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Thursday, April 22, 2010

 12:54 PM 

Fitzgerald stops third reading of bills

Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, has objected to third reading of two bills on the Senate agenda.

The first, SB 597, would allow the small Marinette County municipality of Pound to use a $500,000 DOT grant allocated for a particular street project to be used for any street project.

Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, said approving the grant is a public safety issue.

"Must be pound on Pound day," Hansen quipped.

Fitzgerald also objected to third reading of SB 600, which would penalize businesses who hire workers that are in the country illegally.

Hansen, the bill's author, said the current state practice is "not fair to the vast majority of businesses in Wisconsin who care about doing the right thing."

"This bill is not aimed at law-abiding businesses," Hansen said.

UPDATE: Fitzgerald also objects to third reading of SB 695, which would require the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to allocate federal tax credits to minority- or women-owned businesses in at least 25 percent of allocations. A motion by Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, to give the bill its third reading falls short of the required two-thirds vote.


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