MADISON (WKOW) -- Assembly Republicans are trying to pass over 150 bills this week in an attempt to finish their work for the year, despite criticisms from Democrats.
The Assembly went to the floor Tuesday afternoon and will go until 1:00 a.m. on the 100-plus bills on Tuesday's calendar, then come back to finish things at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday. Representatives will then come back again Thursday to take up about 50 more bills.
Republican leaders are in a hurry to finish the 2015-16 session so they can focus on the election season ahead.
Wisconsin's presidential primary is April 5 and Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) is the co-chair for Marco Rubio's presidential campaign here.
Democratic lawmakers told 27 News there is no way the proper amount of vetting is being done on all of the bills being voted on this week and the public can't possibly be giving as much input on them as they should.
"We're a state that believes in being engaged with their government. When they set up a calendar like that, it's specifically to make sure that the public is not aware of all the harmful things that they're doing," said Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha).
But Speaker Vos called Barca and the Democrats out for the doing the same thing when they controlled the Assembly.
"I'll go back and look at the exact number of bills that they took up in their final week of session. I have a feeling it was a similar number. It's just the process that we go through every two years," said Speaker Vos.
A review of an Assembly calendar from March 5, 2008 shows a similarly large number of bills passed by Democrats that day, in order to wrap up the 2007-08 session.
Rep. Mark Spreitzer (D-Beloit) has introduced legislation that would limit the number of bills that can be considered on the Assembly floor in any given week, but it is not expected to come up for a vote by Thursday.