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Walker says he would sign chemotherapy bill

By Jessica Arp, jarp@wisctv.com
Published On: Mar 19 2014 06:46:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 19 2014 08:52:04 PM CDT

Gov. Scott Walker said he would sign into law a bill passed by the state Senate and pending approval in the Assembly that would make chemotherapy drugs in pill form more affordable for cancer patients.

MADISON, Wis. -

Gov. Scott Walker said he would sign into law a bill passed by the state Senate and pending approval in the Assembly that would make chemotherapy drugs in pill form more affordable for cancer patients.

Following a news conference in Madison, the governor said he supports the version of the bill passed in the Senate and that he would "sign it quickly" if passed by the Assembly.

"I don't think anybody wants to go through this whole process and then have it stuck because one house passed one version and the other house doesn't agree with it," Walker said. "I'm more than comfortable signing the bill that was passed by the Senate."

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Tuesday said the Assembly would consider making changes to the proposal before voting on whether to pass it on Thursday, something Walker said he didn't want to see happen. Wispolitics.com reported Wednesday night that Assembly Republicans were considering an amendment requiring a co-pay for cancer patients when they refill their prescriptions, similar to legislation passed in California.

But the author of the bill in the Senate, Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, issued a statement Wednesday calling on the Assembly to pass the bill without "unnecessary amendments," saying that any changes might "jeopardize the future of this vital bill."

Democrats and other advocates also were pushing for the Assembly to pass the bill in the same form as it cleared the Senate on a 30-2 vote.

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