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State Assembly approves bill cutting back on alternative medical treatment info

Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Health care graphic copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin doctors are one step away from being allowed to give less information to patients about alternative medical treatments they might not need. 

The state Assembly gave final legislative approval to the measure Tuesday on a voice vote. The bill now goes to Governor Scott Walker for his signature. 

It nullifies a State Supreme Court decision from last year which ordered doctors to inform patients about all alternative treatments which might benefit them -- even if they're not relevant to their diagnoses.  

Also Tuesday, both houses gave their overwhelming approval to several job training proposals. They're all heading to Walker's office for his signature. 

One bill would spend an extra $4 million in the next year-and-a-half on vocational rehab services to help the disabled find jobs. The measure is also designed to bring in additional federal dollars for the effort. 

Lawmakers also agreed to start grants and scholarship opportunities for technical school students.

Another bill would add $450,000 for tuition in apprenticeship programs. Lawmakers also voted to raise youth apprenticeship grants by another million dollars through mid-2015.

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