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Assembly votes on dozens of bills, changes to "Teacher Protection Act"

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MADISON (WKOW) --- More than 60 bills in the Wisconsin State Assembly are hoping to get a final vote before their last scheduled session day.  One that’s had major changes to it is the “Teacher Protection Act.”

The original bill would require police to notify teachers when a student is arrested for a violent crime. After concerns about the severity of the bill, that part is now removed. The only aspect of the bill now allows teachers to break their contracts with a district if they’ve been assaulted  by a student.

Some democrats still argue the bill is not’t effective. “It has nothing to do with teacher protection, what it has to do with is painting a picture that schools are dangerous,” said Rep. Sondy Pope (D- Mt. Horeb). “It only allows teachers to get out of their contract based on things that really haven't happened.”

Other bills up for a vote tonight would extend the closing time for wineries from 9 p.m. to midnight. Also there's a bipartisan bill that would give gun shop owners a sales tax exemption to put firearms in a safe.

The Assembly is scheduled until 12:30 a.m. Thursday and if they don't finish what's on the calendar they will have to schedule another session day. As for the senate they will be coming back some time in March.

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