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Wisconsin lawmakers looking to raise pay for public defenders

(AP)- Republicans in Wisconsin’s state Assembly are supporting raising the pay for attorneys who represent poor defendants, as the state faces a class-action federal lawsuit over the issue.

Assembly Republicans also are backing the hiring of 61 more assistant district attorneys and raising pay for prosecutors, public defenders and correctional officers.

State Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack says the plan would “support essential constitutional guarantees.”

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