Constituent ideas from across the 9th Senate District come to fruition
STATE CAPITOL – Six bills that were authored by Senator Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) were signed into law earlier this week at the Wisconsin State Capitol by Governor Scott Walker. With issue areas ranging from adoption to aviation, each bill represents a constituent idea that will improve our state’s laws.
“An important part of my job is to work on behalf of my constituents to advance their ideas through the legislative process. This is grassroots government in action,” Senator Leibham said.
Don Kiel, a constituent from Manitowoc, stated, “I contacted Senator Leibham last summer with hopes to change the law surrounding recreational aviation and private landing strips. I appreciate all the hard work Senator Leibham and his team have done to get Senate Bill (SB) 321 passed through the legislature and signed into law.”
Senate Bill (SB) 321 – Recreational Aviation
SB 321 allows a landowner to make his or her property available for recreational aircraft to use their private landing strip, while exempting the landowner from being held liable in case of an injury. Previously many private landing strip owners were unwilling to make their property available to pilots due to liability concerns. Other outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, picnicking, bicycling, horseback riding, hiking, snowmobiling, skiing, to name a few, are included in this type of exemption. Senator Leibham authored this bill with Representative Paul Tittl of Manitowoc.
Assembly Bill (AB) 581 – Rehoming of Adopted Children
Due to loopholes in current law, parents are currently able to give away their children without any oversight or vetting of the new home. AB 581 is an important first step to stop this problem. The bill prohibits advertising of children online, sets limits to the delegation of parental powers, and creates penalties for sending children illegally over state lines. The bill also sets forth a study committee that will look for additional solutions to this concerning issue.
AB 33 – Extending the Time Period for Counties to Seek Reimbursement from Prisoners
AB 33 extends the time limit that counties can seek reimbursement for certain prisoner costs from 12 months to 24 months. Extending the time period for counties to seek reimbursement increases the likelihood that fewer taxpayer dollars will be used to cover the cost of those who violated the law.
AB 743 – Operation of ATVs and UTVs on Highway Bridges
AB 743 allows all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and utility terrain vehicles (UTVs) to cross highway bridges with local government approval. AB 743 will help Wisconsin ATV and UTV riders legally pass from one trail to the next. Senator Leibham authored this bill along with Representative Howard Marklein of Spring Green on behalf of the Wisconsin ATV Association.
AB 556 – Keeping Contraband Out of Our Local Jails
This bill was a result of conversations with Sheboygan County Sheriff Todd Priebe and others about the growing problem of narcotics and other contraband being smuggled into county jails. Detainees had been subject to a strip search for felonies and certain misdemeanors, but a large population of detainees enter into our jails un-checked. Unfortunately, some individuals are aware of this situation and utilize the loopholes of current law to smuggle contraband into jails, impacting safety for both jail personnel and inmates. AB 556 closes this loophole to ensure that all adult detainees held at local jails could be strip searched, while keeping the privacy safeguards of current law.
SB 339 – Price of Class A Raffle Tickets
Previously state law set the maximum price for Class A raffle tickets at $100 per ticket. Many nonprofit organizations would like to offer higher value raffles and therefore potentially bring in more funds to help their organizations. SB 339 allows Class A raffle tickets to be sold for up to $500. This legislative idea came from a non-profit organization in Manitowoc that is currently dealing with this fundraising issue and was authored with Representative Tittl.
“I enjoy working with and for my constituents and was pleased to provide leadership on these legislative matters,” Senator Leibham said.