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Saturday, April 17, 2010

 10:43 AM 

Speaker adds 'Clean Energy Jobs Act' to Tuesday's calendar

The "Clean Energy Jobs Act" has been added to Tuesday's Assembly calendar, according to Speaker Mike Sheridan's office.

The legislation passed the Assembly's Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs Thursday on a 6-3 vote after one Democrat, Rep. Ann Hraychuck of Balsam Lake, was pulled from the committee following concerns she expressed about not having enough time to look over an amendment to the bill. Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker, D-Weston, has been critical of the legislation and said Friday that he didn't believe it had enough votes to pass the Senate.

The bill was not on the original calendar the Assembly Rules Committee approved early Friday, but Sheridan's office said the legislation was added to the calendar late yesterday.

The bill includes a goal of producing 25 percent of the state's energy through renewable resources by 2025 and reducing energy consumption by 2 percent. Proponents say the legislation will be good for the environment and create jobs in the burgeoning clean energy sector, while critics say it will raise utility rates on businesses and homeowners and kill jobs.


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