Lasee's Notes
November 9, 2017

Lasee's Notes is a way for me to communicate directly with you on key issues of our day
and to champion limited government, lower taxes, and individual liberty.
How we respond to these issues today, will affect the direction of our state and nation tomorrow.

I look forward to hearing from you about the issues of concern to you. Please feel free to contact me, Sen.Lasee@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 266-3512. If you are planning to be in Madison, please visit, I look forward to seeing you at the Capitol.

Legislative Potluck


 


The 2017-2018 fall legislative session has come to an end for the State Senate. Like most legislative sessions, the fall session was a potluck of executive appointments, joint resolutions and bills. A handful of the legislation dominated the headlines much like how a hot ham sandwich is the food that everyone clamors for at a potluck.

 

However, the majority of the bills the State Senate passed are more like the fruit salad of legislation. These bills without any fanfare honor people and their accomplishments, approve appointments to boards and councils, and change laws that are outdated or impractical. Fruit salad legislation may not be important to everyone but they are a very big deal to those people whose lives are impacted by the passage of the legislation. Few people care about these bills. Yet for the Wisconsinites whose lives are effected, these fruit salad bills become big and important to them.  

 

So let’s talk hot ham sandwiches and fruit salads.

 

 

During the fall legislative session the State Senate passed Assembly Joint Resolution 21 (AJR 21) that sends to Congress, Wisconsin’s support for a Constitutional Convention to propose a balanced budget  amendment to the United States Constitution. The federal government’s inability to have a balanced budget isn’t a republican or democrat issue. It is a federal government issue that has ballooned to epic proportions because of administrations and congressional leadership of both political parties. The national debt levels have skyrocketed to nearly $20.5 trillion. This comes out to be about $167,000 of debt per taxpayer.

 

Before a Constitutional Convention can be called two-thirds (34) of the country’s state legislatures must past similar requests for Congress to call a convention of the states. Wisconsin is the 28th state to pass the resolution calling for a convention to propose a balanced budget amendment. If the convention of states approves an amendment, that amendment would then be sent to the states for approval. The proposal would need three-fourths (38) of state legislatures to approve the amendment before it would become a United States Constitutional Amendment.

 

 

Wisconsin has a long history of mining. We are the “Badger State” because back in the early days of our state miners dug tunnels into hillsides as they searched for lead and then lived in tunnels during winter months to keep warm like badgers do. Wisconsin and mining are so interwoven that there is a miner on our state flag. So the State senate passed Assembly Bill 499 (AB 499) on a 19-14 vote. This law will lift the nonferrous mining moratorium while continuing to protect groundwater quality and level, surface water standards and wetlands under existing laws. There are many foundries in my district and Wisconsin that would benefit from mining here. As well as the jobs it creates in a part of the state that really needs economic development. When AB 499 becomes law, it will not change any local laws or provisions that are already on the books.
 

Minerals found in Wisconsin can be used all over the world. Building a television requires 35 different minerals, a smart phone construction needs 40 different minerals, a finished Toyota Prius has 64 pounds of copper in it. We have the minerals available and in abundance in Wisconsin to help make these items and more. Under AB 499 these minerals can be mined in a safe way for the local community and the environment.

 

 

I am proud to be the author of Senate Bill 430 (SB 430). The best example of why this legislation is needed was heard during public testimony from an owner of a manufactured home community who was cited by local code enforcement officials because the inside of a manufactured home was unclean. However the owner of the manufactured home community only owned the land the home was on, not the home. SB 430 clarifies that the owner of the home, not the land the home is on should be cited for code violations of the home.

 

The other bill I authored that received bipartisan support on the floor of the State Senate during the fall legislative session is Senate Bill 455 (SB 455). This bill makes changes to laws that regulate the practice of real estate to bring them up to date for both realtors and consumers. It also streamlines the rules process to keep the real estate industry more in line with changing needs of the marketplace.

 

 

I am proud to have co-sponsored Assembly Bill 226 (AB 226), another bill the State Senate passed this fall. AB 226 expands grant programs to help more people in need of financial assistance in repairing a failed or contaminated well, faulty septic system or assist with water treatment measures in an existing well. With the Senate’s approval AB 226 will go to Governor Walker to be signed into law.

 

Assembly Bill 479 (AB 479) also known as the Homeowners’ Bill of Rights passed on the last day of the fall of session in the State Senate.  As you may remember from my previous Lasee’s Notes AB 479 protects personal property rights and reduces the regulatory burdens of home ownership endangered by changing laws and local ordinances that infringe the rights of property owners. 

 

 

Much like people at a potluck, the 33 members of the State Senate didn’t agree on everything. That’s the legislative process. Don’t forget, bills have to get through the Assembly and get signed into law by our Governor. We helped Wisconsin move forward.

 

Hope you are having a great fall.



 
 

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