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Final session for State Senate today

MADISON, Wis (WSAU-Wheeler News)  The Wisconsin Senate has a full agenda today, in its final meeting of the two-year legislative session.

The Assembly has already called it quits, and senators will consider a number of measures the lower house has passed in recent weeks. One bill would let doctors apologize or express sympathy to patients and their families, without having their comments used against them in malpractice lawsuits. Supporters say the bill would improve communication between doctors and patients. Trial lawyers and other opponents say it would make it harder to win malpractice cases.

Among the other bills up for Senate approval would legalize a marijuana extract to treat child seizures -- allow more types of jail inmates to be strip-searched by officers -- allow the U-W to do classified national security research -- and prohibit anyone under 18 from officiating at weddings in Wisconsin.