Email date: 3/18/14
In this update:
1. Assembly set to vote Thursday on anti-voter, pro-lobbyist bills
2. Senate succumbs to public pressure on cancer drugs
Assembly set to vote Thursday on anti-voter, pro-lobbyist bills
A proposed schedule for the remainder of the week has the state Assembly taking up two bills the Senate approved last week. Among the items on the Assembly's calendar for this Thursday is Senate Bill 324 restricting early voting and Senate Bill 655 giving lawmakers seven more weeks to squeeze lobbyists for political donations.
If you agree with us that just about the last thing Wisconsin needs is less time for voting and more time for lobbyists to pass checks to legislators, don't keep your opinion to yourself. Tell your representative in the Assembly how you feel.
BREAKING NEWS: Senate succumbs to public pressure on cancer drugs
This morning we reported how legislative leaders were preventing votes on a bill making cancer drugs more affordable despite broad bipartisan support for the measure in both houses of the Legislature, and called attention to large sums of money funneled to lawmakers by opponents of the legislation.
This afternoon, senators withdrew Senate Bill 300 from committee and debated it. The bill was passed on a 30-2 vote. Most members of the Assembly also support SB 300, but Assembly Speaker Robin Vos still stands in the way of a vote on the bill in the lower house.