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The Assembly last night passed and sent to the guv on a 62-35 vote a bill that would loosen regulations of high-capacity wells.

Also getting through the chamber were four GOP bills combatting homelessness and the last of the special session bills dealing with opioid abuse. The Senate yesterday also signed off on a series of opioid abuse bills and approved a revised version of the REINS Act, which makes changes to the administrative rules process.

The state Senate last month signed off on the high-capacity wells bill, under which DNR would not review the impact of existing wells when they are replaced or the property is sold. Last night’s passage in the Assembly sends the bill to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk.

Dems lined up in opposition to the legislation. Rep. Deb Kolste, D-Janesville, said while the bill provides certainty to farmers to ensure they’ll “get water forever,” the state’s residents “need a plan that takes all water users into account.”

Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Jarchow called the bill “reasonable” and not controversial.

“If you own something and it’s critically important to your business and it’s broken, then you can fix it,” said Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake.

The vote was primarily party-line, with Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, as the only GOP lawmaker to break ranks and vote against it.

Read more in Quorum Call:

High-capacity wells bill passes Assembly, heads to Walker’s desk

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