- Associated Press - Saturday, March 1, 2014
Wis. Assembly leader enters treatment

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Embattled Wisconsin state Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer’s office said Saturday that he has checked into a treatment center while fellow Republicans pushed ahead with plans to strip him of his leadership position amid charges that he sexually harassed multiple women.

Kramer’s office released a two-sentence statement saying the Waukesha Republican was entering treatment and would have no further comment. The statement did not say what type of treatment he was seeking.

Two Republicans with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press earlier Saturday that he was being asked to resign among charges that he harassed multiple women Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., and again Thursday on the flight back to Wisconsin.

Then later Saturday, the Assembly Republican leadership released a statement saying they planned to hold a vote Tuesday in an attempt to strip Kramer of his position.

“We believe the serious nature of the alleged incidents require us to ask the Assembly Republican Caucus to remove Rep. Kramer from his position as the Assembly Majority Leader,” according to the statement. “It is clear he has lost our trust and confidence.”

Kramer, who was elected by Republican Assembly members as majority leader in September, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The Republicans who know about the allegations said that GOP Assembly leaders met late Friday to discuss the situation and agreed that Kramer should step down as majority leader. They spoke anonymously because attorneys had not authorized them to comment publicly.

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New limits on Wisconsin lemon law go into effect

MILWAUKEE (AP) - If the vehicle you just bought turns out to be a lemon, you’ll have less time after this weekend to seek damages from the manufacturer and you won’t get as much money.

The restrictions that went into effect Saturday drew broad bipartisan support when state lawmakers approved them last year. Supporters said the previous law left too much room for abuse by consumers and lawyers. Opponents say the new rules favor corporations over people.

The lemon law applies to new vehicles on which the manufacturer fails to repair a warranty-covered defect even after four tries in one year, or fails to provide a timely refund or replacement. Previously, car owners had six years to sue the carmaker, and they’d be eligible for mandatory double damages. Now they have three years, and they can only get actual damages.

The changes bring Wisconsin’s lemon law in line with those in other states, said Chris Snyder, general counsel for the Wisconsin Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, a trade group that supported the measure.

“Consumers are still protected under this bill,” Snyder said.

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