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Much work undone as Legislature nears end

State Sen. Luter Olsen, R-Ripon, speaks in support of his bill that would require private voucher schools to report test scores and other data for inclusion on a statewide report card on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

State Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon, speaks in support of a bill recently in Madison. Speed limits, sand mine regulations and wells are still on the table as the Legislature winds down its work for the year. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — As the Legislature nears the end of its work for the year, numerous bills remain in limbo or unlikely to pass. A proposal to limit regulations on sand mining in Wisconsin are in jeopardy, along with bills on the following issues:

— Speed limit: Raising the speed limit on Wisconsin’s interstates to 70 mph passed the Assembly, but Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said it doesn’t have the votes to clear the Senate.

— High capacity wells: A proposal to limit the state Department of Natural Resources’ ability to regulate high-capacity wells used by large farms and food processors appears to be dead as legislative leaders have said they may not have the votes to pass it. Republicans introduced the bill to restrict the DNR’s scope in the wake of a 2011 Wisconsin Supreme Court ruling that broadened its authority. Environmental groups and lake property owners want tighter rules, arguing that high-capacity wells are sucking small central Wisconsin streams and lakes dry.

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