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Thursday, April 15, 2010

 1:19 PM 

Sheridan spokeswoman: Hraychuck needed more time to discuss clean energy bill with constituents

Rep. Ann Hraychuck's removal from the Assembly Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs on the day the committee was to vote on the bill caused a buzz this morning. Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan's spokeswoman Rebekah Sweeney said the move was made to give the Balsam Lake Dem more time to talk to constituents on the issue.

"Recently, she voiced a personal desire for more time to reach out to her constituents on the Clean Energy Jobs Act, as her significant legislative responsibilities and her distance from her district have made gathering feedback more of a challenge," Sweeney said. "That factor combined with the concerns Speaker Sheridan has heard from some members over the partisan make-up of the committee led him to remove Rep. Hraychuck from the committee. It made no sense, at this late date, to add a new member."

Republicans and Capitol insiders are saying the move is a sign that the bill is dead and Dem leadership didn't want to put Hraychuck in the position of having to take a tough vote. Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison and a co-chair of the committee, said Hraychuck's removal was due to Republican complaints about the make-up of the committee being too partisan.


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