- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Assembly leaves high-profile bills off last agenda

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin Assembly has left two high-profile bills off its last floor agenda of the two-year session.

The Assembly’s last day is set for Thursday. Republicans on the Assembly’s rule committee finalized the last agenda on Tuesday, packing the calendar with nearly 70 bills items. Missing from the list are bills that would exempt sand mines from new ordinances and rewrite public schools’ Common Core academic standards.

The Senate’s last day is April 1. That means that chamber would have one day to approve any bills that emerge from the Assembly on Thursday and send them on to the governor.

It’s unclear what might become of legislation that doesn’t get out of the Assembly on Thursday. Speaker Robin Vos says he doesn’t intend to reconvene but hasn’t ruled it out.

___

Assembly to consider voting, chemo, school bills

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - 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.

___

Ryan talks about defense, immigration in Wisconsin

NORTH PRAIRIE, Wis. (AP) - Congressman Paul Ryan said Tuesday that he doesn’t think proposed cuts to the military are wise given the war in Syria and conflict in Ukraine.

Ryan, who is mentioned frequently as a potential presidential candidate, said defense should be the federal government’s top priority and any further cuts in military spending would put the U.S. at a disadvantage in foreign affairs.

Story Continues →