The state Assembly was planning to meet at 11:30 a.m. Thursday to debate and vote on the bill that would set the stage for electronics manufacturer Foxconn to build a campus in southeast Wisconsin that could lead to as many as 13,000 jobs. quoted the office of Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke as saying 7.5 hours was set aside for debate.

The latest version of the measure emerged from the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy on an 8-5 vote Monday, with all Republicans on the committee voting “yes” and all Democrats voting “no.”

State Rep. Joel Kitchens, R-Sturgeon Bay, whose district includes most of Kewaunee County, has been a vocal supporter of the plan.

“This campus will provide our state with numerous benefits on several different levels,” Kitchens said in a statement July 28. “Arguably the most valuable outcome of this move will be the thousands of family-supporting jobs with an average salary of over $53,000 that will go to hard-working Wisconsinites … The economic impact generated by this influx of jobs, estimated at $7 billion annually, will resonate beyond the region of the campus and throughout the state.”

The bill would still need the support of the state Senate before it can head to Gov. Scott Walker’s desk for his signature.