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Capitol Notes: In The End, Democrats Reject Accommodations For Lawmakers With Disabilities

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Marti Mikkelson and JR Ross discuss the week in politics in our "Capitol Notes" conversation

The Republican-controlled state Legislature got back into full swing last week, with lawmakers passing dozens of bills to kick off the fall session. One measure that drew a lot of attention: the state Assembly voted to make accommodations for Democratic Rep. Jimmy Anderson, who uses a wheelchair. Anderson would be able to phone in to meetings, instead of always having to appear in person. Anderson threatened to sue if the Assembly didn't help him.

But in the end, Anderson and Democrats voted against the accommodations because the GOP threw in some unrelated provisions designed to increase the powers of the party in control. In this week's Capitol Notes conversation, WUWM's Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com if this issue has been put to rest.

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Marti, a Waukesha native, joined the WUWM news team in February of 1999. She is also host of WUWM's weekly political podcast, Capitol Notes.