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State Senate Dem proposes bill creating Pardon Advisory Board

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The number of requests for pardons that Governor Scott Walker has refused to consider has exceeded 1,400.

The AP said almost half the applications have been submitted in the two-plus years Walker has been governor, and rest were left over from former Governor Jim Doyle.

The Republican Walker refused to create a Pardon Advisory Board, and he suspended the state's pardon system in late 2011.

Milwaukee Senate Democrat Lena Taylor has proposed a bill forcing the governor to create the Advisory Council. It would meet every three months, and at least recommend pardons for Walker to consider.

Walker has said he doesn’t want to interfere with the criminal justice system.

Pardons do not erase convictions, but they allow recipients to regain such privileges as possessing guns and voting.

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