QUORUM CALL

The Senate voted today 31-1 to pass a CBD oil bill and pushed back discussion on project labor agreements legislation until later this afternoon.

The PLA bill will be taken up following a noon break for a Black History Month event in the Capitol Rotunda. The Senate is expected to reconvene at 1:30 p.m.

The CBD oil bill, SB 10, shields from state prosecution those who have a doctor’s note and use the marijuana extract to treat seizures. The bill also set up a process to buy and sell CBD oil in Wisconsin if the feds decide it’s no longer a Schedule 1 drug. 

Sen. Duey Stroebel, R-Saukville, was the lone vote against the bill.

Among the overwhelming number of supporters of the CBD oil legislation was Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, who opposed a version of the bill from last session, but said when this version was introduced last month she was on board with it. 

During discussion on the legislation, Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, attempted to amend the bill through legalizing production of oil in Wisconsin, as the legislation doesn’t address issues of transporting it in from other states. But Larson was ultimately shot down when discussion on the measure was tabled.

The Senate also approved Linda Seemeyer’s appointment as secretary of the state Department of Health Services.

Her appointment passed on a 31-1 vote. She was first appointed to the position by Gov. Scott Walker in August, following the death of former DHS Secretary Kitty Rhoades.

Check Quorum Call for updates on the PLA bill.

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