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Suing the state, you won't have to travel to Dane Co. to do it


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate voted 18-to-15 Tuesday afternoon to let those who sue the state government choose the county where they want their cases heard. Conover Democrat Jim Holperin joined all 17 Republicans in voting yes. All other Democrats voted no, saying it would lead to judge shopping – and plaintiffs could harass defendants by filing their lawsuits hundreds of miles from where those defendants live. Supporters said it’s not right for everyone in Wisconsin to have to sue the state government in Dane County, where the Capitol’s located. Republicans have long claimed that Dane County’s judges and juries are too liberal. Prisoners would still have to file their lawsuits in Madison. The bill now goes to the Assembly.