Topics of the week:
Green Bay Lands Tournaments
Assembly Approves "Wisconsin Wins" Program
Service Contract Legislation Introduced
Green Bay Lands Tournaments
I am pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) made the decision this week to move the Boys and Girls High School State Basketball Championships to Green Bay as early as next year.
Due to scheduling conflicts with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Kohl Center, where the WIAA Championships are currently being played, the WIAA was forced to seek other alternatives.
Representative Chad Weininger (R-Green Bay) and I were proud to have joined the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau in meeting with the WIAA in Stevens Point earlier this month to make the case for the move on behalf of the Green Bay community.
Green Bay and the Resch Center are an ideal location for the event and a perfect place to showcase the talents of Wisconsin’s student–athletes. I applaud the WIAA for recognizing all the area has to offer and look forward to the tournaments debut.
Assembly Approves “Wisconsin Wins” Program
This week the Wisconsin State Assembly approved legislation creating a “Wisconsin Wins” pilot program that will offer voluntary on the job training for individuals receiving unemployment benefits. The bill encourages business to retrain dislocated workers and gives job-seekers the ability to learn new skills without losing their unemployment eligibility.
Under the proposal, Wisconsinites receiving unemployment benefits will take part-time occupational training jobs with employers, potentially leading to full-time employment. The pilot program will be administered by the Department of Workforce Development and will allow current job seekers to receive training and demonstrate their skill for potential employers.
I am proud to have joined my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in support of this legislation. This collaborative effort to match job seekers with job opportunities is a win for Wisconsin workers and employers.
Service Contracts Legislation Introduced
When you or I purchase a product often times we are asked if we would like to purchase a separate contract to cover the service, repair or replacement of that product in case of internal defect or malfunction. The Office of the Commissioner of Insurance is responsible for the enforcement of these types of service contracts.
Under current state law, there is no defined framework for these contracts. This has lead to inconsistencies when determining if an agreement is a service contract and what is covered under that agreement. Ultimately, this creates uncertainty in the marketplace for businesses that offer these services and can end up hurting you, the consumer.
This week I introduced legislation that will provide a legal framework within which service contracts are to be defined, may be sold and regulated by OCI. This legislation will give consumers and businesses a clear understanding which will ultimately provide greater protections.