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Bipartisan agreement reached to limit debate

Published On: Jun 18 2013 01:15:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 18 2013 01:16:36 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

A bipartisan agreement has been reached with the goal of avoid all-night debate of the state budget in the Assembly.

Republican and Democratic leaders have agreed to a schedule that will allow for 12 1/2 hours of debate spread over Tuesday and Wednesday. Debate is scheduled to end by 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, with a vote occurring before 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

If lawmakers were to hold to that schedule, it would be a dramatic change from past budget debates in the Assembly that have gone all night and typically not wrapped up until the early morning hours.

The Assembly has been working under an agreement this year to avoid late-night debates and votes on all bills it considers.

The Senate is scheduled to begin budget debate Thursday.

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