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Assembly moves forward after setting aside MATC board appointments


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Assembly has set aside an early Friday morning stalemate over a bill changing the makeup of the Milwaukee Technical College Board. The house suspended debate for a couple hours at mid-day – and they acted on other bills while leaving the MATC measure unresolved.Among other things, the Assembly voted 54-to-29 early Friday afternoon to ease restrictions on the construction of piers-and-docks on Wisconsin waters. It was among a number of GOP bills still pending in the final meeting of the two-year legislative session. As of 2 p.m. Friday, the Assembly had been in meetings and caucuses for 27 straight hours. Majority Republicans passed a number of bills last night, including the use of student test scores in evaluating school teachers and principals – and tougher rules for doctors before they perform abortions. During the night, Democrats brought up their proposals and made Republicans strike them down one-by-one so they couldn’t go home. Then before sun-up, they began debating the Milwaukee Area Technical College bill – which calls for most of the school’s board nine board members to represent business, and to let county officials appoint the members instead of school board presidents.