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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

 11:27 AM 

The Senate has adjourned

The Senate has finished its work for the day.

An amendment to Senate rules changes that would have required a fiscal estimate for corrections-related bills was rejected.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, said the amendment she authored would be fiscally responsible.

"We should look at the fiscal consequences when we choose to legislate," she said."We can not ignore the trajectory we are on that will send us into bankruptcy."

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, said he appreciated the work Taylor did on the amendment and recognizes her concern, but he wasn't comfortable with approving it at this time. He pledged to work with her on a solution.

The amendment was rejected on an 18-14 party-line vote. (Sen. Frank Lasee, R-De Pere, was absent.)

The rules changes passed unanimously.

The Senate also passed a bill that would allow the Senate President and Assembly Speaker to decline to serve on the Joint Legislative Council and appoint a replacement.


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