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Wisconsin Assembly votes to recognize tree, Bible week

Nov. 12, 2019 6:43 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans who lead the Wisconsin Assembly voted Tuesday to call the state Capitol evergreen a Christmas tree and formally recognize National Bible Week, moves they said were necessary to ensure Christianity isn't marginalized as the holidays approach. The 64-30 vote on naming the...

The Latest: Assembly declares evergreen is Christmas tree

Nov. 12, 2019 5:11 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on an Assembly resolution recognizing Thanksgiving week as National Bible Week (all times local): 4:10 p.m. The state Assembly has passed a resolution declaring the giant evergreen the state Department of Administration places in the state Capitol every December is...

Republican legislator proposes Christmas tree resolution

Nov. 11, 2019 4:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican legislator is resurrecting a resolution that would officially declare the evergreen the state Department of Administration places in the state Capitol every year a Christmas tree. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called the tree a holiday tree Friday, a departure from his...

Wisconsin residents using medical cannabis amid restrictions

Nov. 9, 2019 1:06 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — After four decades of using strong prescription drugs to treat Crohn's disease, a chronic digestive disorder, Patty developed an aggressive form of skin cancer. "It's because my body has been suppressed for so long, it can't fight it (cancer)," the Wisconsin resident said. Patty, who...

Wisconsin governor returns 'holiday tree' name to evergreen

Nov. 8, 2019 4:45 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has gone back to calling the evergreen on display at the state Capitol a holiday tree, reversing his predecessor who declared it a Christmas tree. The state Department of Administration places a huge evergreen in the Capitol rotunda every year ahead of...

Wisconsin GOP dodges governor's call for gun control bills

Nov. 7, 2019 10:49 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republicans dodged the Democratic governor's call to pass a pair of gun control bills during a special session that ended as soon as it began Thursday, brushing aside advocates' demands to take action before more people die. Gov. Tony Evers, the state attorney general, gun...

The Latest: Evers faults Republicans for punting on guns

Nov. 7, 2019 10:40 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Legislature's special session on gun control (all times local): 9:40 p.m. Gov. Tony Evers says Republicans in the Legislature just told a majority of Wisconsin residents to "go jump in a lake" by not voting on a pair of gun control measures. The Senate and...

Wisconsin bill seeks to stop under 21s from vaping, smoking

Nov. 6, 2019 12:44 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are moving ahead with a bipartisan proposal to limit the sale of vaping and other tobacco products to people over age 21, holding a public hearing Wednesday on a measure designed to address what advocates called a public health crisis facing young people....

Fitzgerald doesn't know when Senate will convene on guns

Nov. 5, 2019 9:33 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he doesn't know when the chamber may convene in special session to take up gun control measures. Democratic Gov. Tony Evers last month ordered the Legislature to take up bills that would mandate universal background checks and allow judges...

Future of bills to help homeless uncertain in Senate

Nov. 5, 2019 9:25 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The state Senate's top Republican says he's not sure if or when the chamber will vote on legislation to combat homelessness in Wisconsin. The $3.7 million, eight-bill package would enact recommendations from a state panel that examined homelessness. The proposals focus on efforts to...