Senator Craig Authors Bill to Place Inspector General in the DOT
"The latest audit of the DOT made clear we need a proactive oversight arm within this agency."
Madison, Wis. – Today, Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon), circulated legislation to place an Inspector General in the Department of Transportation (DOT) to provide more oversight within this important agency. The Inspector General will serve at the direction of the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB), the Legislature, and complaints from citizens. Sen. Craig stated:
Placing an investigator inside the DOT will ensure that the legislature plays a more active role in rooting out waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency in government. The latest audit of the DOT made clear we need a proactive oversight arm within this agency.
Under the bill, the Inspector General is funded from existing agency appropriations. The Inspector General would provide annual reports to the LAB and legislative standing committees.
This legislation is an important reform to increase legislative oversight in state government and root out bad practices within the DOT. The information gathered and reported by the Inspector General will help our efforts to realize substantial savings to taxpayers.
Senator Craig represents the 28th Senate District which is comprised of portions of Waukesha, Walworth, Racine, and Milwaukee Counties.
Recent Press Releases by State Sen. David Craig
Sen. Craig: “Evers and Palm have gone too far! The Senate must reject Palm now!”
Madison, WI — Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) released the following statement relating to Governor Tony Evers’ Shelter-in-Place Order: “A decision of such magnitude like a ‘shelter-in-place’ order, regardless of what the government calls it, should only be established through the surety and specificity of an act of the legislature because of its extreme effects on Wisconsin families and businesses. Such action could stem the tide of confusion and anxiety being experienced by employers and employees all across the state. “Further, Governor Evers needs to articulate the specific information he received which caused contradiction between his Friday statement ‘I believe that we’ll be able to avoid [a shelter-in-place order]’ and today’s statement that he will make such an order effective tomorrow. “Additionally, last week I requested the Governor and Attorney General provide details as to how the government’s actions abide by the constitutional strict scrutiny that is required. Their continued silence on these issues is unacceptable given the precipitously negative impacts on civil rights and the economy. “Because of the Governor’s extreme step, I believe the legislature should consider the following protections for Wisconsin citizens: Require legislative approval of any statewide “shelter-in-place” order for reasons of pandemic or infectious disease Require legislative passive review of any “Emergency Declaration” after 30 days, with affirmative approval needed for a state of emergency lasting longer than 60 days Require a written report detailing the satisfaction of strict scrutiny concerns be given to the legislature prior to a ban of gatherings of 50 or fewer is to be in effect Require an immediate report to the legislature of arrests for mass gathering violations “The constitution was not designed to be disregarded in a time of crisis, in fact, it was specifically designed to be most valuable and applicable during times of crisis when liberties are most at risk.”
“Republican legislative majorities will continue to take a commonsense approach and govern responsibly by limiting government overreach while supporting a free-market economy, which is the very recipe that has led to one of the most prosperous decades in state history.”