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.
Domestic partner benefits approved by the state budget signed into law by Governor Doyle become effective Monday, August 3, 2009. A lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the benefits has been filed with the state Supreme Court.
The Beloit Daily News reminds us that
As a result, the newspaper editorializes that opponents of the domestic partner budget provision have a case:
“It appears majority Democrats decided on their own that the people’s vote was wrong and refused to be bound by it. The Wisconsin Supreme Court should slap the legislators, hard, and remind them that the democratic process — small ‘d’ — cannot be overridden by politicians who disagree with their bosses, the people.”
The bottom line, according to the newspaper:
“In our view, when the voters have spoken the politicians must listen.”
Read the editorial here.