MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - If there's not a special session later this year, four long-time Wisconsin senators will cast their final votes Tuesday.
Democrats Tim Cullen, Bob Jauch, and John Lehman are stepping down after their current terms -- and so is moderate Republican Dale Schultz. Together, they have 94 years of state legislative experience. That's a lot of institutional memory walking out the door.
Lehman plans to run for lieutenant governor. Schultz is bowing out, rather than facing a GOP primary challenge from current Assembly Republican Howard Marklein.
Cullen, Jauch, and Schultz have all lamented the hyperpartisan atmosphere in state government in recent years -- remembering a simpler and more cordial time.
Over 50 bills are on Tuesday's final regular session agenda.
Most have strong support from both parties. That includes a bill to either make insurance companies cover high cost chemotherapy pills, or put a $100 monthly limit on co-pays.
Other bills would limit the numbers of people giving DNA samples to police upon their arrest -- require police to use outside agencies to investigate officer-involved deaths -- allow a marijuana oil extract to treat child seizures -- and let doctors apologize for medical mistakes without having it used against them in court.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)