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Walker to be in Hudson this afternoon for bill signing ceremonies

HUDSON - It will be against the law to possess and use synthetic marijuana in all of Wisconsin after Gov. Scott Walker signs a bill to that effect this afternoon. The governor will sign the measure in Hudson, where he'll also sign a bill to generate funding for the proposed new four-lane bridge over the St. Croix River just north of Hudson.

Walker will sign the St. Croix River bill during a ceremony at 2:45 p.m. today in the banquet room of the Valley House, 1237 Hwy. 35N, Hudson. He'll sign the controlled substance bill at 4 p.m. in the County Board Chambers of the St. Croix County Government Center, 1101 Carmichael Road

The synthetic pot bill bans products like K-2 statewide. A number of Wisconsin cities have passed their own bans over the last couple of years.

The bridge bill would try to secure funding for a four-lane to replace the old two-lane Stillwater Lift Bridge without requiring that it get federal funds.

The bill is designed to remove an obstacle for the new St. Croix bridge - a project that's seen many obstacles over the past half-century.

The National Park Service is blocking the new bridge due to environmental concerns. A bill in Congress would side-step the agency and build the project anyway. Supporters say it would end the daily parade of rush-hour traffic through Stillwater, as thousands of Wisconsin motorists use the bridge to get to their jobs in Minnesota's Twin Cities.