MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Control of the troubled Milwaukee mental health complex would be taken away from the county board under a bill that has passed the state Assembly.
The measure approved early Friday morning on a 89-1 vote would transfer power to a group of medical professionals, patients and family members. Democratic Rep. Fred Kessler, of Milwaukee, voted against it.
The bipartisan proposal comes after six patients died at the facility in 2012.
In addition to creating the new board to run the facility, the bill would also require an extensive audit be done by Dec. 1 that would consider whether the state should take over operations.
The bill now goes to Gov. Scott Walker, who is expected to sign it.