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WI Assembly to vote on bills today in Madison

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MADISON (WKOW) -- A few bills will hit the Assembly floor today in Madison.

Here's a list of a few:

1.) The Wisconsin Assembly is set to consider giving more money to a man who was wrongfully convicted of homicide.

Robert Lee Stinson was convicted in 1985 of killing a Milwaukee woman. A judge freed him in 2009 after the Wisconsin Innocence Project argued bite-mark analysis and DNA evidence didn't match evidence from the crime scene.

Stinson asked for $129,000 in compensation. The state Claims Board awarded him $25,000, the maximum allowed under state law, in 2010, but recommended the state give him another $90,000.

2.) Also on the agenda for Tuesday the Assembly will consider shooting range exemptions. 

The Wisconsin Assembly is set to consider a Republican bill that would exempt shooting ranges from any new local ordinances.

Shooting ranges already are exempt from any zoning ordinances limiting noise and any nuisance actions related to noise. Under the bill, ranges would continue to be exempt from noise-related ordinances and nuisance actions as well as any ordinances enacted after the range is built.

The proposal also would protect range owners, customers and employees from civil liability from shooting at the range.

3.) Also the school hours bill hits the floor. The Wisconsin Assembly is getting ready to take up a bill that would end a requirement that schools teach for 180 days a year or lose state funding.

The Republican measure would allow schools to extend their days rather than force them to stay open later in the summer to make up time lost to weather-related closings and parent-teacher conferences. Schools that don't meet the hourly quota would still lose state aid.

Rural schools support the proposal as a way of saving money by keeping doors closed and avoiding higher transportation costs.

The Senate passed the bill last week on a voice vote. The Assembly is set to consider the measure Tuesday. Approval would send the bill on to Governor Scott Walker

4.) New poaching penalties will also be considered on Tuesday. The Wisconsin Assembly is poised to consider a bill that would dramatically increase penalties for poaching trophy deer.

Current state law allows judges to impose a $43 surcharge on top of poaching fines if they choose. The Republican bill would require judges to impose surcharges ranging from $43 to $10,000 according to antler spread and forbid anyone convicted of poaching deer from holding a hunting, fishing or trapping license for three years.

5.) Also on Tuesday, Assembly Republicans are set to put the finishing touches on Governor Scott Walker's $504 million tax cut plan.

The chamber is set to vote on the measure Tuesday. The Senate passed it last earlier this month; Assembly approval would send it to Walker for his signature.

Walker wants to use a portion of the state's projected $977 million surplus to fund property and income tax cuts. He introduced a bill in January that would send $406 million to technical colleges to reduce their property tax hit and cut income taxes by $98 million by reducing the lowest bracket from 4.4 percent to 4 percent.

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