Assembly GOP won’t tip hand on plans for ‘extraordinary session’ Thursday

On the eve of a Thursday “extraordinary session” of the state Assembly, its Republican leaders would not say if they’ll concur with their Senate counterparts on bills dealing with school safety, tax cuts and the state’s youth prison. That leaves the future of those bills in question, despite their centrality to Gov. Walker’s agenda. > Wisconsin State Journal

Personality conflict could derail Walker’s election year ‘gimmicks’

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With the Senate’s session set to end this week, Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year plans are in peril. Walker has been unable to broker a deal and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has accused the governor of leaving him out of negotiations. Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Vos has refused to budge from his position. > Wisconsin Gazette

Assembly Speaker Vos welcomes special session on school safety


Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said even though legislators have completed their work for the regular session, he welcomes a call from Gov. Scott Walker to bring the Assembly back into session to address school safety. > Wisconsin State Journal

Fitzgerald’s ‘serious concerns’ with juvenile prison plan


After years of investigations, lawsuits and reports of abuse, the Wisconsin Assembly unanimously passed a bill last week that would shut down Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility. But Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald isn’t sure the plan to house juvenile inmates in multiple county facilities will work without sheriff input and support. > Cap Times

Walker tax cut, Lincoln Hills closure in jeopardy


Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald threw cold water on two Gov. Walker priorities Friday, saying he was cut out of negotiations between the governor and Assembly on a tax cut deal and juvenile justice overhaul. Fitzgerald said both proposals will have serious problems getting through the Senate as they’re written. > AP News

Vos: Democrats’ demands for gun control ‘sad’

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Assembly Republican Speaker Robin Vos is calling Democrats’ demand for gun control a sad political ploy. Assembly Democrats sent a letter Tuesday to Vos, Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald and Gov. Walker demanding action on universal background checks, prohibiting people convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor from possessing a gun and prohibiting bump stock sales. > Channel 3000

Assembly Republicans pass full slate of Walker’s welfare limits

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The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed welfare limits and sought federal help to cover more of the nearly $90 million in costs from the proposals. Republicans approved the bills on party-line 62-35 votes, sending them to the Senate, where they are expected to pass quickly. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel