Senate approves $217,000 claim for Hudson company

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Senate has voted to pay $217,499 to a Hudson steel company whose CEO donated to the Republican senator who introduced the bill to provide the money.

J & L Steel and Electrical Services filed the claim for increased costs and attorneys' fees related to a dispute over bid requirements for installing a new nurse call system at the veterans home in Chippewa Falls.

The claims board last year refused to pay and Democrats argued the company should take its claim to court.

Republican Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, of River Falls, introduced a bill to pay the company. An online database shows Harsdorf has received $2,070 from J & L Steel CEO LouAnne Berg in campaign donations.

The Senate approved the bill 20-12. It now heads to the Assembly.

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