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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

 4:01 PM 

Dems put brakes on auto insurance repeal bill

Democrats were able to stall a bill to repeal a trove of changes to auto insurance that were passed in the last state budget.

Rep. David Cullen, D-Milwaukee, stopped the bill in its tracks by objecting to the third reading of it, a procedural move that blocks a final vote. Republicans fell short of meeting the two-thirds vote required to override the objection.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, admonished the Dems, saying they already paid a price at the ballot box for passing the increase in mandatory minimums in the first place. He characterized the changes to auto insurance passed by the Dems as a gift to trial attorneys.

"Admit you were wrong," he said, predicting that there will be Dem votes for the bill when it comes back to the floor.

Cullen said Republicans used the issue to distribute "lies and distortions," and said the predicted rate increases never came to be.

The bill can come back to the floor for a vote in the next Assembly regular session day. The next regular session day is set for Feb. 22.


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