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UPDATE: Dems delay Wis. Assembly vote on landlords bill

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MADISON (AP) -- Minority Democrats have delayed a state Assembly vote on a Republican bill that would grant landlords more power over tenants.

Under the bill, if an evicted tenant leaves anything behind the landlord may dispose of it as he or she sees fit. Landlords also could immediately tow illegally parked vehicles and evict tenants if a crime occurs on the property, regardless of whether the tenant could have prevented it. They wouldn't be allowed to evict victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking that takes place on the property, however.

Republicans pushed the bill Tuesday to the brink of a final reading, the last step before a vote. Democrats objected to the reading, however, delaying any further action on the measure until the Assembly convenes again in June.

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MADISON (WKOW) – The state Assembly is set to pass a bill Tuesday afternoon that would allow landlords to throw out property that evicted tenants leave behind.

Approval of the bill would send the proposal to the state Senate.

Under the bill, if an evicted tenant leaves anything behind, the landlord may dispose of it in any way he or she sees fit.  The measure would also eliminate provisions in current law that requires landlords to notify tenants they don't intend to store property left behind in evictions.

Opponents of the bill contend that the measure could set up violent confrontations between landlords and evicted tenants.

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