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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

 8:48 PM 

Black says CEJA still coming up for a vote

A couple of Assembly Democrats stepped out of caucus briefly tonight to talk about their top bills.

Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, said the Clean Energy Jobs Act will still come up for a vote in the Assembly, and he thinks it will have "strong support."

He said he is "disappointed" that it appears the Senate won't act on the bill, but he said Assembly Democrats are "proud to go forward."

Rep. Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said he will offer a substitute amendment to the payday lending bill passed by the Senate. The amendment will include provisions to regulate the auto title industry.

The Assembly passed a bill earlier this year that bans auto title loans but the Senate version doesn't address that part of the industry. The Senate's bill was sent to the Assembly for concurrence.

Hintz said he doesn't think a bill that doesn't address auto title loans could pass in the Assembly. He said there is a "good chance" the Senate will pass the amended bill when it returns to the floor Thursday.

While Assembly Republicans broke caucus hours ago, Assembly Democrats have remained in closed caucus since about 1:30 p.m. Rebekah Sweeney, spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan, said the caucus is considering whether to take up the full calendar of 70-plus bills tonight, or whether to push some of the calendar for a possible floor session Wednesday or for a planned Thursday floor session.


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