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Governor Signs Several Bills into Law

Governor Doyle signed several bills, which previously passed both houses of the Legislature, into law earlier this month. Among the bills signed recently into law are:

Act 148: specifies that a mother may breast-feed her child in any public or private place where the mother and child are otherwise authorized to be. Act 148 also prohibits anybody from interfering with a breastfeeding mother or directing a breastfeeding mother to an alternative location.

Act 149: creates the Physical Therapy Examining Board. Previously, the Physical Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board oversaw the standards of those practicing as physical therapists and was a division of the Medical Examining Board. Act 149 removes the association with the Medical Examining Board but does not change duties and responsibilities related to physical therapy oversight.

Act 150: prohibits companies from soliciting the purchase of goods or services by sending unsolicited checks or money orders. In other words, companies may not send out an unrequested document, like a check, whereby a person endorsing the check is now bound to purchase goods or services from the company as a condition of endorsement.

Act 157: allows for highway usage for agricultural purposes of Lightweight Utility Vehicles (LUVs), those weighing between 700 and 1,999 pounds. Registration is not required for LUVs, but a slow moving vehicle emblem and nighttime lighting requirements apply.

Act 170: I worked with Representative John Murtha (R-Baldwin) and Village of Elmwood officials on this law, which corrects a technical error in the Village’s TIF District 4.