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Thursday, February 20, 2014

 3:42 PM 

Dems debating clean jobs committee resolution on Assembly floor

After moving quickly through the non-controversial legislation, we're on to a special resolution being pushed by Dems to create a special committee on clean energy jobs.

The resolution tasks a committee with producing recommendations on how to reduce dependence on foreign fossil fuels, reduce pollution and create clean energy jobs.

Democrats made a joking reference to the John Doe records released yesterday when Rep. Andy Jorgensen, D-Ft. Atkinson, said he wanted to discuss "John Doe" before making clear plenty of "John Does" in his district want jobs.

"This has incredible potential, incredible potential," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca. "And I have to say that Wisconsin is on the leading edge in many categories of clean energy."

The original resolution was being taken up by the Assembly, but the Dems had to swap out a revised resolution because the original deadline on the committee's work was Feb. 1, 2014.

UPDATE: The revised resolution was deposited in Senate Organization. A vote to pull it to the floor failed on a 39-56 vote.


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