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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

 8:28 PM 

Senate sends corporate spending bill to Assembly despite procedural snafu

The Senate ultimately messaged SB 540 to the Assembly this evening, but not without some procedural debate.

Senate Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, objected to messaging the bill after the conclusion of business, saying he wanted to keep it in the Senate while the Assembly irons out its version of the bill.

Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, countered by proposing a motion to reconsider the original vote. Senate President Fred Risser, D-Madison, ruled that since the traditional delay between messaging bills serves to allow members to weigh reconsidering their votes, rejecting reconsideration would move the bill into the Assembly.

Sen. Mike Ellis, R-Neenah, disagreed, and asked again for unanimous consent to message the bill after reconsideration was rejected 15-18. The second time, Risser quickly gaveled the motion through, saying he did not hear any objections from GOP members.

Fitzgerald also attempted to pull SB 646 -- a measure to eliminate the budget's increased auto insurance liability requirements -- from committee. The motion to suspend the rules was rejected by a 17-16 vote; a two-thirds vote was required to take up the bill.


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