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Latest Photo ID Bill Appears Dead on Arrival

 Latest Photo ID Bill Appears Dead on Arrival

UPDATE: 10/31/13 -

MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ The latest proposal to require Wisconsin voters to show photo identification at the polls appears to be dead on arrival.

A pair of Republican state Assembly members circulated the bill Thursday, with the hopes of holding a hearing next week and taking a vote later in November.

But Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says he does not plan to take the bill up in the Senate. Fitzgerald says it makes more sense to see what happens with lawsuits currently pending in both state appeals and federal court.

He says the current photo ID law may withstand the court challenges, and if it doesn't the Legislature could then make changes to address any ruling.

Fitzgerald says passing a new law now will just result in more lawsuits.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ A bill to require the showing of photo identification at the polls in Wisconsin is set to move quickly through the Republican-controlled Assembly.

Sponsors of the new bill circulated it Thursday. A spokeswoman for Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the measure will be up for a public hearing next week, with a vote by the full Assembly the second week in November.

Wisconsin has a photo ID requirement law in place, but it's been blocked in court. A federal trial over the current law is scheduled to begin Monday in Milwaukee.

Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer says Republicans are anxious to have a law in place before next year's election. Republican Gov. Scott Walker is up for re-election, along with everyone in the Assembly and a host of other races

 

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