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Wisconsin Senate gives virtual meeting a test run

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate is preparing to meet over the internet for the first time in state history if it needs to convene to take action on proposals reacting to the coronavirus outbreak. Two state senators and 11 stand-ins met in person and remotely on Tuesday for a dry run in case the Senate has to meet ...

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Wisconsin Assembly OKs closing prison, tax rebate

By TODD RICHMOND Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers finished their push on Thursday to close the state’s troubled youth prison and enact Gov. Scott Walker’s child-tax rebate, sending bills that would accomplish both goals on to the governor for his signature. The $80 million prison bill calls for closing the Lincoln Hills/Copper Lake Schools outside Irma by 2021 ...

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Tort-reform bill may still have chance

Following the introduction of an amendment that would scale back proposed changes to discovery procedures, a bill that would overhaul various parts of the state’s civil-litigation rules is now scheduled to go before a Senate committee on Wednesday.

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Senate passes state budget, headed to Walker

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Senate has passed the $66 billion state budget, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker who promises swift action. The Senate passed it Thursday night on a party line 19-14 vote. Walker said in a statement that he will sign the bill before the end of the current fiscal ...

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Protesters disrupt Senate budget debate

Minutes after starting the Senate’s budget hearing, members broke into recess after a group of shouting protesters halted any chance for debate. State troopers arrested more than a half-dozen protesters, a few of whom had locked themselves to portions of the gallery without a key. Members of the Senate tried to push through the protests by completing roll call and ...

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Wis. Senate passes repeal of racial profiling law

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a repeal of a law that requires law enforcement agencies to collect data about the race of drivers they pull over in traffic stops. The vote to pass the bill Wednesday came with no Democrats present. They left the state last Thursday rather than have to vote on a different ...

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Butler’s nomination fails for third time

DAVID ESPO AP Special Correspondent WASHINGTON (AP) — After a monthslong blockade, Senate Republicans have agreed to let at least 19 of President Barack Obama’s non-controversial judicial nominees win confirmation in the waning days of the congressional session in exchange for a commitment by Democrats not to seek votes on four others, according to officials familiar with the deal. Among ...

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