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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

 9:08 AM 

Fitzgerald defends light September workload as Legislature heads back into session

Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald is defending the Assembly’s plan to go on the floor just one day this month and said today's session has votes that will help the state economy.

Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, was questioned about the calendar during an appearance on WTMJ radio yesterday afternoon.

He said the Assembly’s workload was normal for a September floor period and pointed to the various measures lawmakers approved early in the session as evidence they’ve been working to improve the state’s climate for job creation.

"We are getting back after that (now)," he said.

He also said things will ramp up in October and blamed the light September floor period on the Senate recall elections this summer, saying they put some legislation on hold. That includes the venture capital bill, co-authored by Sen. Alberta Darling, the River Hills Republican who faced recall.

Fitzgerald said residents have to “figure out if we can do our work or if someone takes a tough vote” they’ll face a recall election.

“Do we want permanent elections here in Wisconsin?” he asked.

Today is the only day either house currently has scheduled to be on the floor for September, with much of the work being done in committee in preparation for the October floor period. The legislative calendar in January set out today through Sept. 22 for possible session days and then Oct. 18 through Nov. 3.

The Senate plans a ceremonial swearing in of new members Jessica King, D-Oshkosh, and Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse. It also has a couple of resolutions on the calendar and plans to send some administrative rules back to JCRAR so the committee has more time to work on them.

The Assembly also plans to send back several rules to JCRAR and to vote on legislation moving back Wisconsin’s presidential primary and new tax credits for investments in a community development financial institution.

State Dem Party Chair Mike Tate knocked the GOP, saying “I guess now that tax breaks for the super-rich have been made law, Scott Walker and the Republicans can take the month off.”


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