Wisconsin Democrats demand governor call special session to take up dead bills

CREATED Apr 9, 2014

  • Print

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Democrats are demanding Republican Gov. Scott Walker call a special legislative session to resurrect dead bills they say would help the middle class.

The Legislature's two-year session ended last week. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, a Kenosha Democrat, called a news conference Wednesday to demand Walker call lawmakers back to Madison to pass two dozen Democratic bills that majority Republicans didn't allow to pass.

The proposals include measures to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, create a task force on clean energy jobs, imposing accountability measures on private voucher schools and expand Medicaid coverage.

Walker has said he would call a special session to modify Wisconsin's stalled voter photo identification requirements. His spokeswoman didn't immediately return an email seeking comment on the Democrats' demand.