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Assembly OKs tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting

The state Assembly has passed a Republican-authored bill that would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting. The measure comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores in California. There's been no reports of similar smash-and-grabs in Wisconsin, but the bill's chief Senate sponsor, Duey Stroebel, said in written remarks to the Senate judiciary committee that the state must send a strong message that organized theft rings will be punished. Under the bill, the severity of penalties for committing thefts as a group would be determined by the total value of the all the stolen items. The Assembly approved the bill Tuesday on a 59-33 vote. It goes next to the Senate. 

Wisconsin Senate sends critical race theory ban to Evers

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin public schools would be prohibited from teaching students and training employees about concepts such as systemic racism and implicit bias under a Republican bill the state Senate sent to Gov. Tony Evers.

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Maple Bluff pier access

MAPLE BLUFF, Wis. -- A Dane County judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit that would have limited some Maple Bluff residents' access to Lake Mendota, saying a decades-old easement included in deeds for area properties gives residents the right to…

Wisconsin Senate approves calling constitutional convention

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin on Tuesday became the 16th state to call for a convention of the states to consider making a variety of changes to the U.S. Constitution, a move that drew bipartisan opposition in the state Senate but not enough to block its approval.

Assembly Republicans to vote to count infection as immunity

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans who control the Wisconsin Assembly are ready to vote for a bill that would require employers to count a prior COVID-19 infection as an alternative to vaccination and testing. Republican backers maintain that natural immunity…

Lawmakers approve contracts for troopers, building trades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers have signed off on new contracts for state troopers, carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers. The deals for workers other than the state troopers cover the previous and current fiscal years. They call for raises…

GOP to vote on tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Republicans are set to vote on a bill that would create tougher penalties for coordinated shoplifting. The measure comes in response to reports last year of gangs of shoplifters running rampant through high-end department stores…

Lawmakers to sign off on new contracts for building trades

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin lawmakers are poised to sign off on new contracts for state carpenters, bricklayers, electricians and plumbers. The deals between the state Department of Administration and the Wisconsin State Building Trades Negotiating Committee cover the 2020-21…