Carpenter yanked as Public Health chair after criticizing Decker

    State Sen. Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee) has been removed as chair of the Public Health, Senior Issues, Long-Term Care, and Job Creation Committee after criticizing Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker.
    Carpenter took to the floor last week to rip Decker for denying a vote on a repeal of the prescription drug mark-up law, saying he was “disgusted” with the Weston Dem’s actions.
    Decker spokeswoman Carrie Lynch said it was the majority leader’s “prerogative to appoint people to chairs and committees, and he’s decided to make a change."
    Carpenter told WisPolitics in a statement that he plans to continue fighting for his constituents.
    "Once again, Senate leadership will not allow bills that are very important to my constituents to come before the Senate for a vote," Carpenter said. "They can take away my committee chairmanship, but my constituents expect me to stand up and fight for them, and I will continue to do so."

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