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Following Sheila Harsdorf’s appointment to agricultural secretary, the governor has scheduled a special election to fill the vacant state Senate seat for early next year.

Special elections slated to replace vacant seats

Gov. Scott Walker has announced a special election early next year to replace former state Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, following her appointment to the post of agricultural secretary. The appointment comes after Ben Brancel’s retirement from the position in August after seven years on the job.

The state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would prohibit state insurance programs from covering the cost of induced abortions except in certain circumstances.

Wisconsin Legislature debates two separate abortion bills

Wisconsin state Legislature considered two separate bills surrounding abortion Thursday, one that would prohibit state health insurance programs from covering workers’’ abortions and another that would restrict fetal tissue research. The state Assembly passed a bill 61-35 that would require the state only cover the cost of an abortion as part of a state worker’s health insurance program in cases that are “medically necessary,” such as rape, incest and life-threatening circumstances. The law, however, is unclear what exactly medically necessary means, which sponsors of the new bill aim to tighten up. "This is really making sure essentially that state taxpayers are not paying for elective abortions, period," one of the bill’s sponsors, state Rep.

Legislators passed a pair of bills this week intended to curtail homelessness as the winter approaches.

State senate passes two bills to support the state’s homeless population

A statewide council to fight homelessness would be created under a bill approved on a nearly unanimous vote Wednesday by the state Senate. The bill, one of two pieces of legislation targeting homelessness approved by the body, would create an Interagency Council on Homelessness and establish a pilot program that would give those experiencing chronic homelessness higher priority for federal housing choice vouchers. The council, chaired by Lieutenant Gov.

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