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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

 2:36 PM 

Assembly approves rules along party lines

The Assembly approved new rules to govern the 2015-16 session along party lines after majority Republicans shot down several Dem amendments.

Dems sought to require two weeks before a bill that clears committee can be put on the floor calendar, require public notice of at least one week for a public hearing and allow the display of signs in the gallery that are no more than 8.5 inches by 11 inches.

The latter has been a point of contention with Dems after majority Republicans moved to ban signs in the gallery following the debates over Act 10 in 2011.

Freshman Rep. Lisa Subeck, D-Madison, complained guns are allowed in the chamber, but signs aren’t.

“If one values the Second Amendment, you must also value the First Amendment,” she said.

Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, told the chamber the rules are designed to build on last session, which he said was smoother and less rancorous than the previous one.

The rules were approved 62-36.


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