The numerous stalled bills this session and the Assembly beginning seven hours late Tuesday night caused a state lawmaker to lash out. State Representative Frank Boyle (D-Superior) said, "75 bills passed versus 500 plus in a normal session at this point and we're going to call it quits! "
The Democrat said his party has been acting no more courageous than the majority Republicans. He said his colleagues are afraid to take on issues like predatory lending and campaign finance. Boyle said Democrats are fearful of appearing "anti-business" or "anti-banking."
Split control of the legislature has led to deadlock on numerous issues, with bills often passing one chamber but not the other. Boyle doesn't believe his party assuming control of both chambers in November would solve much. He said boisterously, "You know what we're going to do? Exactly what we're doing now, nothing!