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Wisconsin Republicans rush agenda before recalls


MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker and fellow Republican leaders are making a strong push to pass a long list of conservative proposals.

Democrats claim they're rushing to pass legislation this spring before recall elections threaten to end the party's control of the Legislature.

Republicans have a 19-14 majority in the State Senate. If the Democrats net 3 recall elections, they would take control of the Senate. Assembly Majority Leader Rep. Peter Barca believes Republicans are rushing because they're scared they'll lose control of the Senate in July's recall elections.

Republicans have gone to an accelerated schedule to pass bills to legalize concealed weapons, deregulate the telephone industry, require voters to show photo ID at the polls and expand school vouchers.

Republican leaders say they are just trying to make up for time lost during a Democratic boycott of the Senate. The 14 Senate Democrats left the state Feb. 17 to stall a vote on Gov. Walker's controversial budget repair bill that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

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