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Thursday, April 15, 2010

 12:34 PM 

Assembly committee passes clean energy bill

Democrats on the Assembly Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs beat back eight Republican amendments before passing the "Clean Energy Jobs Act" on a partisan 6-3 vote.

Republicans on the committee bemoaned that there was no cost-benefit analysis done for the bill, and warned that the impact the changes in the legislation will have on the global environment will not offset the rising costs in energy Wisconsin residents will see.

Rep. Phil Montgomery, R-Ashwaubenon, commented on the absence of Dem Rep. Ann Hraychuck, who was taken off the committee today.

"You had to let a member off. You had to let a member take a powder. That tells you how bad a bill this is," Montgomery said.

Rep. Spencer Black, an author of the bill and a co-chair of the committee, said $16 billion annually leaves the state to buy energy. The legislation will allow some of that money to stay in the state, he said.

"We want to keep some of that money here," said Black, D-Madison.

Black predicted earlier that the bill will come to the Assembly floor for a vote next week. But after today's vote, Black indicated that whether the bill moves forward will depend on what the Senate does with it. The bill would also have to potentially go through the Joint Finance Committee before it could go to a vote in the Senate or Assembly.


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