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Democrat says lame-duck session violated open meetings

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A disabled Wisconsin Democrat says an all-night lame-duck legislative session last month violated the open meetings law because he had to leave after spending too much time in his wheelchair.

A traffic crash left state Rep. Jimmy Anderson paralyzed in 2010. He can’t sit in his wheelchair for more than a day without suffering health troubles. He had to go home hours before the Assembly voted because he had to get out of the chair.

An aide to Anderson, Logan Vidal, said open-meetings provisions stipulate that government bodies can’t exclude duly elected of the Legislature members from meetings.

Vidal said Anderson plans to file a complaint with Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne. The open-meetings law allows prosecutors to file lawsuits seeking to void votes taken at illegal meetings.

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