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MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly is set to give final approval to a package of anti-abortion bills that Democratic Gov. Tony Evers is almost certain to oppose his veto. The final approval Wednesday of bills to reduce the number of abortions in the state comes after the state Senate, also controlled by Republicans, passed the measures over Democrats’ objections last week. Republicans do not have enough votes in the legislature to override an Evers veto. Democrats accused Republicans of passing the bills only to energize Tories ahead of the 2022 midterm election.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Xcel Energy aims to increase its electricity rate by approximately 20% over the next three years, adding an average of $ 15 to $ 21 per month cumulatively to residential customer bills. Minneapolis-based Xcel has filed its claim with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, which must approve any increases. The tariff hike would generate around $ 677 million over three years, much of which would be spent on building transmission lines to connect to renewable energy sources. Xcel has 1.3 million electrical customers.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The Wisconsin Assembly has passed a package of bills introduced by Republicans and the state’s building and real estate sectors as a way to create more affordable housing for workers , reduce regulations and reform obsolete practices. The Assembly adopted the measures on Tuesday. A tight housing market, driven in part by a lack of inventory and a drop in new construction, has caused housing prices to rise rapidly in many areas, making it more difficult for people to purchase affordable housing. Republicans who drafted the bills have touted them as a way to make Wisconsin attractive to working people.

MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – The top Republican in the Wisconsin assembly, who ordered an inquiry into the 2020 presidential election, said more subpoenas and time may be needed to complete the work. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos also said on Tuesday it was possible he was trying to force the state’s top election official to submit to an interview with the lawyer leading the investigation before that a judge hold a hearing on the validity of the summons. Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul sued last week in an attempt to block the subpoena. A judge on Monday has set a December 23 hearing on the matter.

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