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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

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Assembly to tackle crowded agenda; Senate considers energy efficiency loans, education tax credits

The state Assembly is set to take up a host of controversial bills during its floor session Tuesday, with the revised energy bill leading off the agenda.

The bill includes a goal of producing 25 percent of the state's energy through renewable resources by 2025 and reducing energy consumption by 2 percent. Proponents say the legislation will be good for the environment and create jobs in the burgeoning clean energy sector, while critics say it will raise utility rates on businesses and homeowners and kill jobs.

The Assembly also is set to take up bills to establish standards for regional transit authorities both statewide and in the Fox Valley, overhaul voter registration and election standards, deregulate landline telephone providers, and establish so-called "Green to Gold" energy efficiency loans for businesses. The chamber will also take up Senate bills to regulate issue ads, increase the authority of the state superintendent in struggling school districts, regulate payday lenders and implement the BadgerCare Plus Basic state health insurance plan.

The Senate is set take up the "Green to Gold" bill, along with a bill to create a tax credit for businesses that pay for employees' post-secondary education tuition.

Both floor sessions are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

See the Assembly calendar here.

See the Senate calendar here.

Watch the sessions on Wisconsin Eye.


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