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The statehouse: A place paved with the best intentions?

Until 5:05 p.m. Wednesday night, state Rep. Gary Hebl thought there would be an amendment to a bill requiring the installation of devices that prevent someone convicted more than once of drunken driving from starting a car after having a drink.

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Committee votes in favor of chief justice elections

Despite concerns that the move might be “only political” in nature, an Assembly committee on Thursday voted in favor of a measure that would amend Wisconsin’s constitution to require biennial elections of the state’s chief justice.

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Appeals court denies stay in Act 10 case

A Wisconsin Court of Appeals declined Monday to issue a legal stay the state attorney general had sought in a challenge of a 2011 law stripping most public workers of collective-bargaining rights.

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Van Hollen seeks stay in Act 10 order

The Wisconsin Attorney General is calling on the state Supreme Court and court of appeals to allow school union elections to go forward despite a Dane County judge’s order to the contrary.

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Synthetic drugs bill gets hearing

Prosecutors would no longer have to enlist pharmacologists to attest to the psychological effects of synthetic drugs in cases against sellers of the banned substances, under a bill heard by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor on Wednesday.

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Committee passes contingency-fee bill

The Wisconsin Senate Committee on Judiciary and Labor approved a bill Tuesday that would prevent law firms from receiving more than $30 million from contingency-fee contracts held with the state.

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