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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 9:39 PM 

Fitzgerald uses procedural move in effort to prevent pulling motion on CBD bill

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, acknowledged he was using a procedural move to protect his members from a vote on legislation that would legalize cannabidiol, or CBD oil.

The oil, derived from marijuana, is used to treat seizure disorders. It is also illegal under federal law.

After the Senate finished its calendar, Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, moved to pull the bill from committee so the chamber could vote on it. The legislation has already cleared the Assembly, but will not pass this session without Senate action.

Earlier in the night, Fitzgerald referred the bill to Senate Org. He then scheduled a public hearing on the bill, which prevents the bill from being pulled to the floor.

Fitzgerald said he scheduled the hearing specifically to prevent a pulling motion, saying it would Would “put some senators in a very difficult position, and I don’t think it would be a real valid position for them.”

Dems proposed suspending the rules to take up the bill despite Fitzgerald's move. But Republicans could adjourn the session rather than holding the vote, and Dems were trying to prevent that.



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