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Clean Energy Jobs Act clears Assembly committee

The Clean Energy Jobs Act is now ready for a full Assembly vote.

The Assembly Special Committee on Clean Energy Jobs approved the bill Thursday on a 6-3 vote. A 150-page substitute amendment to the bill was introduced Tuesday.

The dissenting votes came from the committee’s three Republican members, state Reps. Mike Huebsch, R-West Salem, Phil Montgomery, R-Green Bay, and Scott Gunderson, R-Waterford. All three members said during the bill’s executive session the bill, which proposes energy policy changes for utilities and development, would cost taxpayers billions of dollars and the state thousands of jobs.

State Rep. Spencer Black, D-Madison, co-chairman of the special committee and one of the bill’s four co-sponsors, said opponents were free to engage in the rhetoric they wanted.

“The fact is this will move the state into a future that’s better economically and better environmentally,” he said.

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