Today is the last scheduled floor period for the State Legislature for general business for this legislative session. It’s possible the legislature could convene sometime between now and the beginning of the next session (January 2011) to take care of some particular bill, but today is, for all intents and purposes, the last day to pass bills for this session.
Both the State Senate and Assembly calendars are crammed full of bills for today. The Senate is supposed to convene at 11 a.m. this morning and the Assembly at 10 a.m., but we’ll see how long the party caucuses take today, before they actually get to the floor for the votes.
Items of interest on the Senate calendar today:
- The confirmation of Doyle’s re-appointment of Roger Axtell to the UW Hospital and Clinics Authority Board. During his most recent tenure on that board, Axtell voted in favor of the Madison Surgery Center’s notorious plan to provide late, 2nd-trimester abortions. Update: Confirmed on party lines.
- SB 658: the public financing of campaigns for the office of justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Items of interest on the Assembly calendar today:
- SB 460: Expedited Partner Therapy bill (more information). The Senate has already passed this bill.
- AB 649: The global warming bill (or “Clean Jobs Act”). (More information.) The word is that the Senate will not pass this bill and that Democratic leadership in the Assembly does not have the requisite number of votes to pass the bill. Still, you never know…
- AB 895: The vote fraud bill (more information). This bill was on the calendar for this Tuesday but the Assembly never got to it. It does not appear on the calendar for today at this moment, but it’s possible the Assembly may yet vote on it yet today. It appears there’s a chance the Assembly won’t pass this bill, either.
- SJR 67: resolution honoring the life and public service of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and others.
We’ll keep you posted on what happens today!
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