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Assembly approves series of bills including landlord, court injunction measures


MADISON (WKOW) -- The state Assembly wrapped a busy day Thursday, passing several controversial pieces of legislation.

One bill would grant landlords more power over tenants, allowing them to dispose of any property an evicted tenant leaves behind, immediately tow illegally parked vehicles and toss tenants out if a crime occurs on the property, regardless of whether the tenant could have prevented it. Landlords wouldn't be permitted to kick out victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and stalking that occurs on the property, however.

Democrats criticized the bill for attacking the rights of tenants.

It passed the Assembly on a 57-37 vote.

Another controversial bill that was approved makes it harder for courts to block state laws.

The proposal from Rep. David Craig would allow an attorney to stay a judge's order blocking a state law by filing an appeal within 10 days. The stay would remain effective until an appellate court lifted it.

Democrats say Craig's bill is an end-run around the legal system and tramples on the judicial process.

The measure passed on a 57-39 vote.

Other bills passed include:


  • A measure to give veterans priority over other students when registering for UW System and state technical college classes
  • A venture capital bill that would invest millions of dollars in state and private money in Wisconsin startups
All of these bills now go to the state Senate.


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