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State Senate to vote on bill granting more power to landlords

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin senators are expected to vote Tuesday on a bill that gives landlords more power over their tenants. 

The Assembly approved the measure in June, when 57 Republicans and 37 Democrats voted no.

Assembly Republican Duey Strobel of Saukville is the bill's main sponsor. He says it would ease burdensome requirements for landlords, and hold tenants more responsible for damages. 

Landlords could dispose of almost anything tenants leave behind without advance notice. Building owners could also evict tenants if crimes occur in their units, regardless of whether the tenants could have prevented them. 

Victims of stalking, domestic abuse, and sexual assault would not be evicted. 

Democrats have said the bill tramples on consumers' rights. Other critics, including some in law enforcement, fear violent confrontations between tenants and the landlords who try to toss them out.

Various housing groups have lined up to support the bill. 

Madison and Dane County have come out against it -- along with Legal Action of Wisconsin and the state's Network for Peace and Justice.

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