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MADISON (WKOW) -- Tuesday's session of the Wisconsin Assembly began at noon, and continued overnight well into Wednesday morning.
Assembly Democrats proposed more than 30 amendments to Assembly Bill 11, Governor Scott Walker's budget repair bill. As of 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, seven amendments were brought up for debate by Democrats, and all seven of those amendments were successfully tabled by the Republicans in the Assembly.
Just before 3:30 a.m., Democrats requested, and were granted, a recess to go into caucus. Just before 5:00 a.m., the Democrats returned and resumed debate of Amendments. Democrats took an unusual step during the course of the process by asking to be added as sponsors to various amendments during floor debate, a process usually taken care of prior to amendments being introduced.
To mark some of the seemingly unusual procedures involved in the debate, after a speech by Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) at around 5:15 a.m., the representative had to be reminded by the Speaker that it was not "officially" 5:15 a.m., as Vos noted in his remarks, as "today is still yesterday."
Debate for each amendment seemed to take roughly one hour, as each Democrat would usually take their full amount of debate time available, while Republicans usually stayed silent, except on rare occasion.
Most of the amendments debated as of 5:30 a.m. regarded removals on collective bargaining restrictions, removing the requirement for public sector unions to vote to re-certify each year, and removing various cuts to Medicaid-sponsored programs such as BadgerCare and SeniorCare.
At 5:34 a.m., Assembly Republicans succeeded in tabling their eighth amendment to the bill. More than thirty amendments remain on the agenda.
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