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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

 1:42 PM 

Senate passes electrician licensing bill

The Senate has passed the final bill on the day’s agenda, concurring in AB 35 to alter licensing requirements for electricians.

The bill -- the only one on today’s agenda that did not pass unanimously -- moved to the governor’s desk on a 18-15 vote.

Dems alleged the bill breaks a commitment to the state’s electricians that was passed in broadly supported licensing legislation five years ago. They also said changing the requirements jeopardizes license reciprocity in other states.

Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, called it a “slap in the face to all who worked on this bipartisan legislation.”

Sen. Glenn Grothman, R-West Bend, countered that the bill passed five years ago has drawn concerns from landlords, business groups and, among others, Habitat for Humanity.

“Apparently, like so many bipartisan things, both sides were wrong,” Grothman said.

Sen. Jauch, meanwhile, arrived in the chamber during debate and will be recorded with the majority on the previous votes.


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