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2 Assembly committees get co-chairs from opposite political parties

The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.
The Wisconsin state Capitol Building in Madison is seen in this undated photo.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin’s Assembly’s new speaker made a move today to get minority Democrats more involved in the legislative process.

Racine County Republican Robin Vos named colleagues from both parties to co-chair a pair of Assembly committees.

Cuba City Republican Travis Tranel and Milwaukee Democrat Leon Young will be the co-leaders of the Assembly’s State-and-Federal Relations panel. La Crosse Democrat Jill Billings will join Delafield Republican Chris Kapenga as the heads of the Ethics and Constitution Committee.

Vos says this is the first time in 18 years that Assembly panels will have chairs from both parties.

Democrats were relegated to the sidelines in the last session, as majority Republicans rammed through a host of controversial measures – including the photo I-D law for voting, and the near-elimination of collective bargaining privileges for most of Wisconsin’s public employee unions.