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Thursday, January 10, 2013

 12:27 PM 

First rules resolution passed

The Assembly has unanimously passed the first of two resolutions dealing with the chamber's rules for the 2013-2014 session.

The first proposal, AR 3, includes a number of changes agreed to by leadership in both caucuses.

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, thanked Dems for their help with the rules despite the dilemma that always faces the minority caucus -- having to stay respectful while debating the issues.

Minority Leader Peter Barca, D-Kenosha, reciprocated those thanks and joked that this session is already off to a better start than the last one since he's using a microphone and not a megaphone.

Other members joined in, frequently calling it "a new day" for the chamber.

"People are sick of the fact that we can't get along, and that we can't work in their best interest on a consistent basis," said Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette.

Rep. Sandy Pasch, D-Shorewood, added that lawmakers were "part of history" in the last session, "but it's time to move forward."

The chamber is now onto debate of the second rules resolution, AR 4, on which Republicans and Democrats still have disagreement.


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