assembly has censured a lawmaker for three impaired driving arrests in less than a year.
By: Todd Richmond, Associated Press Writer, Superior Telegram
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Assembly has censured a lawmaker for three impaired driving arrests in less than a year.
Rep. Jeff Wood, a Chippewa Falls independent, was arrested for driving under the influence in Columbia County in December 2008. He was arrested again in September near Wausau and in October in Tomah for the same offense.
A Columbia County judge this week sentenced him to 45 days in jail starting Monday. His other cases are still pending.
Rep. Stephen Nass, a Whitewater Republican, introduced a resolution in October calling for Wood's expulsion. Democrats who control the chamber, though, immediately amended the resolution early Wednesday morning to add a censure option, forcing a vote on that move first. The amendment passed 73-24.
Censure is essentially a severe reprimand, but has no practical consequences on his pay or status.