Senate Republicans approved two referendums Tuesday that are likely to appear before voters on the April 4 ballot: one, an advisory question asking whether adults should have to actively seek work to continue receiving taxpayer-funded benefits, and the other an amendment to the state Constitution changing the basis for how judges set cash bail in the state.

Voting along party lines, the GOP-controlled Senate also rejected a proposal by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and legislative Democrats to substitute the welfare question with one asking voters if the state’s near-complete abortion ban should be repealed.

Gov. Tony Evers discusses his abortion referendum proposal at a news conference on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023.

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