UPDATE (WKOW) — The co-chairs of a new task force are promising to put their political differences aside to find common ground on a package of bills to address the justice system and racial disparities.
Rep. Shelia Stubbs (D-Madison) will co-chair the new Speaker’s Task Force on racial disparities with Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) according to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester).
The special committee aims to focus on racial disparities, educational opportunities, public safety, and police policies and standards. It was created by Speaker Vos in wake of a White, Kenosha police officer shooting Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back seven times.
Democrats, including Rep. Stubbs, criticized Republicans and the task force in the days leading up to Gov. Tony Evers special session which ended without any action on a package of bills backed by Democrats to reform police departments.
Stubbs, who was elected the first African-American…