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Wis. Assembly approves budget earmarks bill

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MADISON (AP) -- The state Assembly has approved a bill that would bar Wisconsin lawmakers from passing the state budget without a report listing all the earmarks in the spending plan.

The Republican measure calls for the Legislative Fiscal Bureau to prepare a list of all earmarks in each budget and their beneficiaries. Lawmakers couldn't pass the budget until the fiscal bureau has distributed the report to all legislators and posted it online.

The bill also would ban any conference committees that draft compromise budgets when different parties control the Senate and Assembly from adding earmarks.

The Assembly passed the bill 89-4 late Thursday evening. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the bill last week. It goes next to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature.

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