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Assembly ready to push victims amendment to next year

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — It doesn’t look as if Wisconsin legislators will pass a constitutional amendment to bolster crime victims’ rights in time to get it on the spring ballot.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke told members on Thursday that the chamber wouldn’t take up the amendment, known as Marsy’s Law, next week. If the Senate and Assembly approved the amendment by Tuesday they could put it up for a statewide referendum in the April elections. But if they don’t, it can’t go to voters until 2020.

Steineke says the amendment is significant and new Assembly members haven’t spent a lot of time on it.

Amendments must be passed in two consecutive legislative sessions andin  a statewide referendum before the constitution can be changed.

Lawmakers passed the crime victim amendment in 2017.

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