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Thursday, March 15, 2012

 10:46 AM 

Fitzgerald doesn't expect much action in Senate today

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said this morning he does not expect many significant bills to make it through the Senate today, partly because legislation has been tied up in the Assembly.

Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, noted minority Dems can object to third reading and use other procedural moves to delay legislation. The Senate will not be in tomorrow, thus, anything that hadn't cleared the Senate earlier this week likely isn't going anywhere, he said.

There are a handful of bills that have been messaged by the Assembly that the Senate could take up. But that would require Dems to agree on doing so.

"We're kind of at the mercy of the minority," Fitzgerald said.

Senate GOP leaders had hoped the Assembly would move some bills this morning to get more things into their house. But the Assembly went to caucus this morning before getting to bills left over from previous calendars.

UPDATE -- 11:01 a.m. -- Minority Leader Mark Miller, D-Monona, said Dems are waiting to see what comes out of the Assembly. Then Senate Dems and Republicans will have to discuss what they can agree to finish.

"That's the mode we're in, waiting to see what comes over from over there," he said.


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