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.
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councils, and change laws that are outdated or impractical.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
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
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
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
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.
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.