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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 2:27 PM 

Assembly passes lemon law changes

The Assembly has passed legislation making changes to the state's motor vehicle warranty law as Dems hailed changes from the original draft offered by Rep. Bill Kramer, R-Waukesha.

Rep. Dana Wachs, D-Eau Claire, called the substitute amendment a "dramatic change," and said he would support the bill.

"This is the kind of thing that I had anticipated when getting to this Legislature," Wachs said of the bipartisan work on the bill.

Rep. Gary Hebl, D-Sun Prairie, also complemented Kramer but said the bill still negatively affects consumer protection.

"It's not quite where I need it to be," Hebl said. The measure passed 87-9 with a paired vote.

Kramer -- who joked that the Dem comments may cost him votes on his side of the aisle -- said the bill meant to curtail "games" being played by "certain players in this market."

"The purpose of the this bill was never to screw anybody, to gut anything, to peel anything back," Kramer said.

UPDATE -- 2:36 p.m.: Due to a computer glitch, the chamber re-voted on AB 200. The margin has now changed to 88-8.

"We did that all so I could pick up one more vote," Kramer joked.


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