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State Attorney General Josh Kaul speaks during the inauguration for the state's constitutional officers at the Capitol in Madison, Wis.(Photo: Mark Hoffman / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

MADISON - Hundreds of millions of dollars could be at stake if Republican lawmakers and Attorney General Josh Kaul don't agree soon on how to settle lawsuits facing state taxpayers, Kaul said Tuesday.

"The Legislature is at a point now, there are serious consequences the state could face if they don't move forward," Kaul said in an appearance at Marquette University in Milwaukee.  

Sixteen lawsuits involving Wisconsin taxpayers haven't been settled because Kaul and lawmakers are at an impasse over how to resolve them — a struggle resulting from a new law requiring the Democratic attorney general to get permission from the Legislature's GOP-controlled finance committee to settle legal challenges.

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