The Senate sent a bill to Gov. Tony Evers’ desk that would approve 12 new circuit court branches over a three-year period. 

The bill, which has already cleared the Assembly, would add four judges each in 2021, 2022 and 2023. 

When fully implemented, the cost would be $3.3 million annually with almost all of that from general purpose revenue. 

The state now has 249 circuit court branches, and the director of state courts would decide where the new judges are located.

The measure passed by voice vote.

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