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Thursday, April 15, 2010

 7:19 PM 

Carpenter rips Decker over prescription drug mark-up

After returning from a brief Democratic caucus, Sen. Tim Carpenter ripped into Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker over denying a vote on a repeal of the prescription drug mark-up law in a speech on the floor.

"I am very disgusted in the actions of the senator, my majority leader, on this issue," Carpenter, D-Milwaukee, said after Decker moved to adjourn. "Apparently our Democratic leader doesn't care about allowing a vote on a bill that passed the Assembly on a voice vote."

Carpenter said the time is right to change the 71-year-old restrictions on prescription drug sales and said the bill would save Wisconsinites money.

"There's this phony argument that all of a sudden passage of this bill ... is going to drive small pharmacies out of business," Carpenter continued. "The question before us very simply is to allow us to have a vote."

"Can you imagine democracy breaking out on the senate floor?"

The Senate is now adjourned until Tuesday. The Senate Organization Committee will meet Friday morning.


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