Republicans move well regulations to brink of voting

Republicans move well regulations to brink of voting

Republicans have moved a bill that would relax Wisconsin’s high-capacity well regulations to the brink of passage in the state Senate.

The GOP was poised to take the final vote on the measure and send it to the Assembly early Tuesday evening before minority Democrats used a procedural maneuver to block the final reading of the bill. The move means the chamber can’t vote on the bill until the next day of scheduled Senate business. That’s Wednesday.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald ordered the body to reconvene at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

That means the final stage of debate likely will be short. Eight senators on the Legislature’s finance committee have to be in West Allis by 10 a.m. for a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal.