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Senate Session Floor Period Continues

Senate Session Floor Period Continues

The Senate continued its winter floor period on Tuesday, March 2nd and passed several pieces of legislation. Among the bills the Senate passed are:

Senate Bill 418: would require health care providers to publicly post good-faith median cost and out-of-pocket expense estimates for the top 25 most common procedures. Hospitals would be required to provide a copy of this information to consumers upon request at no cost.

Senate Bill 431: individuals or institions that knowingly create or use fake academic credentials that use terms “college” or “university” would be subject to penalties under this legislation.

Senate Bill 458: local municipalities, the University of Wisconsin System, and professional sports teams could establish ticket re-sale zones under Senate Bill 458. This legislation is in response to aggressive ticket scalpers who have pulled patrons out of normal ticket lines and sold unsuspecting sports fans phony tickets.

Assembly Bill 230: would allow law enforcement officials to view driver’s license photos through their computer system in cases of traffic stops and for criminal justice administration. Public dissemination of the photos or use as part of a photo lineup would continue to be prohibited.

Assembly Bill 579: fans and alumni of Marquette University could purchase a specialty license plate for their vehicles under this bill. Motorists are already able to purchase specialty plates promoting UW System institutions, including River Falls and Stout.

1310Senate Bills 418, 431, and 458 now head to the Assembly for consideration. Assembly Bills 230 and 579 have now passed both houses of the Legislature and go to the Governor.