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UPDATE: Assembly wrap-up leaves bills in limbo

UPDATED Friday, March 21, 2014 --- 11:55 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans' decision to wrap up their two-year session has left a number of high-profile bills in limbo.

The Assembly wrapped up its last floor day early Friday. The Senate is expected to return for one more floor session on April 1 before lawmakers head out on the campaign trail. That means anything the Assembly didn't pass or has sent to the Senate and doesn't get a vote is probably dead.

A spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says bills that would establish a 70 mph speed limit and purge cases from the state's online court records database are probably dead. But Assembly-approved bills that would require outside investigators handle deaths involving police officers, establish regional drug centers and create short-term sanctions for heroin addicts likely will get votes.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press

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Posted Tuesday, March 18, 2014 --- 10:56 p.m.

The Wisconsin Assembly's last session day looks jammed.

The chamber's last floor period of the two-year legislative session is set for Thursday. Republicans on the Assembly's rules committee on Tuesday adopted an agenda crammed with nearly 70 bills and resolutions.

Chief among them are proposals that would limit in-person absentee voting; give cancer patients access to less expensive chemotherapy pills; create private school accountability requirements; give lobbyists an extra seven weeks to give lawmakers donations; and change the rules for asbestos-related lawsuits.

The Senate is expected to wrap up its work on April 1. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, says he's holding open the possibility of the Assembly coming back to deal with any bills the Senate might amend and send back to the Assembly for final passage.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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