Assembly delays budget debate to Wednesday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin state Assembly has delayed the start of budget debate until Wednesday.

Republican leaders decided around 10:15 p.m. to delay the start until 9 a.m. Wednesday because it was going to take several more hours for amendments to be drafted.

The Assembly was scheduled to start debate at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, but were thrown for a loop with the surprise state Supreme Court ruling around 5 p.m. overturning a lower court’s decision voiding a law taking away collective bargaining rights from state workers.

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald says there are no deadlines in mind for when debate will end on Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to take up the bill on Thursday.