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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

 12:19 AM 

Wetlands bill passes, Senate adjourns

More than 11 hours after debate began on the wetlands bill, the chamber passed the legislation on a 17-15 vote.

Sen. Tim Cullen, D-Janesville, was not present for tonight's session.

A motion from Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Waunakee, to return the bill to committee was rejected 15-17.

Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee -- who objected to third reading this morning -- said Dems and Republicans nearly achieved collaboration on the bill, but good amendments were turned aside.

"We want to preserve the wetlands that we have," Larson said.

Meanwhile, shouts from the gallery continued despite pleas from Larson to remain quiet.

"You are doing us a disservice" by speaking out, Larson said.

After the vote, Dems objected to messaging the bill to the Assembly. Following rejection of a motion to reconsider SB 368, the Senate quickly adjourned, prompting chants of "shame" and "Scott Fitzgerald has got to go" from the galleries.


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