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Wisconsin Assembly GOP fails to override veto of nurse's aide bill

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republicans have failed to override Gov. Tony Evers' veto of a bill that would make it easier to become a nurse's aide in Wisconsin.

The vote fell short Wednesday after Democrats who previously voted for the proposal did not support the override.

The bill at issue would reduce the number of training hours needed to become a certified nursing assistant from 120 to 75, the minimum required by federal regulations.

Supporters said lowering the state's standards by 45 hours would help address a shortage of caregivers in the state.

"What's more important? Playing politics with your governor who made a bad choice, or standing with your constituents, the skilled nursing shortage that we know, that we've all talked about being there," asked Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R).  

Evers and fellow Democrats who opposed the bill said they objected to lowering training requirements. 

"People that we put in these positions are often ill-equipped to deal with the challenges that we're seeing with an increasingly aging workforce and diverse health needs -- so what you're actually doing is exacerbating the problem," said Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz (D).

A rule passed in the Assembly last year allows for multiple veto override attempts, so the Assembly could try again if Republicans want to. 

They have not said if they will exercise that option.

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