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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

 6:17 PM 

Assembly passes redistricting bills

The Assembly has concurred in both the legislative and congressional redistricting bills, sending them to the governor's desk.

If signed, the maps would take effect for the 2012 general election.

The legislative maps were approved on a 57-40 vote. Reps. Samantha Kerkman, R-Powers Lake, and Bob Ziegelbauer, I-Manitowoc, voted with the minority. No Republicans addressed the legislation on the floor.

Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Madison, asked them to debate, saying he couldn't wait to hear their explanation of the process this year.

"Democracy is literally on life support in Wisconsin, and you want to give it a lethal injection," Pocan said.

The chamber turned away two Dem amendments: a proposal from Rep. Brett Hulsey to have the GAB and LRB draw the new boundaries, and one from Rep. Peggy Krusick to require the posting of legal and consulting fees involved in redistricting. Krusick's amendment was tabled 96-1.

The congressional redistricting bill was concurred in on a 59-38 vote. Hulsey's amendment was also tabled on the congressional version.


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