MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):
Democrat Patty Schachtner has been sworn into the state Senate.
Schachter was sworn in on Tuesday, becoming the 14th Democrat. There are 18 Republicans and one vacancy.
Schachtner won a special election last month in the 10th Senate district, which had been under Republican control for 17 years. President Donald Trump also carried the northwestern Wisconsin district in 2016.
Schachtner’s win energized Democrats who saw it as a good sign of momentum headed into the fall midterm elections.
Schachtner is the St. Croix County medical examiner and a Somerset school board member.
Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to help reduce insurance premiums for people buying plans on the private market in Wisconsin is up for legislative approval.
The reinsurance proposal was scheduled for a vote Tuesday in both the state Senate and Assembly.
It’s one of several high priority bills the Legislature is tackling as the Assembly rushes to complete its work for the year by Thursday. The Senate plans one more day of voting next month.
Also up for a vote Tuesday is Walker’s bill spending $6.8 million on a marketing plan designed to lure millennials from the Midwest to Wisconsin to help with a worker shortage problem.
The Senate also planned to give final approval to Walker’s plans to increase work requirements for adult food stamp recipients, including parents.