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Wis. GOP focus on 4 major bills

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans who control the Legislature have their sights set on passing just four major bills and little else during the session that begins Tuesday.

They insist it's not due to inter-party gridlock, but instead the negative influence of recalls against four Republican senators and the ongoing bitter partisan atmosphere that hinders building coalitions across party lines.

Republicans also rushed through many major proposals before nine recall elections last year, like requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls, leaving fewer items on their agenda.

The four major bills Republican leaders say they are working to pass would clear the way for an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin, ease laws related to developing on wetlands and environmental regulation, and create a venture capital fund to assist start-up businesses.

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