Hearing on special elections delay called

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A judge has scheduled a hearing following a request from the Wisconsin Department of Justice to delay an order requiring Gov. Scott Walker to call special elections for a pair of vacant legislative seats. 

Dane County Circuit Judge Richard Niess plans to hear arguments from attorneys on Tuesday afternoon. 

The hearing comes as the state Legislature prepares to pass a bill designed to circumvent a judge's order from last week giving Walker until Thursday to call special elections in two vacant seats.

A public hearing was scheduled for Wednesday in a state Senate committee on the hastily written measure that would remove the requirement for the governor to call special elections for vacant legislative seats ``as promptly as possible.''

The state Justice Department is asking her to delay the order for a week, giving the Legislature time to act

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