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Prominent bills pass in state Senate

November 5th marked the last day of Floorperiod for 2009 in the State Senate. While committees will continue to meet and hold committee votes, the Legislature will not convene until January unless the Governor calls a special session. 1310A number of prominent bills moved through the State Senate, including:1310Assembly Bill 138, which would change the appointment process of the secretary of Natural Resources from a gubernatorial one to one appointed by the Natural Resources Board, was passed by a 21-11 vote. The bill is now before the Governor, having been concurred in as amended by the Senate to require the consent of the State Senate.1310Assembly Bill 258, which prohibits disposal of oil filters and oil absorbents into landfills. Having already passed the State Assembly, the bill is now before the Governor for his signature. As the lead Senate author of this bill, I am pleased that we are taking additional steps to prevent oil from entering our landfills and ultimately getting into our water supply. I have worked on this legislation for years, and believe new technologies make recycling oil filters and absorbents easier and more convenient.1310Senate Bill 244, which requires geographic representation on the University Of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Currently, 10 of the 14 appointed citizen regents reside in either Dane or Milwaukee County. This legislation would break the state up into 7 geographical regions, and require that at least one member of the 14 members reside in each region of the state by 2015. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I believe geographical representation is important on the Board of Regents. The bill is now before the Governor, as it already passed the State Assembly 59-34.1310A number of bills intended to make Wisconsin eligible for the Presidents 34Race to The Top34 education funding were passed in the Senate as well. You can learn more about the bills from this session here:

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB138hst.html Assembly Bill 138

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB244hst.html Senate Bill 244

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB258hst.html Assembly Bill 258

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB370hst.html Senate Bill 370

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB371hst.html Senate Bill 371

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/sb372hst.html Senate Bill 372

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/sb373hst.html Senate Bill 373

Prominent bills pass in state Senate

November 5th marked the last day of Floorperiod for 2009 in the State Senate. While committees will continue to meet and hold committee votes, the Legislature will not convene until January unless the Governor calls a special session. 1310A number of prominent bills moved through the State Senate, including:1310Assembly Bill 138, which would change the appointment process of the secretary of Natural Resources from a gubernatorial one to one appointed by the Natural Resources Board, was passed by a 21-11 vote. The bill is now before the Governor, having been concurred in as amended by the Senate to require the consent of the State Senate.1310Assembly Bill 258, which prohibits disposal of oil filters and oil absorbents into landfills. Having already passed the State Assembly, the bill is now before the Governor for his signature. As the lead Senate author of this bill, I am pleased that we are taking additional steps to prevent oil from entering our landfills and ultimately getting into our water supply. I have worked on this legislation for years, and believe new technologies make recycling oil filters and absorbents easier and more convenient.1310Senate Bill 244, which requires geographic representation on the University Of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Currently, 10 of the 14 appointed citizen regents reside in either Dane or Milwaukee County. This legislation would break the state up into 7 geographical regions, and require that at least one member of the 14 members reside in each region of the state by 2015. As a co-sponsor of this legislation, I believe geographical representation is important on the Board of Regents. The bill is now before the Governor, as it already passed the State Assembly 59-34.1310A number of bills intended to make Wisconsin eligible for the Presidents 34Race to The Top34 education funding were passed in the Senate as well. You can learn more about the bills from this session here:

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB138hst.html Assembly Bill 138

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB244hst.html Senate Bill 244

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB258hst.html Assembly Bill 258

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB370hst.html Senate Bill 370

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB371hst.html Senate Bill 371

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/sb372hst.html Senate Bill 372

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/sb373hst.html Senate Bill 373