Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and other officials have been subpoenaed as part of a long-running legal fight over how the state's latest election maps were drawn.
Two groups sued the state over the Republican-drawn maps. They want to examine certain state computers for evidence of documents the state may have wrongfully withheld, but contend that state officials won't tell them where those computers are located.
So subpoenas were served last week on Vos; Senate Chief Clerk Jeffrey Renk; Assembly Chief Clerk Patrick Fuller; and the Legislative Technology Service Bureau, according to a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report.
For five months, the plaintiffs have sought to search the computers used for redistricting to find out why they didn't receive documents that were supposed to be released to them and to find out whether any other records were improperly withheld. But they haven't been able to find out where the computers are kept.
Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said he couldn't understand why the state refused to tell the plaintiffs where the computers were.
"This is public property that people pay for," the Kenosha Democrat said. "The fact they won't share this information is beyond comprehension."
The subpoenas, issued Friday, are an attempt to compel officials to produce the computers, hard drives, compact discs and documents. The plaintiffs want the officials to testify under oath about the computers.
Let's see if they dare lie under oath, although the old excuses of "I can't remember" or "I can't recall" might be their way out.