Assembly approves accommodations for disabled lawmaker

Rep. Jimmy Anderson and Speaker Robin Vos.
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a rule change allowing for a disabled Democratic lawmaker to phone into meetings, as he requested nearly a year ago.

The affected lawmaker, Rep. Jimmy Anderson, voted against the changes Thursday. He and Democrats objected to other changes they say would limit the power of the minority party to force debate on their bills.

It was approved on a party line 61-35 vote with all Republicans in support and all Democrats against.

Republicans removed some provisions not related to the disability accommodations in an effort to appease Anderson. That was approved on a 60-36 vote, with all Republicans except Rep. Scott Allen in support and all Democrats against.