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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

 7:06 PM 

Assembly passes 'sanctuary cities' bill

The Assembly has passed the GOP “sanctuary cities” bill 62-35 along party lines despite Dems’ continued criticisms of the bill.

Rep. Bob Kulp, R-Stratford, said some constituents had reached out to him with concerns. But those constituents, he said, were OK with the bill after Kulp cleared up those questions with the author, Rep. John Spiros, R-Marshfield.

Dems and activists haven’t wanted to “accurately portray the bill” and the changes to it, Kulp said.

“I don’t understand why this issue is being demagogued to the point that it is,” Kulp said.

Also pushing back on Dems’ comments was Rep. Ed Brooks, who said he had “a lot of compassion” for those who testified on the bill but that Dems are mischaracterizing the bill.

“If we focus on what the bill actually does, it’s a very narrow, focused bill,” the Reedsburg Republican said.

Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, D-Milwaukee, took issue with those comments, saying Republicans are trying to “minimize what this bill does.”

“You, the Republican majority, are inciting fear in the community by passing the anti-immigrant bill,” she said.

See the roll call here.


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