The Wisconsin Assembly passed a bill Thursday night that would save the city of La Crosse thousands of dollars a year.

State Representative Jill Billings introduced the Inmate Transfer Bill after meeting with La Crosse Police and the county sheriff's department about the increasing cost of housing municipal prisoners.

Last year, La Crosse county increased its fee from $55 a day to $90 a day per prisoner.

The bill will allow La Crosse to enter into agreements with neighboring counties or even states to house its municipal prisoners.

The bill will cut costs by at least 25%.