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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

 8:27 AM 

Senate to take up mascot bill; Assembly considers drunken driving legislation

Both the state Assembly and Senate will hold floor sessions today.

The Senate plans to take up legislation overhauling the process for challenging race-based school nicknames and mascots.

Other bills on the agenda include a compromise on limiting access to mining sites on property in the managed forest land program and exempting outside salespersons from the minimum wage law.

The Assembly's calendar includes a series of drunken driving bills.

Among them is AB 67, which would require court appearances for OWI offenders, and AB 68, which would increase penalties for first-time offenders with a blood-alcohol content of more than 0.15. The chamber is also set to take up AB 467, which would establish procedures for installing ignition interlock devices for OWI offenders.

The Assembly also has a series of workforce development bills on its agenda. It plans to take up the Senate versions of those bills if that chamber has finished them and sends them over, a spokeswoman for Speaker Robin Vos said. Otherwise, the Assembly will do its version of those bills, which Gov. Scott Walker called for as part of the fall agenda.


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