I am proud to report that 67% of bills I authored and co-authored during the 2015-2016 Legislative Session were signed into law. This accounts for 30 bills out of 45 total that passed through both houses of the legislature and were signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.
In the State Senate, we have been one of the most productive offices in
getting bills passed and signed into law. Individual legislators dictate how
many bills they put out each session. Some put out as few as 4 or 5, others
circulate upwards of 50 or 60 bills. The passage of these bills depends
largely on how effective these legislators can be at convincing colleagues
and the Governor that they are good bills. A piece of legislation can “die”
fairly easily at any stage in the process for any reason. Some legislators
have only had one or two bills signed while others have had a higher rate of
1. AB 335 / SB 252 / Act 61-- Cassville Utility Aid -- initiated by the community of Cassville, which addressed a drastic reduction in state aid to the village because of the closure of two power plants in Cassville.
2. AB 119 / SB 93 / Act 93 – Anti-steering for motor vehicle repairs – initiated by Art Krolikowski from Reedsburg Auto Body on behalf of the Wisconsin Auto Collision Technicians Association.
3. AB 249/ SB 182 / Act 26 – Out-of-state ambulatory services – initiated by the residents of the Town of Gratiot and rural Lafayette County.
4. AB 320 / SB 236 / Act 62 – Wine Walks – initiated by Kari Walker from the Touchdown Tavern and the Reedsburg Downtown Association in conjunction with business leaders from Baraboo.
5. AB 341 / SB 256 / Act 311 – Making a terrorist threat – initiated by Chief Tim Becker and Lt. Darrin Frye of the Reedsburg Police Department.
6. AB 451 / SB 379 / Act 139 – Right-of-way in roundabouts – initiated by Skinner Transfer in Reedsburg.
7. AB 522 / SB 389 / Act 164 – Probation & Parole reimbursements – initiated by Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman, Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson and Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill on behalf of Wisconsin Sheriff’s Association.
8. AB 512 / SB 384 / Act 270 – Frank Lloyd Wright Trail – initiated by Wright In Wisconsin, a group of Frank Lloyd Wright enthusiasts.
9. AB 765 / SB 628 / Act 287 – Collection of Health Care Information – initiated by Nicole Clapp, CEO of the Grant County Healthcare Center, on behalf of the Wisconsin Hospitals Association.
10. AB 771 / Act 271 – Lafayette County Drug Enforcement Grant – initiated by Lafayette County Sheriff Reg Gill.
11. AB 820 / SB 699 / Act 278 – Broadband Forward! – initiated by the small, rural communities of southwest Wisconsin.
12. AB 337 / SB 249 / Act 165 – Headlights in inclement weather --initiated by a constituent concerned with safety on our roadways
Bills related to taxes and finance – 12 Bills
1. AB 23 / SB 103 / Act 120 – Verbal Contracts
2. AB 167 / SB 130 / Budget – Tax deduction for Educators
3. AB 313 / SB 227 / Act 126 – Construction materials tax exemption
4. AB 405 / SB 334 / Act 84 – Tax exemption for declaration of emergency
5. AB 459 / SB 314 / Act 219 – Adverse possession
6. AB 595 / SB 440 / Act 216 – Department of Revenue tax administrative changes
7. AB 623 / SB 503 / Act 218 – Tax fairness changes
8. AB 725 / SB 532 / Act 217 – CPA licensing rules and continuing education
9. AB 721 / SB 603 / Act 309 – US Savings Bonds
10. AB 236 / SB 165 / Budget – Creation of WI ABLE Accounts
11. AB 731 / SB 604 / Act 312 – Repeal of WI ABLE Accounts, create nationwide option
12. AB 778 / SB 631 / Act 163 – Department of Financial Institutions administrative changes
Bills related to the College Affordability Bill Package – 3 Bills
1. AB 744 / SB 595 / Act 284 – Financial literacy letters.
2. AB 742 / SB 594 / Act 283 – Department of Workforce Development Internship Staff
3. AB 741 / SB 592 / Act 282 – Emergency Micro-grants
Bills related to transportation, veterans and other issues – 5 Bills
1. AB 199 / SB 137 / Act 79 – Publication of legal notices
2. AB 441 / SB 339 / Act TBD – Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative
3. AB 760 / SB 584 / Act 310 – DATCP Reimbursement
4. AB 856 / SB 687 / Act 215 – Managed Care Organizations & Long Term Care initiative
Again, I am honored to work on behalf of the 17th Senate District to
advance legislation that makes a positive difference in the lives of the
people who live in Wisconsin. I am also privileged to be able to work with
engaged, intelligent people who are willing to contribute to the legislative
process in a meaningful way.
Marklein & Tranel Update Lancaster Chamber of Commerce
State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Travis Tranel (R-Cuba City) addressed members of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce during a Legislative Lunch on Monday, April 4, 2016.
Marklein Visits UW Platteville
State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) spent the day on the campus
of the University of Wisconsin Platteville this week to share his
experiences, hear from students and meet with faculty and administrators.
Broadband Expansion Grant Workshops Announced
The Public Service Commission (PSC) announced that it is now accepting
applications for Broadband Expansion Grants for Fiscal Year 2017.
Applications are due June 16, 2016. Application instructions and additional
materials may be found at http://psc.wi.gov/utilityinfo/tele/broadband/grants/bbGrantApplicationPage.htm
They will take place at the following locations in the 17th Senate District:
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
In The 17th Senate District
Sen. Marklein visited with several residents of the 17th Senate District who are employed at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells as a part of the Board for People with Developmental Disabilities (BPDD) Take Your Legislator To Work Day.
Wisconsin Local Employment and Unemployment Estimates
*Source: Department of Workforce Development
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