Wisconsin Senate Puts Off Votes on Abortion, Water Well Bills

By: AP
By: AP

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Senate is dodging hot-button issues in its final working day of the year this week, putting off votes on bills imposing new abortion restrictions and loosening regulations on high-capacity water wells.

The Assembly, meanwhile, is taking a different approach.

Votes are expected in that chamber Thursday on imposing a new photo identification requirement for voting while the current law is on hold and restricting public access to an iron ore mine site in northern Wisconsin.

The legislative action comes at the same time Governor Scott Walker, a Republican seeking re-election next year, has urged lawmakers to focus on his priorities, which are creating jobs and improving the economy.

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