Wisconsin is one of the few states in which employers must give workers at 24 consecutive hours of rest each calendar week. State Sen. Glenn Grothman isn't too happy about it.
The Republican legislator and congressional candidate, said he finds the state law "a little goofy," Huffington Post reports. Grothman argues that rolling it back is a matter of "freedom." He's proposing legislation that would allow an employee to voluntarily choose to work without one day of rest in seven.
Huffington Post notes current Wisconsin state law doesn't mean that workers get to take off once every seven days. An employee could work for up to 12 consecutive days "if the days of rest fall on the first and last days of the 2-week period."
Grothman's work-day bill faces uncertainty in the legislature. It's part of his strong conservative credentials, including ardent support for the Second Amendment. Grothman is a long-time supporter of concealed carry legislation. Grothman is also known for his outspoken attacks on affirmative action, welfare benefits, early sex education and abortion
And the 58-year-old state senator could soon take his views nationally. Grothman announced recently that he would run in the Republican primary for the east-central Wisconsin congressional district. The seat has been held since spring 1979 by GOP Rep. Tom Petri - who soon announced his retirement.
Petri has maintained a fairly conservative voting record by is known as one of the most bipartisan House members. He wasn't especially prominent on the national stage, but his strength was in securing funds for Wisconsin projects such as roads and bridges. Petri's perceived moderation has cost him over the years. In 2006, he became ranking member of the House Transportation Committee but when Republicans regained the House he was passed over for John Mica, considered a more conservative alternative.
Grothman won't have the congressional primary field to himself. State Sen. Joe Leibham is also running and others may jump into the open-seat race.