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State Assembly will take up numerous bills today

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Quite a few bills will hit the Assembly floor Thursday in Madison. 

Here's the list of a few: 

1.) A bill designed to help victims of the domestic abuse is scheduled for a vote.

The measure would require the state Department of Justice to make a list of domestic abuse service organizations available to law enforcement agencies.The Senate passed the bill earlier this week and once it clears the Assembly it will go to Gov. Scott Walker.

As originally introduced, the bill would have required police officers who respond to do a domestic abuse call but don't arrest anyone to explain why. It was introduced in response to a mass shooting at a Brookfield spa in 2012.

2.) Also a bipartisan bill that would require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence will likely be passed by State Assembly.

The bill would make it a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of recording audio or video where people have privacy rights. The Senate previously passed the bill on a voice vote. 

The bill comes as many states and local governments are considering similar limits of the expanding technology. The proposal would also make it a felony to sell possess or operate a weaponized drone.

3.) A bill that would require plaintiffs who have suffered from asbestos exposure to reveal how many businesses their attorneys plan to sue is up for a final vote.

Opponents of the bill say that it would deny justice to people exposed to asbestos, while supporters argue it is needed to prevent plaintiffs from filing multiple claims against trust funds set up to pay victims as well as individual businesses.

4.) Also the fate of a bill that would make chemotherapy drugs in pill form to be covered by insurance the same way as chemotherapy drugs in IV form will be decided Thursday.

The bill easily passed the Senate earlier this week and Gov. Scott Walker has said he would sign that version into law. 

Republican Assembly members are talking about making changes before voting on the bill, which could the bill in risk since Thursday is the Assembly's last planned day in session and the bill must pass both chambers in the same form.

Democratic supporters of the bill have said if Republicans change the proposal it is their ways of killing the proposal since the Senate may not agree with the changes.

5.) A bill that would no longer allow in-person absentee voting past 7 p.m. or weekends in the state is one step away from passing Legislature. 

The Assembly is planning on voting on the measure today, before it would then go to Gov. Scott Walker. Opponents says restricting the hours is an unconstitutional attempt to make it more difficult for minorities in Milwaukee and Madison to vote. Republican supporters say limiting early voting is needed because it's not fair that large cities can offer it while voters in rural areas do not have the opportunity.

6.) Posting explicit images of former boyfriends or girlfriends online to seek revenge would be a crime under a proposal is expected to be passed by the State Assembly.

The bill would make it a misdemeanor to post a nude picture without the subject's consent, regardless if they granted permission to have the picture taken. The act would hold a maximum of a $10,000 fine and nine months in jail. 




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