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Democrats in the state Assembly have introduced a constitutional amendment they say is aimed at forcing the Legislature to abide by open meeting statutes.
Democrats maintain Republican lawmakers broke the open meetings law when they hastily convened a committee to debate Governor Scott Walker's contentious collective bargaining law in March.
A Dane County judge said Republicans violated meetings statutes and blocked the law from taking effect. But the state Supreme Court last month ruled the judge overstepped her authority and rejected claims Republicans violated the open meetings law.
The Democrats' amendment would require legislators to pass laws requiring reasonable notice and access to governmental meetings, including the Legislature.
Minnesota's top leaders have no budget negotiations scheduled on Thursday as the state's government shutdown reaches the end of its first week.
All kinds of ways for local governments to save money. The latest method in Wisconsin: cutting back on places to vote. At least some municipalities in the state are playing that card as a way to cut back on costs during the upcoming recall election primaries on Tuesday. The state says some are scaling back on the numbers of polling places for those six senate districts that have primaries. In the 32nd senate district, only a few municipalities have more than one polling area, with La Crosse having by far the most at 17. All of which, says city clerk, Teri Lehrke, will be open on Tuesday for primary voting from 7 in the morning until 8 at night.
There looks to be a third year of Lacrosse Spartan Football next year. At a board meeting of the Lacrosse Center yesterday, Art Fahey says he met briefly with Spartans GM, Chris Kokalis, and his plans are to hit the ground running again in 2012. Fahey says the Spartans would like to see an increase in attendance next year, and with the added wins the team got this year, Fahey says things could be looking good for the IFL team. Kokalis is currently assembling a schedule which would go the center for their approval then it would go to the IFL for final approval. The team is looking at 7 or 8 home games next season, beginning possibly in late January.