The state Assembly will likely have a very long final week of the legislative session, after lawmakers cut their calendar short early this morning and pushed of action on dozens of bills to next week.
After spending most of the day in partisan caucuses, the Assembly took to the floor around eight Tuesday evening to begin a floor session featuring nearly 80 pieces of legislation. Progress was slow though; with only about a dozen bills being brought up for debate over six-hours and Democrats using procedural moves to block final votes on several of them.
At around two this morning, lawmakers decided to call it quits for the night. The move delays action on the majority of the calendar until the Assembly returns to the floor next Tuesday.
Lawmakers did approve first consideration of a state Constitutional amendment that makes changes to how elected officials can be recalled, but Democrats pushed off a final vote on a controversial proposal that would allow disabled students to attend public or private schools outside of their home district.
Bills being pushed off to next week include a proposal to lift the enrollment cap on Wisconsin’s Family Care program, a measure that creates a wolf hunting season, and a ban on offering anything of value for someone to sign a recall petition. The current legislative session ends next week.