The State Assembly is moving to exempt electronics maker Foxconn from portions of a bill barring local governments from creating certain kinds of employment ordinances.
The Assembly passed the bill on a 58-32 vote early Friday, in the waning moments of a marathon 12-hour session. It now heads to the state Senate.
The bill includes a last-minute amendment that exempts Foxconn, offered by its author, Rep. Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield.
Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, said she heard from Racine-area officials who were concerned the bill might hamper efforts to get "local people hired" at the facility. Due in part to a package of state and local tax breaks and infrastructure upgrades topping $4 billion, Foxconn plans to build a $10 billion liquid-crystal display manufacturing campus in Mount Pleasant, in western Racine County.
Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.