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Assembly lawmakers agree to plan avoiding all-night debates

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin Assembly leaders agreed on new rules Thursday that would prevent all-night debates.

Speaker Robin Vos says leaders of both parties would decide before each day’s meeting how long they’ll take on each proposal.

That’s not done now – and as a result, the Assembly debated some of the most routine measures for hours in the last session. A time clock has been set up to chart the length of the discussions.

To test the new system, both parties agreed to have a debate of no more than 5 hours on the rules which the Assembly will follow during the next two-year session.

But before that happens, the two sides still need to agree on other proposals – like having members wear business clothing during their floor sessions, and cracking down on outbursts by spectators in the Assembly gallery. 

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