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Assembly Concludes for the Year

Friday, February 23, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Sarah Bass
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The state Assembly met three times this week - TuesdayWednesday and Thursday - before wrapping up for the year Thursday night.

The Assembly calendars were stacked with hundreds of bills over the past three days. The Senate also met on Tuesday of this week. Among the significant pieces of legislation that moved forward this week:
  • A welfare reform package of nine bills;
  • A number of Alzheimer/dementia bills.
  • The governor's proposed health care reinsurance plan;
  • Two bills addressing the state's opioid abuse epidemic;
  • A foster care package of 11 bills aimed at improving situations for foster children and foster parents alike;;
  • A bipartisan juvenile justice bill that overhauls the state's juvenile justice system;
  • A bill that will allow more opportunities for expungement of criminal records;
  • A bill that will ease wetlands permitting requirements;
  • The governor's proposed talent attraction bill to recruit more workers to Wisconsin;
  • And the list goes on and on.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is not expected to schedule any more Assembly floor sessions this year, so any bills that have not yet passed the Assembly are dead and will need to be reintroduced during the next legislative session, which begins in January 2019.

The state Senate is expected to meet one more time in March.

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