The Week of September 14, 2015

The Wisconsin Legislature's 2015-2016 legislative session began on January 5, 2015. The schedule of floorperiods is established by Senate Joint Resolution 1. The Assembly is expected to hold a floor session this week, though no calendar has been released as of publication.

For daily updates on Wisconsin politics in the news, please see our Capitol Headlines page.

Fetal Tissue Bill Recommended for Passage

On September 9, the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety held an executive session on 2015 Assembly Bill 305, which would generally prohibit the sale and use of fetal body parts derived from an induced abortion. The committee voted to recommend Assembly Substitute Amendment 1 to the bill, which would allow tissue acquired before January 1 of this year to be used in research, by a vote of 6-5. It voted to recommend passage of the bill as amended by a vote of 7-4. Video of the executive session is available from WisconsinEye. The bill was introduced on August 7, and a public hearing on the bill was held on August 11 by the committee. Submitted testimony is available from the Legislative Council's website.Archived video of the hearing is available at WisconsinEye.

Recently Introduced Proposals

2015 Assembly Bill 334, introduced on September 10, would designate the monarch butterfly as the state butterfly.

2015 Senate Bill 253, introduced on September 9, would provide eligibility for subsidized guardianship payments to persons who have a significant emotional relationship with a child or the child's family and who, during to the child's placement in out-of-home care, developed a relationship with the child or the child's family that is similar to a familial relationship.

2015 Senate Bill 252, introduced on September 9, relates to utility aid payments for decommissioned or closed production plants.

A list of recently introduced proposals is available at the Legislature's 2015 documents site.

Committee Activity

As of Friday, September 11, several public hearings have been scheduled by legislative committees. On Tuesday, September 15, the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform will hold a public hearing on Senate Joint Resolution 4, which would delete the Office of State Treasurer from the Wisconsin Constitution. The Joint Committee on Employment Relations will hold a public hearing on the 2015-2017 Compensation Plan the same day. Check the committee schedule for updated information throughout the week.

Special Election in September

Primary Results. Unofficial results show that Republican Cindi Duchow won the special election primary on September 1 for the 99th Assembly District. A total of four Republicans were on the ballot. No Democrats have filed to run. The governor issued Executive Order #171 declaring a special election in the 99th Assembly District, Senator Kapenga's former seat, to be held on Tuesday, September 29. More information is available at the Government Accountability Board's Web site.

Signed Into Law

As of Friday, September 11, the governor has signed 60 bills into law from the current session.

A list of enrolled bills that are ready to be sent to the governor is updated regularly.

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Last revised: September 11, 2015