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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

 2:02 PM 

Eight bills moved to foot of the calendar over Dem objections

The guv's suggestion that he may call a special session this summer to deal with voter ID played a role in Dems' objection to moving a series of bills to the foot of the calendar.

Such a motion from the majority is typically routine. But some of the bills dealt with voting, and Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton, said Gov. Scott Walker's suggestion of a special session had the minority party on edge.

Erpenbach said if the guv intends to call a special session, "you're damn right we're going to fight you every step of the way" and use every power the minority party has to delay and bring attention to the issue. Moving the bills, he said, would mean many would be taken up well into the evening after the public has largely gone home.

“If we don’t, people are doing to wake up one morning and go to vote and wonder what happened," Erpenbach said.

Other Dems raised similar issues, but the body voted 18-15 along party lines to move the bills.

Those put at the foot of the calendar include:

SB 20, relating to residency of election officials.
SB 324, relating to limiting times for early voting.
SB 448, relating to sales tax exemption for some agricultural functions.
SB 577, relating to a property tax exemption for rented personal property.
SB 592, relating to the ability of an adult sponsor of a minor applicant for a motor vehicle operator's license.
SB 655, relating to changes in campaign finance and lobbying laws.
AB 19, relating to torts and personal injury trusts.
AB 202, relating to the certification of election observers.



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