Action in the state Assembly on the Clean Energy Jobs Act will have to wait. After meeting through the late hours of Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, lawmakers decided to move the measure to Thursday’s session instead.
The legislation would bring a wide range of changes to state energy policies, such as requiring Wisconsin to get 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. It would also impose new emissions standards and supporters say it would help create thousands of jobs.
Critics counter that the bill will result in higher utility rates and drive businesses out of the state.
While a vote in the Assembly is likely, the fate of the legislation remains uncertain in the state Senate. Both chambers are scheduled to end the session on Thursday, which means the bill would have to pass in both houses on the same day.
Lawmakers also delayed action Wednesday morning on a bill to grant new powers to the state Superintendent of Public Instruction to step in and fix failing school districts. The measure was also moved to Thursday’s calendar.