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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

 6:02 PM 

Dems seek to pull tax credit, wind reg bills

The Assembly floor session began with Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca attempting to pull legislation on a tax credit for new hiring and wind energy regulations from the committee level.

The tax credit bill failed to reach the floor by a 34-61 vote, while the wind bill failed by a 34-60 margin.

Dems attempted to add the wind regulations -- which have been mired in the Public Service Commission process -- during a session last week on an amendment to a transportation bill.

“I can't imagine why, on a bipartisan basis, we cannot bring up these bills now,” Barca said, ripping the second week of sessions following a special session call on jobs issues.

“We owe it to the people of Wisconsin to do better than this.”

Rep. Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, said he only agreed to work with Dems on the wind regulations issue last week -- not to take up a pulling motion at the start of session. And he suggested that the minority work with Republicans on forthcoming mining legislation.

Assembly Dems have now requested a recess for caucus.

Meanwhile, law enforcement officers have removed numerous protesters who were filming the session from the gallery.


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