BARABOO – A last-minute move Tuesday by a Sauk County committee prohibited the County Board from voting on a gun rights referendum. While acting on the issue would have violated the state’s Open Meetings Law, some supervisors still sought to circumvent the committee’s vote, the Baraboo News Republic reported.
The committee voted just before the full board meeting to rescind an agenda item calling for a referendum on protecting the “state and federal Constitutional right to bear arms” after Supervisor Bill Hambrecht sought to withdraw his Aug. 7 motion to put the question before the full board, reported Ben Bromley of the Baraboo News Republic.
Efforts to consider the referendum were either ruled out of order by Chairman Peter Vedro or failed after being put to a full board vote. After learning Vedro had proposed rescinding the referendum last week, Supervisor Wally Czuprynko led an effort to oust the chairman by starting an email chain that included most of the board — a move that may have also been a violation of the Open Meetings Law.