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Oshkosh lawmakers pleads for more hospitable atmosphere

Rep. Richard Spanbauer (R-Algoma)
Rep. Richard Spanbauer (R-Algoma)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A retiring state lawmaker called on his colleagues to be more civil, and more bi-partisan. Oshkosh Republican Dick Spanbauer delivered the prayer Thursday when the Assembly opened its session. Spanbauer preceded that by saying he missed a time when the Capitol had a more hospitable atmosphere. And it wasn't that long ago, since Spanbauer is only in his fourth year in the Legislature. He urged colleagues to put their pride aside and have more give-and-take. The two parties have been locked in numerous partisan battles over the last year. Many of those stemmed from the law which virtually ended collective bargaining for most public employee unions. Spanbauer said several times over the last month that he's sick of lawmakers who care more about politics than people. He's one of at least three Assembly Republicans who don't plan to run for re-election this fall.