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Assembly rule changes-no more late night votes and debate

MADISON, Wisconsin  (WXOW) -- A bipartisan deal has been struck to avoid the Wisconsin state Assembly debating and taking votes in the middle of the night.

Party leaders announced the agreement Thursday that did not require a vote of the full Assembly.

The deal hinges on Republican and Democratic leaders agreeing before each day's debate how long they will take on each measure. That is not done currently and in recent years the Assembly has routinely gone deep into the night to vote and pass bills.

Republican Speaker Robin Vos says both sides agreed they wanted to eliminate all night sessions, saying that is not in the public interest.

As a test of the new procedure, both sides have agreed to limit debate Thursday on other contentious rule change proposals to five hours.

MADISON (WXOW) -- State lawmakers have said job creation is their top priority this session.

But first, they'll have a debate about their debates.

Republican and democratic assembly leaders have met the past few days on new rules to prevent them from working late into the night and into the morning.

A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the proposal will be released Thursday  before the assembly takes them up.


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