Sen. Vukmir Praises Vote to Repeal State Prevailing Wage State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, applauded the inclusion of the repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law in the transportation budget package in Tuesday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing.
Senator Fitzgerald Commends Choice Performance on Annual Testing Early Wednesday, the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) released the statewide results of the Forward, ACT Plus Writing, and Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM) assessments administered during the 2016-17 school year. The results demonstrate that for the second consecutive year, the ACT scores of students in the Parental Choice Programs are outperforming their peers throughout Wisconsin, where statewide results held steady across the assessments.
PASSAGE: Senate Republican Statements on Budget Passage View all of the statements from Senate Republicans on the passage of the 2017-19 biennial state budget.
Nass - Senate Passes Foxconn Special Session Bill (1) "Today, I voted to create economic opportunities for the people of Wisconsin to bring a new high-tech industry to our state and nation."
Senator Craig Votes For Historic Jobs Opportunity Today, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) voted in favor of the Foxconn bill. The legislation is a package that will help bring the Foxconn Technology Group to Southeast Wisconsin, and along with it, an estimated 13,000 jobs, $10 billion in private investment, and $7 billion in annual economic impact on the Wisconsin economy.
Senator Stroebel - Foxconn is an Investment for our Future "New technology will be game changer for supply chain businesses."
Vukmir - Wisconsin Leads the Way with Foxconn “Wisconsinites have been calling on their elected officials to listen to them and put their interests first. The Foxconn deal is proof that we are listening, and we are — once again — getting things done."
Senator Kapenga Statement on Foxconn Vote State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following statement after the State Senate voted to pass Special Session AB 1, which would bring electronics manufacturer Foxconn to Wisconsin. The bill passed the Senate on a bi-partisan vote of 20-13.
Wanggaard Statement on Senate Passage of Foxconn Bill “This is a great day for Racine and Kenosha counties, and the entire state of Wisconsin. Today, we sent a message not just to Foxconn, but every other manufacturer of cutting-edge technology – Wisconsin should be your new home."
Nass - Senate Passes Foxconn Special Session Bill "Today, I voted to create economic opportunities for the people of Wisconsin to bring a new high-tech industry to our state and nation."
Olsen - Senate Approves Foxconn Deal Sen. Olsen released the following statement after the State Senate approved August 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 1, known as The Foxconn Bill."
Darling: Joint Committee on Finance Passes Budget Bill "We are proud that this budget will continue to move Wisconsin in the right direction. From day one, it was important to us to take the Governor's proposed budget and improve on it. Together, we have crafted a budget that puts Wisconsin working families first."
Darling Statement on JFC Passing Foxconn Bill "If I was in another state, I would say you were nuts if you didn't take this deal. Forty-nine other states wish they were Wisconsin right now because they know advanced manufacturing is the wave of the future. It's going to create a whole different dynamic for our state."
Marklein: Foxconn Bill Approved By the Joint Finance Committee State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) voted for the Special Session Assembly Bill (SSAB) 1 and Special Session Senate Bill (SSSB) 1, also known as the Foxconn Bill, as a member of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today.
Vukmir, Kuglitsch Author Bill to Reimburse Veterans for Full Tuition Costs “Those who serve our country deserve the certainty that we will keep our promises to them,” said Vukmir, whose son serves as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army. “When the state agrees to pay for undergraduate tuition for these brave men and women, under no circumstances should administrative glitches prevent that from happening.”
Darling: Sunset Clause Bill Gets Public Hearing On Tuesday, the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform held a public hearing on the Sunset Clause Bill authored by State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna). Our state currently has 19,067 chapters and 12,182 pages of red tape. Senator Darling says the bill will bring transparency to the rule making process.
Wanggaard: Statement on Joint Finance Action Relating to Opportunity Schools Program “The children and communities of Racine Unified deserve an excellent education system. They cannot wait forever for the district to turn things around."
Marklein Defends Rural Schools, Votes for Historic Increases for K-12 Education Funding State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) voted for the education omnibus motion as a part of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) today. The package includes historic increases to per pupil aid, flexibility for school districts, a Rural School Teacher Talent grant program and Mental Health Collaboration Grants.
LAB Releases Olsen-Requested Audit on King Veterans Home Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) today thanked the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau for their thorough review of the finances and operations at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. Senator Olsen requested an audit of King after hearing concerns about member care and staffing.
Tiffany: State Legislators Introduce Legislation to Eliminate Moratorium on Metallic Mining State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and State Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) introduced LRB 2652 that will eliminate the moratorium on nonferrous metallic mining in Wisconsin. LRB 2652, also known as The Mining for America Act, is the first step forward in guaranteeing our nation’s ability to manufacture while ensuring our long-term global economic independence.
Darling: Red Tape Study Shows Need for Sunset Clause Bill Wisconsin's administrative code has 12 times more words than the entire Harry Potter series. While the Harry Potter books are fiction, the state's administrative rules are having a very real effect on business. State Senator Alberta Darling says a new study shows why she is working to reform the rule process.
Darling: Bill Takes Aim at Milwaukee Gun Violence "Milwaukee is one of the state's primary economic and cultural engines. If we want to continue to grow Wisconsin we need to tackle the City's crime problem," said Darling, "This bill is an important step forward, making it easier for prosecutors to lock up violent criminals without infringing on the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens."
LeMahieu Applauds Signing of REINS Act Governor Scott Walker signed the “REINS Act” (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) into law at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. The federal REINS Act would require congressional approval of any federal regulation costing more than $100 million. Wisconsin is the first to pass a state version of the law. Act 57 was authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee).
Senator Stroebel: UW-System Should Reprioritize Resources On Thursday, University of Wisconsin officials suggested an increase to base funding is necessary for essential degrees related to Foxconn. Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the following statement.
Statement on Special Session Foxconn Bill and Inclusion of I-94 Funding “I want to thank Governor Walker and Foxconn for funding the rebuilding and expansion of I-94 North-South in the Foxconn special session bill."
Feyen: Wisconsin is Open for Business “The announcement that Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn will build a display factory in Wisconsin is a game changer for the entire Midwest. I applaud their decision to invest in our state."
Tiffany: Legislators Introduce Two More Bills in Homeowners’ of Bill of Rights Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake), Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville), and Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) introduced a package of private property rights legislation this morning. The Homeowners’ Bill of Rights represents a strong step forward in guaranteeing the rights of private property owners in Wisconsin.
Senate Republican Budget Proposal Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Finance Co-Chair Alberta Darling, Senate President Roger Roth, Senator Howard Marklein, Senator Devin LeMahieu, Senator Duey Stroebel, Senator Dan Feyen, and Senator Patrick Testin announced the Senate Republican Budget Proposal.
Legislative Republicans Propose DOT Reform Bill A large coalition of Legislative Republicans circulated legislation for cosponsorship which would fundamentally alter the way the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) delivers, finances, and administers state highway projects. This reform package will result in significant savings to taxpayers which is a must-have component of a long-term path to fund Wisconsin roads.
Senator Craig’s Statement on Milewski v. Dover Decision “The Supreme Court’s decision today is a clear affirmation of individual property rights and due process rights here in Wisconsin. I am pleased that Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald were vindicated in exercising their statutory and constitutional rights."
JFC Chairs Hail Medicaid Savings On Thursday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), the Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding savings in the Medicaid budget projected by the Department of Health Services.
‘Ruff’ Burden on Law Enforcement Removed by Cowles/Jacque Bill Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) released the following statement after Assembly Bill 58 was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker during a visit to the Green Bay Police Department today.
Wanggaard: Legislators Unveil “Data-Distracted Driving” Bill “Data-distracted driving goes far beyond just mere texting, and it can be just as dangerous as drunk driving,” said Wanggaard. “You see it on the roads all the time, people texting, tweeting, using Facebook, or reading email. It’s dangerous and has got to stop.”
Two Senator Kapenga Bills Become Law Today, two bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), were signed by Governor Walker.
Cowles Bill to Protect Consumers at the Pump Passes the Full Legislature Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of 2017 Senate Bill 133 which combats credit card skimmers. This compliments the unanimous decision of the Senate to pass the bill during their regular session on June 14th, and the bill now goes to the Governor to be signed into law. Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released this statement on the bill’s passage.
Cowles Bill Provides Hope for Access to Clean Water Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) released this statement on the Assembly passing 2017 Assembly Bill 226, named the Clean Water Access Bill, during regular session today.
Statement by Senator Frank Lasee on 2017 Wisconsin Act 16 Becoming Law "“2017 Wisconsin Act 16 puts Wisconsin insurance companies in the same position as other out of state insurance companies. This law allows their surplus lines insurance to be sold in Wisconsin. This legislation is going to allow those Wisconsin companies to hire more employees in Wisconsin instead of moving to another state."
Governor Walker Signs Bipartisan Vukmir, Kolste Pharmacy Bill Into Law Gov. Scott Walker signed a bipartisan bill into law Wednesday by Sens. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, and LaTonya Johnson, D–Milwaukee, and Reps. Debra Kolste, D–Janesville, and John Nygren, R–Marinette, which will allow pharmacists to issue emergency refills in cases when a prescribing authority can’t be reached.
Senators' Statement on Highway 23 Ruling Area legislators Senators Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) and Representatives Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth), Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg), and Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) issued the following statement.
Fitzgerald, Vos Respond to SCOTUS Decision to Hear Gill v. Whitford "Wisconsin lawmakers have maintained that our state’s redistricting process and legislative maps are legal and constitutional, and we look forward to the Court’s final decision which we are confident will affirm our position.”
Eight Bills Authored by Senator Kapenga Advance Yesterday, both the Senate and the Assembly convened to take up legislation. Eight bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) were considered by legislators.
Sen. Howard Marklein’s Statement on Passage of the Cookie Bill “There is good news for home bakers in Wisconsin! The cookie bill passed the state senate!"
Vukmir: Senate Passes Bill to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts Violent criminals who repeatedly steal vehicles will be held accountable under a bill passed by Wisconsin Senate Republicans, authored by Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, and Representative Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin.
Cowles: Skimmers Bill Sees Success on the Senate Floor “I have authored Senate Bill 133 to protect consumers and punish criminals. This bill will combat credit card skimmers in Wisconsin by providing law enforcement and prosecutors the tools required to stop criminals before they place skimmers and to punish them if they steal financial data."
Senate Passes Bill to Transfer Ownership of White Mound County Park in Sauk County “Sauk County has developed White Mounds County Park into a valuable asset for the county,” Marklein said. “As they look toward the future and new investments, it makes sense for the state to sell the property back to them to give the county full ownership of the land on which they plan to spend additional county funds.”
Senator Craig Introduces Zero-Based Budgeting Process On Monday, State Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) circulated a bill to reinstate the base budget review process. This requires state agencies to submit a report of every dollar and program they administer to be reviewed by the legislature.
Vukmir Pushes Eliminating Personal Property Tax “Eliminating the personal property tax, and onerous reporting requirements will encourage growth and business investment in our communities.”
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to Assembly Education Press Conference We will continue to look for ways to support low spending districts, but a proposal that raises property taxes and picks winners and losers within our school districts is a move away from the position of both the Governor and the Senate Republican caucus.
Marklein: Governor Signs Bill to Make Cheese Wisconsin’s State Dairy Product Cheese just earned a place of honor among Wisconsin’s state symbols as the official State Dairy Product. Senator Howard Marklein, Representative Todd Novak and Governor Scott Walker joined the fourth graders of Mineral Point Elementary school to sign Assembly Bill (AB) 73 into Act 8.
Marklein: State Parks Given Tools to Continue Growing in State Budget State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) moved Budget Motion #313 as a part of the Joint Finance Committee’s (JFC’s) Executive Session today to continue providing tools and flexibility to the state park system including funding for maintenance and improvements, raising the overall cap on electrical campsites and allowing the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to increase fees commensurate with demand.
Darling: UW-System Budget Invests in Wisconsin's Future Thanks to the efforts of Republicans, Wisconsin is making one of the largest investments ever in higher education. On Thursday, the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance approved an additional $36 million, bringing the state's total investment to more than $1.1 billion per year. State Senator Alberta Darling says it is a wise investment.
Nass: Continues to Fight to Cut UW System Tuition, Lower Property Taxes and Block Transportation Tax Increases Senator Nass released the following statement regarding various provisions of the biennial budget.
Darling Announces Listening Sessions Senator Darling will hold listening sessions on Saturday, May 20th at the following locations and times.
Darling: "Wisconsin Certified" Wisconsin is one of the top ten states in the nation for business. The strong reputation of Wisconsin's workers and businesses can give consumers more confidence in who they choose to hire.
Cowles: Audit Notes WEDC Improvements and Makes Additional Recommendations Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its third biennial audit (report 17-9) of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is the State’s leading economic development organization. In fiscal year (FY) 2015-16, WEDC administered 34 economic development programs that provided grants, loans, tax credits and other assistance to businesses, individuals, local governments, and other organizations.
Kapenga: Legislation to Review Occupational Licenses Introduced Today, State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), along with Senator Alberta Darling (RRiver Hills) and Representatives Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), introduced a bill to conduct a review of Wisconsin’s occupational licenses and to establish guidelines for review of proposed licenses.
Wanggaard Calls on Milwaukee to Reverse Anti-Veteran Move Senator Van Wanggaard is urging the city of Milwaukee to restore veterans’ preference points for hiring police officers and firefighters. Last month, the Milwaukee Police and Fire Commission (PFC) reduced the preference given to disabled veterans by at least 80%, decreasing the likelihood they will be hired for open positions in the Milwaukee police and fire departments.
Marklein: State Legislators Ask Congressional Delegation for an Opportunity to Revise Wisconsin’s Phosphorus Standards Thirty-one members of the Wisconsin State Legislature have signed a letter asking Wisconsin’s Congressional Delegation to find a way to revise Wisconsin’s phosphorus standards that are part of the federal Clean Water Act.
Darling: Sunsetting Bill Shines Light on Red Tape "With how quickly technology and the marketplace change, we can't keep doing things the same way just because that's the way we've always done it," Darling said, "Adding sunset clauses to entire chapters of rules will make sure they stay relevant with our fast-changing world."
Marklein: Rural Broadband Expansion Funding Folded Into State Budget “I have been working on Rural Broadband Expansion for the better part of two years. Expanding broadband to the rural parts of our state is one of my top priorities,” Marklein said. “These bi-partisan bills are good policy and widely supported. Unfortunately, political games have killed these bills on the Senate floor twice.”
Cowles: Highway Project Accountability Bill Passes the Senate “With Senate Bill 85 passing the Senate, we are one step closer to further accountability and transparency in our transportation design and construction. The audit revealed an unacceptable trend of under-estimating the cost of major highway projects during enumeration, and today’s unanimous approval of the bill proves that my colleagues and I are serious about ensuring full cost estimates when conducting business with taxpayer dollars.”
Cowles: Highway Project Accountability Bill Advances in the Legislature “I am pleased to say that both the Senate Committee on Transportation and Veterans Affairs and the Assembly Committee on Transportation have recommended this bill for passage. The Audit Bureau, through utilizing their team of experts, undertook one of the largest audits in recent history. This is a shining example of an audit being put into action. I call on my colleagues in both houses to bring this bill to the floor.”
Vukmir, Jarchow Author Strong Proposal to Protect Speech at Universities and Tech Schools Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, and Rep. Adam Jarchow, R– Balsam Lake, introduced a bill Wednesday that would ensure free speech protections for students and faculty at ALL public higher education institutions in Wisconsin.
Marklein: Cheese is One Step Closer to Becoming Official State Dairy Product Cheese is one step closer to becoming Wisconsin’s State Dairy Product. Assembly Bill 73 authored by Representative Todd Novak (Dodgeville) and Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) following a presentation by 4th graders at Mineral Point Elementary, passed the State Senate today. The bill is now before Governor Scott Walker who is expected to sign it into law.
Fitzgerald: Senate Advances HOPE Bills, Administrative Rules Changes “I was thrilled that the Senate had another productive, bipartisan session, during which we tackled a number of important issues facing the state of Wisconsin."
LeMahieu: REINS Act Passes the Senate Today, the “REINS Act” (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) passed the State Senate. The Bill, Senate Bill 15, was authored by Senator LeMahieu and Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee). In response, Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) issued the following statement.
Darling: Rules Review Will Clear-up Clutter, Confusion Government red tape can create headaches for taxpayers and business owners, but it can be even worse when outdated rules create confusion and extra expenses. A new bill authored by Senator Alberta Darling, Senator Steve Nass, and Representative Joan Ballweg aims to eliminate the clutter in our state's administrative rules and make sure rules are fair, accurate, and clear.
Fitzgerald Applauds WHEDA Efforts to Combat Dairy Crisis Today, Governor Scott Walker announced that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will amend the terms of their loan guarantees to dairy farmers and processors in order to provide more favorable repayment and collateral terms to farmers and increased guarantees for producers at lower fees. The improved terms will be effective immediately and are intended to help Wisconsin dairy producers and processors access much-needed capital to address current market conditions.
Marklein Takes a Stand and Votes “No” on Stewardship Purchase On Monday, April 24, 2017, Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) voted “no” on a Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Stewardship Program purchase of 990.55 acres in Dunn County from Northern States Power Company as presented to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC). The request passed the JFC with a vote of 13-2. The JFC approved $1,898,000 or $1,900 per acre and $16,000 appraisal costs.
Fitzgerald: State Lawmakers Launch Dialogue with Canada on Dairy Trade “I am disappointed that the representatives of the Canadian government have not demonstrated the sense of urgency that we in Wisconsin feel about the crisis impacting so many of our local dairy farms. We know how critical this situation is for a huge number of Wisconsin families and we will continue to press the Canadian representatives until we receive a satisfactory explanation for this shift in their trade policy."
Vukmir PLA Neutrality Bill Signed Into Law “Finally, government will no longer be able to deliberately alienate qualified workers from participating in the bidding process for government projects in Wisconsin. State and local officials should not discriminate against contractors simply because they do not have pre-negotiated deals with labor unions."
Fitzgerald Responds to Dairy Crisis Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement urging Wisconsin farmers to contact the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Farm Center for assistance as the situation progresses.
Darling Bills Target Homelessness On Wednesday, State Senator Alberta Darling unveiled four bills with the Assembly GOP to help get the homeless off the street and onto a pathway of success. Senator Darling says the homeless crisis can't be solved with just shelters.
Vukmir & Sanfelippo Call for Justice System Overhaul State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, and State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin, held a press conference in West Allis highlighting the importance of their Victim Prevention Package, with a primary goal of removing violent offenders from our streets.
Sen. Testin and Rep. Goyke Introduce Bi-partisan Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017 Wisconsin has a strong tradition of military service and agricultural excellence. Now, a bi-partisan group of legislators is trying to bring the two traditions together with the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017.
Senator Stroebel Organizes Town Halls across 20th Senate District Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) announced a tour of town hall meetings across the 20th Senate District. The senator has invited area representatives to participate in the conversations on the upcoming state budget.
Fitzgerald Responds to WEC Energy Rate Freeze Announcement “I was thrilled to hear that WEC Energy has reached a settlement that would freeze all customer base rates for the next two years. Utilities costs can represent a large portion of residential and commercial budgets and an agreement to hold rates at the current level is a win for Wisconsin businesses and residents alike."
Fitzgerald: Senate Advances High Capacity Wells Bill “Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is an 88 billion dollar component of our state’s economy that supports over 400,000 jobs. High capacity wells are integral to these farming operations and legislative action is badly needed in order to provide clarity on this issue."
Nass: Senate Advances High Capacity Wells Bill Today the Wisconsin Senate advanced Senate Bill 76, to relating to the replacement, reconstruction and transfer of an approved high capacity well. Senator Nass released a statement in support of the legislation.
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to UW - Oshkosh Allegations Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released an article detailing new and troubling allegations in the ongoing story of the inappropriate relationship between The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation and Chancellor Richard Wells. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.
Senator Cowles Statement on the Death of Ashwaubenon Village President Mike Aubinger “I’m terribly saddened to learn about the death of Mike Aubinger. The Village of Ashwaubenon was fortune to have Mike serve for nearly eight years as a strong community advocate and a great leader."
Marklein: Joint Finance Committee Rejects Stewardship Land Purchase On Monday, March 27, 2017, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) rejected a $346,045 Knowles-Nelson Stewardship grant to fund half the cost of 102.5 acres of land in Dane County known as the Nelson tract. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had previously paid the current owner $207,000 for a conservation easement on the property.
Nass: Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee Action on SB-76 Today the Senate Labor and Regulatory Reform Committee approved Senate Bill 76 relating to the replacement, reconstruction, and transfer of an approved high capacity well.
Senator David Craig Releases the “Right to Carry Act” Today, Senator David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Representative Mary Felzkowski (R-Irma) along with 39 co-authors released the “Right to Carry Act”, which simplifies Wisconsin law and expands the rights of law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a license.
Stroebel Calls on Milwaukee Public Schools to Serve Students Equally Yesterday, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty sued the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) on behalf of Saint Joan Antida (SJA), a private school choice high school. MPS refuses busing rights to dozens of students from the high school. Senator Duey Stroebel (RCedarburg) released the following statement.
Senator Cowles, Representative Summerfield to introduce legislation to tackle Credit Card Skimmer Today, in a move to tackle the ever growing crime spree of credit card skimmers being used to steal credit card information and commit identity theft, Senator Robert Cowles (RGreen Bay) and Representative Rob Summerfield (R-Bloomer), circulated for co-sponsorship, LRB-1322 and LRB-2426. This legislation will modernize and update Wisconsin law to criminalize the possession, trafficking and use of these devices in our state.
Senator Craig Authors Bill to Place Inspector General in the DOT “Placing an investigator inside the DOT will ensure that the legislature plays a more active role in rooting out waste, fraud, abuse, and inefficiency in government. The latest audit of the DOT made clear we need a proactive oversight arm within this agency"
Wisconsin Senate Republicans ask U.S. Senators for vote on Neil Gorsuch for SCOTUS Fifteen Wisconsin Senate Republicans on Tuesday called on U.S. Senators Ron Johnson, R–Wisconsin, and Tammy Baldwin, D–Wisconsin, to quickly act on President Donald J. Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Neil Gorsuch.
Stroebel Bills Pass the Wisconsin State Senate Today, the Wisconsin State Senate passed two bills (SB 12 & SB 51) authored by Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg). Additionally, the chamber passed a constitutional amendment (SJR 3) to eliminate the office of the Wisconsin State Treasurer.
Senator Craig Reacts to Justice Thomas’ Statement on Civil Asset Forfeiture ”The reasons leading Justice Thomas to cast doubt on modern civil asset forfeiture practices exist under Wisconsin law and shows the urgency with which the Wisconsin Legislature must work to reform our civil asset forfeiture practices. My legislation, Senate Bill 61, would reform this practice to restore the protections guaranteed by the Constitution. Yesterday, I believe Justice Thomas made clear that we must fix forfeiture if our statute is to endure future judicial review.”
Feyen: Constitutional Amendment Resolution to Eliminate the Office of State Treasurer Passes Senate Today, the State Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution 3, the constitutional amendment for a referendum to delete the office of Wisconsin State Treasurer. Senator Feyen (R-Fond du Lac) released the following statement.
Senator Vukmir To Host Listening Session State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, will be hosting a listening session for the 5th Senate District on Tuesday, March 21, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Brookfield Public Safety Building, located at 2100 N. Calhoun Rd in Brookfield.
Stroebel, Cowles: Lawmakers Release “Ratepayers First” Proposal Today, four lawmakers circulated a bill (LRB 0600/1) that would require the Public Service Commission (PSC) to review Power the Future contracts at least every ten years. Under current law, Power the Future contracts are exempt from PSC review during rate cases causing some Wisconsin utility companies to have returns much larger than the state average.
Vukmir and Sanfelippo Propose Bill to Aid Local Law Enforcement State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Brookfield, and State Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, RNew Berlin, are reintroducing a bill that would expand Wisconsin’s Law Enforcement Officer Grant Program.
Senator Kapenga Circulates Article V Resolution Calling for a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution. “Article V of the Constitution gives the states an opportunity to counteract the federal government’s past fiscal irresponsibility that has resulted in nearly 20 trillion dollars in federal debt” said Senator Kapenga."
Senator Craig’s Statement on Lon Roberts’ Appointment as PSC Commissioner “DFI has been in good hands under Lon’s tenure as Secretary. The PSC is gaining a valuable asset. I am confident Lon’s knowledge and expertise will benefit ratepayers and taxpayers around the state and balance the interests of the regulated community."
Darling Venture Capital Bill Delivering for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs More Wisconsin start-ups will get off the ground thanks to a bill by State Senator Alberta Darling. In 2013, Senator Darling authored legislation to create the Badger Fund to invest in Wisconsin start-ups. Now a Wisconsin investment group says it will help start-ups get off the ground.
Wanggaard Statement on CBD Bill Assembly Committee Vote “Thank you to Chairman Kitchens and the Committee on Children and Families for quickly and unanimously passing Senate Bill 10 this morning. Along with hundreds of parents around the state, I look forward to the full Assembly passing the CBD possession bill next month.”
Darling: Milwaukee Crime Solutions Start at Home "I worked with Mayor Barrett and Chief Flynn to target a very small sliver of the problem," Darling said, "They both know one bill won't change the fact that prosecutors and judges are letting criminals off the hook."
Senator Kapenga Statement on WisDOT Audit Hearing State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following statement after the Joint Legislative Audit Committee heard testimony regarding the audit of the State Highway Program within the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Statement by Senator Frank Lasee praises Governor Walker’s Announcement of Brown County STEM Innovation Center Funding “The Brown County STEM Innovation Center will bring together professors, teachers, researchers and business leaders from all over Northeastern Wisconsin with the shared goals of creating a place to foster students’ interests in science and help create and support high-tech careers and businesses. The potential for this center is endless."
Vukmir, Ott Release Good Faith Bill Representative Jim Ott and Senator Leah Vukmir have introduced legislation requiring monies generated through the sale of Milwaukee Brewer License Plates be returned to the vehicle’s county of origin when the Miller Park District dissolves and the 0.1% stadium tax ceases to exist. Under current law, those dollars go to paying down Miller Park District’s debt.
Senator Howard Marklein Introduces Rural Broadband Bill To Increase Funding & Expand Assistance Programs State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) introduced LRB -2042/1, a collaborative rural broadband expansion bill today that is a combination of the proposal that was promoted by Governor Scott Walker on December 1, 2016 and recommendations made by the 2016 Study Committee on Rural Broadband, which he chaired in 2016.
Vukmir Project Labor Neutrality Bill Passes Senate “Senate Republicans took another positive step today toward freeing Wisconsinites from placating to the demands of those who believe only members of labor organizations should be considered to work on taxpayer-funded projects."
Wanggaard: Long-Awaited CBD Bill Easily Passes the State Senate Senate Bill 10, a law allowing people to possess Cannabidiol (CBD Oil) without fear of prosecution cleared the State Senate today, 31-1. CBD Oil, which does not provide a “high” has shown promise in treating seizure disorders, especially among children.
Fitzgerald: Senate Continues to Lead on Labor Reforms "I am thrilled that the Senate has continued to lead on labor reforms in Wisconsin. From the passage of Right to Work to the repeal of the prevailing wage for local governments, we have taken great strides in encouraging open markets and removing government policies that artificially drive up costs."
Senator Feyen Excited Oshkosh Chosen for Bucks’ D-League Team “This is wonderful news for the City of Oshkosh,” said Senator Feyen, “It’s great to see Oshkosh repurpose the old Buckstaff property, which had become an quite an eyesore over the years.”
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to 2017 Budget Address "While I am thrilled that recent projections have demonstrated that Wisconsin is on strong financial footing going into this budget, I plan to exercise caution in determining how to allocate these resources to ensure that we remain responsible fiscal stewards."
Senator Feyen Eager to Work on Budget “The governor’s budget is a great starting point, and now it’s time for us in the legislature to take a look at it, and I’m eager to get started and to take a deeper dive into the budget and do what I can do to address my priorities.” Feyen said. “ I want to ensure we have adequate funding for our schools; that we address closing the skills gap, and I’m committed to finding a permanent solution to our transportation fund. “
Stroebel: Strong Reforms are Key to Moving Wisconsin "Wisconsin needs to continue to lead our country in passing strong reforms. When I ran for the Senate, I campaigned on repealing the prevailing wage. I am thankful for Governor Walker’s full repeal of the antiquated law."
Statement by Senator Frank Lasee on Governor Walker’s Budget Address “Governor Walker’s 2017-19 State Budget reflects the improved economic environment in Wisconsin and lays the groundwork continuing our improvements. With the unemployment rate at a 15 year low, one of the nation’s highest percentages of people working, and $4.7 billion taxes cut over the past six years, the Governor’s 2017-19 Budget proposal supports working families in Wisconsin."
Sen. LeMahieu Statement on Governor Walker’s Budget Address “Governor Walker’s 2017-19 budget continues to build on past reforms. Key provisions include: nearly $600 million in overall tax relief including eliminating the state portion of the property tax, investing more money in public education, and increased funding for local roads.”
Olsen: 2017-19 Budget is Investing in Education “Knowing education is the economic driver in our state, I believe the increase in funding to education is the best long term investment we can make in the 2017-19 budget.”
Statement by Senator Tom Tiffany Regarding the 2017-19 Budget Address “I am excited to hear many of Governor Walker’s 2017-19 biennial budget priorities. I share many of these priorities and I look forward to working on the budget as a member of the Joint Finance Committee."
Senator Craig Responds to Governor Walker’s Budget Address “I am encouraged by nearly $600 million in tax and fee reductions along with substantive welfare reforms, the repeal of prevailing wage requirements for state projects, and regulatory relief like the REINS Act."
Senator Howard Marklein’s Statement on Governor Scott Walker’s Budget Address "It is important for all residents of Wisconsin to understand that the Governor’s plan is a starting point. We will begin analyzing this enormous document, meeting with state agencies and working with the residents we represent. In the end, we will craft a legislative version of the state budget."
Sen. Marklein Drafts Bill to Make Cheese Wisconsin’s State Dairy Product Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) recently drafted a bill to make Cheese the official State Dairy Product following a presentation by the 4th grade classes of Mrs. Lynn Ross, Mrs. Paige Grimm, and Mrs. Livia Doyle at Mineral Point Elementary School.
Senator Cowles to be Joined by Representatives Steffen, Steineke and Tauchen for District Listening Sessions Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representatives David Steffen (R-Green Bay), Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) and Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) are pleased to announce three upcoming listening sessions in Northeast Wisconsin. The Legislators invite all their constituents to express their opinions on state Legislative issues, including the budget or proposed legislation for the 2017-18 Legislative Session.
Sen. Craig Circulates Legislation Giving Local Governments Final Say in Roundabouts "Requiring the governing body of a municipality to approve the construction of a proposed roundabout is a commonsense measure because it is these local units of government that truly know their areas best. They know local traffic flows, the concerns of the people, business needs, and the types of traffic far better than Department of Transportation (DOT) bureaucrats in Madison."
Representative Jim Ott & Senator Alberta Darling Introduce Tougher OWI Penalties Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon), Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and the Tavern League of Wisconsin have joined forces to increase penalties for repeat drunk drivers and those who kill someone while drunk driving, introducing common sense measures that will deter repeat offenders and ultimately save lives.
Senator Cowles introduces the Leading on Lead Act Today, in a move to help communities eliminate lead from drinking water service lines, State Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) announced the circulation of the Leading on Lead Act to give local governments the flexibility to do so. LRB-1934 provides the opportunity for a water utility to provide financial assistance for replacing the lead service lines to someone’s home.
Sen. Wanggaard Letter to FBI Regarding Lincoln Hills Investigation "The claims of abuse and mistreatment at these facilities are deeply concerning to everyone, and me, personally, as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety. Unfortunately, to date, Wisconsin legislators are only aware of allegations that have been discovered by the press, or via lawsuit."
Roth: Commission Announces Centennial Kick-off Celebration “This year marks an important milestone for our state,” said Senator Roger Roth (RAppleton), Commission Co-Chair. “I would like to welcome visitors from around the state and nation to celebrate with us and witness the impressiveness of the Capitol for themselves.”
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State Highway Program Audit "I am confident that the DOT will take immediate steps to implement the recommendations of the Audit Bureau to improve its management of departmental resources, and I look forward to reviewing the recommendations for legislative actions that will help ensure greater accountability and efficiency moving forward.”
Cowles: Auditors Identify Potential Savings in the State Highway Program Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of the state highway program (report 17-2), which is administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT). DOT’s expenditures for state highways increased from $739.7 million in fiscal year (FY) 1996-97 to $2.1 billion in FY 2015-16. The audit also reports that the proportion of the 11,758 miles of Wisconsin’s state highways rated in good condition decreased steadily from 53.5 percent in 2010 to 41.0 percent in 2015.
Senator Stroebel: Tax Revenue Will Not Fix DOT Audit Problems Following the release of the Legislative Audit Bureau report on the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) responded...
Olsen: Audit Shows Need for Forward-Thinking Budget Planning Following the release of the Legislative Audit Bureau’s (LAB) audit on the State Highway Program, Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) expressed concern over the way cost estimates have been calculated by the Department of Transportation (DOT).
Darling Statement on DOT Audit On Thursday, the Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement regarding an audit of the Department of Transportation released by the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau.
Senator Kapenga Statement on WisDOT Audit State Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) released the following statement after the Legislative Audit Bureau released its long-awaited audit of the State Highway Program within the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
Sen. Cowles Supports Governor’s efforts to support Financial Stability Today, Governor Walker announced the “Wisconsin Works for Everyone” package at the Brown County offices in Green Bay. Expanding upon initiatives enacted into law by Governor Tommy Thompson in the 1990’s, the package aims to support those on public assistance towards financial stability and self-sustainability
Stroebel Supports to Governor Walker’s “Wisconsin Works for Everyone” Reforms Today, Governor Scott Walker released a framework to reform welfare in Wisconsin, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the following response after attending the morning’s event at ResCare in Milwaukee.
Darling Statement on Wisconsin Works for Everyone On Monday, the Co-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement regarding Wisconsin Works for Everyone.
Kapenga Statement on Governor Walker’s Welfare Reform Proposal This morning, Governor Walker announced his welfare reform budget initiative, “Wisconsin Works for Everyone.” Following the announcement, Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield), chair of the Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing, and State-Federal Relations, made the following statement.
Darling: Bipartisan Bill Takes Aim at Milwaukee Gun Crimes "This bill gives prosecutors more opportunities to take criminals off the street," Darling said, "We've worked together with local officials for months to find a bipartisan solution that will make Milwaukee safer."
Senator David Craig Authors Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Legislation “Civil asset forfeiture reform is an important step to ensure that no person is, ‘deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law’ as guaranteed by the 5th Amendment. Criminal justice policy should focus on punishing the convicted, not raising revenue. Our bill accomplishes that.”
Fitzgerald: Senate Opens Session with Bipartisan Jobs Bill Today the Wisconsin Senate met for the first floor period of the year and advanced the first legislation of the 2017-18 session. On the day’s calendar was Senate Bill 1, a tax incremental financing provision projected to create more than 100 jobs within Wisconsin.
Sen. Feyen Announces Listening Sessions Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt and Sen. Dan Feyen announced three listening sessions on Monday, February 6th, 2017.
Cowles: Report Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement in State Government to Legislative Audit Bureau Hotline Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its statutorily required Biennial Report (report 17-1) summarizing its work in 2015 and 2016. The report also highlights the activities of LAB’s Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline, which was established in April 2008 and provides the public, state employees, and contractors a way to confidentially report potential fraud, inefficiencies, abuse, and other improper activities in state agencies or programs.
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State of the State Address “Today’s address demonstrated Governor Walker’s continued commitment to the conservative principles that have defined Wisconsin under Republican leadership."
Vumkir: The State of Wisconsin is Working Following Gov. Scott Walker’s state of the state address Tuesday, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, issued the following statement.
Nass: Governor Walker's Call to Cut UW System Tuition Following Gov. Scott Walker’s state of the state address Tuesday, Senator Nass issued the following statement...
Senator Cowles Issues Statement on Governor Walker’s State of the State Address "Continued Focus on Workforce is Important to Wisconsin’s Economy."
Roth: Statement Following Governor Walker’s State of the State Address Senate President Roger Roth (R—Appleton) issued the following statement upon the conclusion of Governor Walker’s State of the State address.
Statement by Senator Frank Lasee on Governor Walker’s State of the State Address On Tuesday, State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), issued the following statement following Governor Walker’s 2017 State of the State address.
Stroebel Response to Governor Walker State of the State Address Following Governor Scott Walker’s annual State of the State Address, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the subsequent response...
Darling Calls for Federal Waiver to Help Workers Leave Welfare Programs The goal of welfare reform is to move people from dependency to independence. However, the safety net can sometimes be a snare to success. The loss of benefits, like child care subsidies, can stop people from seeking or accepting promotions or better jobs.
Sen. LeMahieu and Rep. Neylon Reintroduce “REINS Act” Today, Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) announced that they will be reintroducing the “REINS Act” (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) again this legislative session.
Senator Nass Appointed to Chair Three Committees Senator Nass announces his 2017-2018 committee assignments.
Senator Feyen Eager to Get to Work Following inaugural ceremonies at the Capitol on Tuesday, Senator Dan Feyen said he was excited and eager to get to work on behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin’s 18th Senate District.
Senator Stroebel Sworn-in to Second Term Today, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) was sworn-in to his second term to the State Senate representing the 20th District.
Fitzgerald Announces Committee Structure, Members Today, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau) announced his intention to make the following appointments and changes to the 2017-18 Joint and Senate Standing Committees to reflect changes in Senate membership
Senators Kapenga and Stroebel Support Governor Walker’s No Tax Increase Plan "If special interests and some Madison politicians have their way, the Wisconsin gas tax, which is already one of the highest in the nation, could nearly double. For months there has been an effort to convince Wisconsinites that the transportation fund needs a permanent infusion of cash on the backs of regular people."
LeMahieu Statement on Potential Presidential Recount "LeMahieu: Russia Did Not Steal Wisconsin Election."
Stroebel: Liberal Complaint, UW Policy Says Conservatives Should Not Have Invited Public to Event For weeks, the Young Americans for Freedom at UW – Madison have been meticulously planning an event with conservative commentator and New York Times Best Selling Author Ben Shapiro. In recent days, the campus conservatives have come under attack from ultra-left agitators.
Darling Named Budget Co-Chair State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) will return as co-chair of the state's budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance.
Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader Today the incumbent and newly elected members of the Wisconsin State Senate Republican caucus met to elect leadership for the upcoming legislative session. This is the seventh time he has been selected to lead the Republican caucus.
Senator Roger Roth Elected to Serve as Senate President State Senator Roger Roth (R—Appleton) was selected by his fellow members of the Senate Republican Caucus to serve as Senate President for the upcoming 2017-2018 legislative session, which begins in January. The Senate President is the presiding officer of the Wisconsin State Senate.
Sen. Howard Marklein Elected President Pro Tempore of the Wisconsin State Senate State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) was elected to serve as President Pro Tempore by his colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate today.
State’s Largest Police Association Names Van Wanggaard Legislator of the Year Last week, the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA) announced that Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) had earned one of two “WPPA Legislators of the Year" awards.
Roth: Wisconsin Veteran-Owned Business Logotypes Unveiled Today at a stakeholder conference and business symposium the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) unveiled the logotypes to be used by certified Veteran-Owned and Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses to promote and brand themselves in Wisconsin.
Fitzgerald: Senate Seeks 2017 Scholars Applications are now being accepted for 2017 Wisconsin Senate Scholars, an intensive program with a select group of students from throughout the state who are invited to the Capitol for a hands-on learning experience within the State Legislature.
Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling Regarding Improvement by Milwaukee Public Schools On Wednesday, the co-chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling issued the following statement regarding improvement in the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS).
Senator Fitzgerald Mourns Passing of Senator Gudex Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement regarding the announcement of the passing of 18th District Senator Rick Gudex.
Wanggaard Statement on Passing of Senator Gudex “Please hold Senator Rick Gudex, his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Rick was a good senator, and an even better person. Wisconsin has lost a champion today. He will be missed.”
Marklein Statement on Passing of Senator Gudex State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement on the passing of State Senator Rick Gudex.
State Senator Luther Olsen Mourns Death of Rick Gudex Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) released the following statement today after hearing of the untimely death of Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac).
Senator Cowles’s Statement on the Passing of Senator Rick Gudex “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Rick Gudex. He was a good friend and colleague here in the Wisconsin State Senate."
Senator Stroebel Statement on Passing of Senator Rick Gudex Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) released the following statement on the passing of Senator Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac).
Senator Roth Statement on the Passing of Senator Rick Gudex State Senator Roger Roth (R—Appleton) issued the following statement regarding the announcement of the passing of Senator Rick Gudex.
Vukmir Statement on Passing of Senator Gudex Vukmir Statement on Passing of Senator Gudex MADISON, Wis. — Upon hearing the news of the passing of state Sen. Rick Gudex, R–Fond du Lac, Senate Assistant Majority Leader Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, issued the following statement.
Stroebel: Salmon Fishing Remains a Priority in Wisconsin “People from all over the country come to Port Washington for a day on Lake Michigan. The Lake Michigan fishery is among the most active for Chinook, Coho, Rainbow Trout and other desired game fish. For the past several months, I have been working directly with stakeholders in my district and representatives of the Wisconsin DNR."
Cowles: Brown County, Municipalities to Receive Additional $534,000 from Lambeau Sales Tax Revenues Brown County and its municipalities will receive an additional $534,185 from Lambeau Sales Tax returns. In the last Legislative Session, Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) authored Senate Bill 233,signed into law, which returned over $17.6 million in excess stadium sales tax revenue to Brown County and the encompassing municipalities.
State Senator Luther Olsen Statement on King Audit State Senator Luther Olsen issued the following statement following the Joint Legislative Audit Committee’s hearing and vote on his request for an audit of the Veteran’s Home at King.
Marklein Public Service Announcement: Headlights During Limited Visibility Enforced October 1, 2016 State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) issued an alert and reminder that a new state law requiring headlights during times of limited visibility will soon be enforced on Wisconsin’s roads.
Nass: Governor Walker Leads Again - No Tax Increase Transportation Budget "Governor Walker has kept his word by proposing a reasonable transportation budget that sets the right priorities and doesn't increase taxes or the registration fee."
Wanggaard: Statement on Governor Walker Delaying I-94 N-S Expansion - Again “On a snowy night 5 1/2 years ago, I was told that work on I-94 in Racine And Kenosha Counties would be prematurely halted so that work could start on the Zoo Interchange. I was promised at that time and repeatedly since that the I-94 N-S expansion would be completed in the 17-19 budget."
Senator Roth Lauds Commitment to 441 Project “I would like to thank Governor Walker for unveiling transportation plans in Neenah today that show his commitment to finish the 441 Tri-County construction project without delay."
Darling: Why Won't Milwaukee's Leaders Stand Up for Kids? Why Won't Milwaukee's Leaders Stand Up for Kids? Madison - Thousands of kids remain trapped in failing Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) while the city's leaders continue to ignore the problem.
Fitzgerald Joins AG Schimel in Announcing TAD Grant Recipients “Whether combating Wisconsin’s pervasive opiate epidemic or working to get drunk drivers off our roads, we need to tackle the problem of substance abuse at its roots by focusing on treatment,” said Fitzgerald.
Cowles: Co-Chairs of Audit Committee Support Audit of Veterans Home at King Joint Legislative Audit Committee Co-Chairs Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) pledged their support today to approve an audit of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King by the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB).
Olsen: Letter to Joint Audit Co-chairs Requesting Audit of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King "I write to request that the Joint Legislative Audit Committee direct the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) to conduct an audit of the operations of the Wisconsin Veterans Home at King. The LAB has not audited the veterans homes since 2011 (report 11-3), and several concerns specific to the home at King have been brought to my attention recently."
Vukmir: Democrats Mislead Wisconsinites on Education Funding Contrary to what Democrats are saying, when all state and local funding sources are considered, combined revenue is up $30 million or $65 per student since 2010-11, according to a more expansive Legislative Fiscal Bureau memo requested by Sen. Leah Vukmir (R–Brookfield).
Cowles: Letter to EPA Regarding Multi-discharge Variance Package "I want to thank the EPA in Region 5 for the time and dedication that has been spent reviewing, commenting and requesting modifications to the State of Wisconsin’s phosphorus multi- discharger variance package. The state has been patiently waiting for a determination from the agency since passage of the second Legislative Act in March of 2016."
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Dodge County Fair Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Dodge County Fair.
Kapenga: Pens Letter on BASE Act to Agency Heads "On July 25th, Governor Walker delivered his budget instructions to your respective agency. Within those instructions he outlined new requirements, per 2015 Wisconsin Act 201 (the BASE Act), of all agencies to review the state operations portion of their base budget and submit a proposal that keeps spending flat and reduces spending by five percent for the forthcoming biennium."
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Legislature Recognized for Democracy Education Wisconsin Senate Leaders Scott Fitzgerald and Jennifer Shilling today applauded the announcement that the Wisconsin Legislature has been named the recipient of the 2016 Kevin B. Harrington Award for Excellence in Democracy Education.
Sen. Nass: UW System Tuition Freeze Key Component of Next State Budget "Extending the UW System tuition freeze is a clear choice for legislators."
Cowles Returns Over 50% of Office Budget State Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) announced today that he and his staff will be returning over 50% of the balance of his legislative office account back to the state coffers.
Stroebel: New Revenue is not the Answer on Transportation Budget Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the following statement regarding Joint Finance Committee Chairman John Nygren’s desire to raise Wisconsinites’ tax bill.
Tiffany: Great Lakes Wolf Summit Registration and Speakers Announced “Registration for the Great Lakes Wolf Summit begins today and is open to the public. The summit will bring together concerned citizens, policy makers and sportsmen from Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin to discuss wolf management. It is time to return wolf management to the states.”
Marklein: Letter to Natural Resources Board Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Legislators reach out to the Natural Resources Board with concerns about the upcoming August meeting agenda.
Wanggaard: Racine Selected to Pilot Drunk Driving Program “This is a promising tool which should reduce drunk driving and potentially other crimes.”
Wanggaard: Statement on Events in Dallas I ask that everyone pray for the officers’ families who gave their lives to protect the rights of others.
Darling, Knodl Honor Brown Deer's "All-America City" Award Two local lawmakers are honoring the Village of Brown Deer's "All-America City" award.
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Jefferson County Fair Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Jefferson County Fair.
Darling Statement on Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program On Wednesday, the C0-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement regarding the Opportunity Schools and Partnership Program.
Stroebel: Local Road Experts Agree Limiting Federal Regulations Saves Money Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) has been committed to finding efficiencies in Wisconsin’s road building efforts by working directly with county officials.
Tiffany: Location, Date, and Time Announced for Great Lakes Wolf Summit Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) have announced additional details for the Great Lakes Wolf Summit.
Stroebel: Governor Walker is Showing Real Leadership on DOT Funding Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the following statement on Governor Walker’s letter to DOT Secretary Gottlieb asking for the department’s budget by September 15.
Fitzgerald: Democrats' Red Herring Attack on School Choice "Yes, you’re reading that right. Less than three percent of total state spending on schools goes to Wisconsin’s choice program—and this figure doesn’t even include federal aid, which only goes to public schools."
Vukmir: Supreme Court Affirms Milwaukee May No Longer Enforce Its Residency Requirement Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) issued the following statement after the Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed the 1st District Appeals Court decision, ruling Thursday that Milwaukee cannot force its employees to reside in the city.
Senator Harsdorf Statement on Death of Secretary Kitty Rhoades “The sudden loss of Secretary Kitty Rhoades saddens me deeply. Kitty was a friend to many, a tenacious servant to her constituents as she served the 30th Assembly District, and her constituencies within the aging, long term care, and disability communities."
Senator Leah Vukmir: Statement on the Passing of Kitty Rhoades Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) issued the following statement on the passing of Department of Health Secretary Kitty Rhoades, former member of Wisconsin’s 30th Assembly district.
Darling: Authors of Turnaround Schools Say MPS Can't Obstruct Law On Friday, State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Dale Kooyenga issued the following statement regarding the latest attempt by the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) to obstruct state law/
Darling: Republican Lawmakers Allocate Funding for Voter Education On Monday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and StateRepresentative John Nygren (R-Marinette), Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, released the following statement regarding the committee's decision to allocate additional funding for voter education.
Darling Statement on Family Care On Friday, the C0-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement regarding the future of the state's Family Care program.
Stroebel: UW Should Focus on Best and Brightest High School Students Senator Duey Stroebel issued the following statement in light of UW System President Ray Cross requested funding increases for the Wisconsin Grant program:
Sen. Tiffany, Rep. Jarchow. Roll out 'Homeowners' Bill of Rights.' During a press conference on Wednesday, Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) rolled out their initiative called the “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights.” The press conference was held on the land of Dave Meixner, whose property is at risk of being taken in the name of eminent domain.
Senator Fitzgerald Applauds Agreement on CVSOs "I look forward to the ongoing dialogue between these parties to ensure that we continue to best serve those who have served our country.”
Sen. Stroebel Applauds Secretary Gottlieb’s No New Tax Sentiment Stroebel calls for full prevailing wage repeal and fed-swap.
Darling: Republicans Protect Crucial Jobs Program On Thursday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, released the following statement regarding the Skills Enhancement Program.
Tiffany: Enough Is Enough State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Representative Adam Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake) announce plans to host Great Lakes Wolf Summit.
Senator LeMahieu Condemns Court Ruling on Highway 23 Expansion On Friday, Eastern District Judge Lynn Adelman denied the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration’s motion to reinstate the Highway 23 expansion project. In response, Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) released the following statement.
Fitzgerald, Jagler Announce Study Committee on Rural Fire Fighters, Emergency Responders Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Representative John Jagler announced the recent approval of a Legislative Council Study Committee to examine rural and volunteer fire fighters and emergency response personnel.
JFC Co-Chairs: UW System Tenure Policy Remains Largely Unchanged Wednesday, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (RMarinette), Co-Chairs of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, released the following statement addressing concerns regarding the UW System’s updated tenure policy.
Stroebel: Governor Walker Signs Two Bills in West Bend Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) joined Governor Scott Walker at the Old Courthouse in West Bend as the governor signed two key bills in fighting substance abuse. Act 388 (Assembly Bill 657) increases funding for Treatment Alternatives and Diversion programs (TAD) by $2 million.
Nass: No Confidence Vote Proves Greater Reforms of UW System Urgently Needed Senator Nass, Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Universities and Technical Colleges, issued the following statement.
Lasee’s Private Property Rights Package Becomes Law Today, State Senator Frank Lasee’s (R-De Pere) Property Rights Package, SB 459/AB 582, was signed into law by Governor Walker. The bills, which clarify and expand the rights of private property owners were signed at De Keyser Construction in Humboldt (SB 459) and J & S General Contracting in Osceola (AB 582).
Governor Signs Senator Petrowski’s Veterans Grant Bills Today, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 418 and Senate Bill 419, both authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and passed unanimously by the Wisconsin Legislature. The bills will put two new grant programs into place to help create better outcomes for nonprofit organizations serving veterans, and veterans employment and entrepreneurship.
Senator Stroebel Announces Spring Town Hall Schedule Keeping his commitment to remain responsive to his constituents, Senator Duey Stroebel announced a ten town hall meeting schedule throughout the month of May. Additionally, the senator has released a spring survey for his constituents. The survey is available online at SenatorStroebel.com.
Roth: New Wisconsin Law Provides Veteran-Owned Businesses With Official Branding Tool Certified Veteran-Owned and Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses now have a new tool to promote and brand themselves in Wisconsin.
Senator Roth Responds to Veto State Senator Roger Roth (R—Appleton) expressed disappointment in Governor Walker's veto of Senate Bill 87, which would have required an inspection for renovations that exceed twenty percent of a home's value.
Gov. Scott Walker Signs Marklein’s Veterans Employment Initiative State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) thanked Governor Scott Walker for the signing of Assembly Bill (AB) 441 to become Act 386. Sen. Marklein coauthored the bill.
Vukmir: Medicaid Expansion’s False Promises Proven State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, issued the following statement Friday after seeing recent news reports from states that accepted Medicaid expansion dollars and are now facing major problems with their budgets.
Governor Signs Wanggaard Bill Protecting Children A bill providing $1 million in new funding and easing the process of capturing sexual predators of children became law today. Senate Bill 546, known as “Alicia’s Law” was championed by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), and signed by Governor Walker at a ceremony in Waukesha this afternoon.
Cowles: Justice for Children Bills Signed into Law Today, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 325 and Assembly Bill 667 into law at the Brown County Sheriff’s Headquarters.
Fitzgerald Praises Arena Lease Agreement Wednesday morning, the Wisconsin Center District Board (WCDB) announced an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks organization on the lease terms and key provisions for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee.
Vukmir: Wisconsin’s Economic Outlook Ranks No. 9 in Nation A state economic report issued Tuesday indicates Wisconsin’s economic outlook is the 9th in the nation, up three spots from last year. Sen. Leah Vukmir, national chairman of the American Legislative Exchange Council, heralded the news.
Cowles: Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Bill Signed into Law Today, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 323 into law. Over the past year, the Department of Justice, the Attorney General, advocacy groups and Senator Cowles have collaborated on the “Justice for Children” package to address some major crimes against children and victims of sexual assault to provide them with an opportunity for better outcomes.
Senator Kapenga Statement on Right to Work Ruling "It's disappointing to see another activist Dane County judge play politics on the bench and throw out a law that has ultimately been upheld by the US Supreme Court."
Sen. Marklein: Visits UW-Platteville Senator Marklein visits the campus, teaches classes about experiences in forensic accounting, visits with faculty, administrators and students.
Sen. Gudex Bills Signed into Law Today, multiple bills were signed into law authored by Sen. Gudex (R-Fond du Lac).
Sen. Marklein Governor Signs Five Bills State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced that Governor Scott Walker signed five bills authored or co-authored by Sen. Marklein today, including Assembly Bill (AB) 341 related to terrorist threats.
Sen. LeMahieu: Bucks License Plate, Mental Health in Schools, and other Bills Signed Into Law Today, Governor Scott Walker, signed four bills authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (ROostburg) into law, bringing his total for the 2015-16 legislative session to 18.
Sen. Wanggaard: Governor Walker Signs Locker Room Privacy Bill This afternoon Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 566 into law. Assembly Bill 566 was drafted and introduced by Rep. Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) in response to the locker room hidden-camera case in which women and children were secretly video-taped in the locker room of the recreation facility in Kenosha County by another facility-user.
Sen. Petrowski: Governor Signs Bill Restricting Cell Phones in Work Zones Today, Governor Scott Walker signed a bill authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (RMarathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) aimed at improving the safety of the traveling public and those working in highway construction, maintenance, or utility work zones.
Sen. Marklein: Governor Signs College Affordability Legislation State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced that Governor Scott Walker signed three bills related to College Affordability, to become law today. Sen. Marklein authored the Senate versions of the bills.
Sen. Cowles: Governor Signs Combat Sports Safety Act Today, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 599 into law. I authored this legislation to create a safer environment for unarmed combat sports, like kickboxing, Jujitsu, and Kung-Fu
Sen. Vukmir: Sweet 16 Social Media Campaign With March Madness coinciding with the end of the 2015-16 legislative session, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, put together a bracket on social media to highlight the reforms and initiatives that the state legislature has championed over the last two years
Sen. Cowles: Audit Examines State’s Administration of $12 Billion in Federal Funds Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its Single Audit, which evaluated state agencies’ administration of $12 billion in federal financial assistance during fiscal year (FY) 2014-15
Sen. Darling: Near West Side Partnership Leads to Local Solution Thanks to a new, bipartisan law the City of Milwaukee may shut down bad actors who are tolerating illegal activities such as drugs and prostitution.
Sen. Wanggaard: Frank Lloyd Wright Trail Now Official Today, at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home in Spring Green, Governor Walker created the “Frank Lloyd Wright Trail” by signing Assembly Bill 512 into law. The new designation will include roadway signs defining the trail, and directional signs to Frank Lloyd Wright tourist destinations.
Sen. Vukmir: Statement on Senate President Lazich's Retirement “I wish the very best for Mary as she leaves the Senate to spend more time with her family and pursue other interests. Her 23 years of service in the state legislature will not be forgotten by her constituents or her colleagues."
Sen. Lazich: I Am Not Seeking Re-Election Today I am announcing that I am not seeking re-election. It has been an immense honor and pleasure to serve the people of Senate District 28.
Sen. Stroebel: Resisting the Call for a Higher Gas Tax We all want good roads. Wisconsin’s manufacturing, service, agriculture, and tourism industries require well maintained roads to allow for the free movement of goods and people. Where the agreement ends is how we go about paying for these improvements.
Cowles: HOPE Agenda Bill Signings Statement Today, Governor Scott Walker signed eight bills that are part of the HOPE agenda into law around the State of Wisconsin.
LeMahieu: Online Voter Registration Bill Signed Into Law Today, Governor Walker signed Senate Bill 295, the Elections Technology, Access and Security Act. Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), the bill’s author, released the following statement:
Sen. Cowles Recycling Bill Clears Final Legislative Hurdle - Restores $3 Million to Local Governments Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of his Local Recycling Assistance legislation which would restore $3 million in segregated funding for recycling grants in the state.
Wanggaard Locker Room Privacy Bill Ready for Governor Early this evening the State Senate concurred in Assembly action on the Locker Room Privacy bill authored by Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine). The Senate passed the measure on a voice vote.
Gudex: High Capacity Well Issue Left Unresolved Today the State Senate passed SB-239 regarding High Capacity Wells. The amended bill is likely dead unless the State Assembly comes back to Madison to concur with the bill.
Lasee Calls on Assembly to Come Back for High Capacity Well Bill After the Senate passed SB 239 today, a slightly different version of the high capacity well bill than the Assembly passed on their last day (AB 874), Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) is urging the Assembly to meet again to take up this important legislation.
Fitzgerald: Senate Increases Treatment and Diversion Funding During a lengthy Tuesday session, the Wisconsin Senate voted unanimously to advance Assembly Bill 657, a proposal which increases funding for state Treatment and Diversion (TAD) programs by $2 million each fiscal year.
Senate Adjourns, Lasee Legislation Finishes Strong Today, six bills authored by State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) passed the Senate (AB 720, AB 584, AB 698, AB 668, AB 702, AB 25). These bills join 13 others authored by Senator Lasee and passed this session.
Senator Fitzgerald Issues Statement on AB 251 In response to multiple inquiries as to why Assembly Bill 251 was not placed on the Senate Calendar for March 15, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.
Sen. Marklein Statement on the Passing of Iowa County Judge William Dyke State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement on the passing of Iowa County Judge William (Bill) Dyke.
Fitzgerald Issues Request for Records to County, City of Madison Late yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald issued formal requests to Madison Mayor Soglin and County Executive Parisi for all records, documents, or other communications with or regarding any Kraft, Heinz, or Kraft-Heinz business.
Sen. Petrowski Bills Aimed at Helping Farmers are Signed into Law On Tuesday, four bills authored by State Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) to help Wisconsin farmers were signed into law. The bills extend the fall harvest exemption, allow the University of Wisconsin-Madison latitude in selling and buying land for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), allow local municipalities and counties to permit pumping of liquid manure in their highway right-of-ways, and make various changes to the state’s “Implements of Husbandry” (IoH) law.
Four Bills Authored by Senator Kapenga Signed into Law On Tuesday, Governor Walker signed four bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (RDelafield) into law. These bills addressed a number of issues ranging from property rights to budget reform.
Walker Signs Five Wanggaard Bills Into Law Over the last two days, Governor Walker has signed five bills authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) into law. The bills enhance public safety, and make it easier to access government documents for the average citizen.
Petrowski: Sexual Assault Victim Amnesty Bill Receives Public Hearing in Senate Committee Today, Assembly Bill 808, the Sexual Assault Victim Amnesty bill, authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan), received a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
LeMahieu Response to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), Chair of the Senate Elections and Local Government Committee, issued the following statement in response to Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s letter to Governor Walker about veteran IDs.
Senator Stroebel and UW President Cross to Tour Senate District Tomorrow, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) will welcome UW-System President Ray Cross to West Bend and Cedarburg. President Cross will tour and participate in roundtables at the University of Wisconsin – Washington County and Cedarburg High School.
Statement by Senator Tom Tiffany on Passage of Senate Bill 434 – Managed Forest Law Revisions “Today the Wisconsin legislature moved an important piece of legislation forward that will benefit landowners and the forest products industry. Senate Bill 434 returns nearly $18 million over the next three years to towns and counties in the form of MFL – Closed fees."
Stroebel: Federal Government Has Failed to Lead on Immigration Today’s Voces de la Frontera rally billed “A Day Without Latinos”, was a call to action for Latinos, immigrants, workers, business owners and allies to “unite across Wisconsin to defeat racist, anti-immigration legislation.” Regardless of their rhetoric, the targeted legislation represents an attempt by the state of Wisconsin to address immigration issues that the federal government has blatantly ignored for decades.
Darling: Tougher Law for Drunk Driving Heads to Governor's Desk On Wednesday morning, the Wisconsin State Assembly concurred with a Senate bill which increase penalties for repeat drunk drivers authored by State Representative Jim Ott and State Senator Alberta Darling. Representative Ott says he hopes the increasing penalties will make repeat offenders think before they get behind the wheel.
Session Draws to a Close, Lasee Legislation Finishes Strong “These bills aren’t meant to just fill up the statute books, these are good-government reforms meant to help free citizens live freely, lessening the burden of overbearing government regulations."
Sen. Petrowski Bills Furthering Public Safety Pass State Senate Yesterday, two bills authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), passed with broad bi-partisan support on the floor of the Senate. These bills will make a positive impact on health and safety in the lives of Wisconsin citizens.
Lasee’s Private Property Rights Package Passes Senate “With the passage of these bills today, we’ve reached a more reasonable balance between private property rights and government agency regulations. Private property rights are too important to be consistently dismissed by unelected bureaucrats; they are a fundamental piece of what makes our country great."
Fitzgerald: Senate Advances Double Dipping Bill in Bipartisan Vote Today, the Wisconsin Senate advanced an amended version of Senate Bill 707, a proposal which prohibits a legislator from concurrently holding office as county executive.
Vukmir Special-Needs Scholarship Bill Passes Senate State Sen. Leah Vukmir’s Special-Needs Scholarship Program technical bill passed the Wisconsin state Senate Tuesday.
Kapenga: State Senate Passes Budgetary Accountability for State Expenditures (BASE) Act Senate Bill 407 would require state agencies to include in their biennial budget requests plans to reduce their spending by 5 percent and maintain current spending levels for all state operations with a few exceptions.
Wanggaard: Bill Targeting Child Sex Predators Clears Senate Unanimously “Alicia’s Law,” which streamlines the process of finding sex predators of children online, cleared the State Senate on a unanimous vote today. Senate Bill 546 now moves to the Assembly, where its prospects are in question.
Darling: Organ Donation Bill Heads to Governor Thousands of people in Wisconsin are on organ waiting lists. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved a bipartisan bill authored State Senator Alberta Darling to make easier to be a living donor.
Wanggaard: Statement on Senate Bill 82 Criminal Procedure Code Rewrite "This afternoon, I scheduled Senate Bill 82, which was the completion of 23 years of work updating the criminal procedure code to reflect case law and current practice, for an executive session. Unfortunately, I had to pull the bill from the vote because lack of support."
Three Kapenga Bills Pass the Senate On Tuesday, three bills authored by Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) passed the state Senate and are now waiting for passage in the state Assembly.
Stroebel: Future of the Family Commission "State must play a role in lifting up families."
Lasee Encourages Bone Marrow and Organ Donation SB 517, a bipartisan bill designed to encourage and support bone marrow and organ donation, cosponsored by State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere), passed the Senate 31-1 today.
Cowles: Paving the Way for Innovative Phosphorus Management Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) issued the following statement on the Senate passage of SB 567 which would pave the way for EPA approval of an innovative phosphorus reducing practices.
Darling: State Senate Approves Organ Donation Bill A bill aimed at increasing organ donation in Wisconsin is closer to becoming law. On Tuesday, the Wisconsin State Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill to make sure organ donors will have job protections.
LeMahieu Online Voter Registration Bill Passes Senate “Senate Bill 295 will create online registration, clean up our voter rolls, and make a number of other important reforms to bring Wisconsin’s elections into the 21st century."
Cowles: Bill Paves way for Titletown District Assembly Bill 612, which modifies certain aspects of the liquor license quota system and creates new liquor license quota exceptions was passed in the Senate with a unanimous vote, the bill now awaits the Governor’s signature to become law.
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Senate Approves “Safe at Home” Early in a lengthy session calendar, the Wisconsin Senate approved Senate Bill 488, a bipartisan measure that creates an address confidentiality program within the Department of Justice.
Six Bills Authored by Senator Petrowski Signed into Law These bills addressed various issues, including the improvement of crucial state agency services and permanency planning options for children in out-of-home care and providing regulation for intrastate carriers of hazardous materials.
Stroebel: Senate Committees Hear Testimony on SB 569, 570, 697 and SJR 75 Today Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) testified in support of four important reforms - Senate Bills 697, 569, 570 and Senate Joint Resolution 75.
Stroebel: Assembly Committee Passes AB 251 Today the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations passed Assembly Bill 251. The bill makes various changes regarding the rule-making procedures established under current law.
Darling: Ending the "Cliff Effect" Darling Sponsors Resolution Asking for Waiver to Create Sliding Scale of Benefits.
Darling: Organ Donation Bill Helps Remove Barriers "My husband was on the organ donation waiting list when he passed away, so I know what it's like to wait and hope," Darling said, "I want to remove barriers to organ donation, so fewer families have to wait and hope. I want their loved ones to get a second chance."
Senator LeMahieu and Representative Katsma Announce Listening Sessions State Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and State Representative Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) announced spring listening sessions. The area legislators will be in Oostburg and Sheboygan for constituent feedback on Monday, February 1st. The schedule follows below.
Kapenga: State Senate Votes to Protect the Right to Life and Human Decency On Wednesday, Senator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) led Senate Republicans in voting to protect the right to life and basic human decency during a regular session of the state Senate. Assembly Bill 310 and Senate Bill 238, co-authored by Kapenga and Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere), redirect funding that is currently sent to abortion providers.
Nass: UW System President Ray Cross, No Apology Needed Cross needs to stay focused on educational reforms that benefit all students.
Darling: JFC Co-Chairs Statement on Budget Projection The Co-chairs of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) issued the following statement regarding Wisconsin's budget projections.
Stroebel: Senate Passes Civil Service Reform On Wednesday, the State Senate passed Assembly Bill 373. Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) voted in favor of the bill. Upon passage, Senator Stroebel had the following comments
Sen. Cowles Urges Caution on Spending Today, The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a review of the status of the state's general fund; a re-estimate of the state’s finances. The Fiscal Bureau shows the state has a net general fund balance at the end of the biennium of $70.2 million
Stroebel: Two Stroebel Bills Pass Wisconsin State Senate Two bills authored by Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) passed the Wisconsin State Senate today and will have a direct impact on the 20th Senate District.
Darling: Senate Approves Tougher Law for Drunk Driving On Wednesday, the State Senate unanimously approved a bill to toughen state laws against repeat drunk drivers. The bill is authored by State Senator Alberta Darling and State Representative Jim Ott. Representative Ott says too often there are examples about why tougher drunk driving laws are needed.
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State of the State Address This evening, Governor Walker delivered his annual State of the State Address before the Wisconsin Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement in response.
Senator Darling's Statement on the 2016 State of the State Address "Governor Walker is right. As the Governor said, 'Wisconsin's comeback is real' and we continue to move forward."
Senator Howard Marklein State of the State Reaction “This year, Governor Walker highlighted a few different areas where we have seen improvement in Wisconsin. More people are working, property taxes have held steady, and we continue to keep a close eye on the finances of our state."
Senator Vukmir: Statement on State of the State Address On Tuesday, the co-chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), issued the following statement following Governor Walker's 2016 State of the State address.
Stroebel: The Wisconsin Comeback is Ongoing The governor was clear: Wisconsin’s Comeback is documented. Wisconsin has seen impressive gains in our economy, education, and tax relief
Fitzgerald, Vos: Legislative Leaders Seek Ethics Election Commission Applicants Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are seeking applications for their individual appointments to the newly created Ethics Commission and Elections Commission.
Wanggaard: Statement on Senator Wirch’s Misleading Press Release “I authored Senator Bill 221 because I share Senator Wirch’s passion to allow people to possess CBD oil. As CBD advocates and Senator Wirch know, I have been working to garner support for the bill in both the Senate and Assembly for months."
Harsdorf Statement on Rep. Dean Knudson Retirement “State Senator Sheila Harsdorf expressed her appreciation to State Representative Dean Knudson for his service to the residents of the 30th Assembly District. "
Senator Lazich Introduces Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act Today, Senator Mary Lazich (R – New Berlin) along with co-author, Representative Rob Brooks (R – Saukville), introduced the Wisconsin School Zone Empowerment Act making Wisconsin’s law compatible with federal law. The bill provides local control by allowing school districts to prohibit concealedcarry within the school buildings, and clarifies the law about concealed-carry within a school zone.
Petrowski: Bill Easing Burden on Victims Receives Public Hearing Today, SB 490 and AB 615, authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) received public hearings in both the State Assembly and Senate.
Petrowski: Bills Aiding Foster Children Pass State Senate Today, the Wisconsin Senate passed 3 bills authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) in consultation with the Department of Children and Families. These bills streamline and improve crucial department services for children in out-of-home care.
Cowles: Senate Passes Senate Bill 323 and 325 Today, the Wisconsin State Senate passed bills (SB 323 and SB 325) that will provide greater protections for children and Victims of Sexual Violence. These bills, authored by Senator Rob Cowles (RGreen Bay) are part of the “Justice for Children” package created through collaboration with the Department of Justice, the Attorney General’s office, and advocacy groups, address major crimes against children and victims of sexual assault to provide them with an opportunity for better outcomes.
Fitzgerald: Senate Begins 2016 with Bipartisan Session Today the Wisconsin Senate met for the first time this year to debate a number of bills with support from both sides of the aisle. Five joint resolutions, fifteen Senate Bills, and three Assembly Bills were passed, all with bipartisan support.
Stroebel: DOJ Ends Federal Probe of Wisconsin School Choice Program This week the Department of Justice ended its years long probe of Wisconsin’s Parental Choice program. What started with accusations of discrimination against students with disabilities ended in a quiet whimper.
Petrowski: CPR Education Bill Receives Public Hearing in Senate Committee Today, Senate Bill 412, authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield), received a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Education.
Darling, Gudex: Announce Economic Development Plan Wisconsin added more jobs in October than any time since April 0f 1992, but two state lawmakers want to do more.
Stroebel, Schraa: School Referenda Reform Bill Provides Certainty to Voters & Taxpayers Representative Michael Schraa and Senator Duey Stroebel testified today in support of AB 481, legislation they authored to reform the school district referenda process statewide.
Sen. Wanggaard, Rep. Craig: Denounce GAB, Introduce Oversight Committee Legislation Today, Representative David Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) reacted to the Government Accountability Board’s (GAB) settlement agreement with the Wisconsin Club for Growth in Club’s lawsuit alleging misconduct by the GAB.
Darling: Bill Targeting Repeat Drunk Drivers Gets Public Hearing Repeat drunk drivers won't be able to hide their crimes under a bill authored by Senator Alberta Darling and Representative Jim Ott.
Wanggaard: Statement on Senate Democrats’ Request for Public Informational Hearing on Lincoln Hills “I think all of us in the Legislature are concerned about the allegations coming out of the Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility. Abuse has no place in our criminal justice system, or in our prisons."
Lemahieu: Bill to Help Sexual Assault Victims Signed into Law Senate Bill 170 extends the criminal statute of limitations for second and third degree sexual assault from 6 to 10 years.
Stroebel: Lobbyist Cooldown to have Senate Public Hearing On Thursday, the Senate Committee on Government Operations and Consumer protection will hold a public on Senate Bill 423. The bi-partisan bill authored by Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) and Representative Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) will institute a one year cool down period for legislators leaving office wanting to work as a lobbyist.
Fitzgerald Calls on Hansen to Apologize for Inappropriate Tweet Late Monday evening, Wisconsin State Senator Dave Hansen reposted a highly offensive and inappropriate tweet on his official twitter account, @SenatorDaveHans. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.
Cowles: Gov. Walker signs Interstate Medical Licensure Compact into Law Today, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 253 into law. The bill ratifies and enters Wisconsin into the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This provides Wisconsin doctors with a streamlined process that allows physicians to become licensed in multiple states, while expanding access for Wisconsinites.
Sen. Kapenga and Rep. Hutton Introduce Alternative Budgeting Proposal Representative Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Senator Chris Kapenga (RDelafield) have introduced legislation that would help provide legislators with more information and transparency to the budget process.
Stroebel: MACC Fund and Legislators Team up to Save Lives On Monday, December 7, Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg), Representative Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls), MACC Fund president and founder Jon McGlocklin, and the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin will discuss legislation which provides motorists the opportunity to proudly display MACC Fund vanity license plates.
Lasee Unveils Private Property Rights Package Today, State Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Representative Adam Jarchow (RBalsam Lake) released their Property Rights Package for co-sponsorship, clarifying and expanding rights of private property owner’s in Wisconsin.
Stroebel, Brooks Introduce Bill to Swap Federal Money, Curtail Regulations "Today, I introduced legislation which will address the way in which transportation funding is identified and then allocated to local units of government. As transportation needs increase and legislators and the Administration struggle to arrive at a “long-term” transportation funding solution, it is imperative that we identify efficiencies within the Department of Transportation budget."
Gudex: State Legislature Demands Action on HWY 23 Project Today, members of the State Legislature, including Sen. Gudex (R-Fond du Lac), sent another letter to Judge Lynn Adelman demanding that a determination is made allowing the Highway 23 project to continue.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving Honor Van Wanggaard Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) was recognized today as one of Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s (MADD’s) Legislators of the Year. Wanggaard was one of eight Wisconsin legislators recognized for their efforts to combat drunk driving in the state.
Vukmir: Senate Approves Plan For Bipartisan Elections & Ethics Commissions “Passage of this bill is a victory for the integrity of Wisconsin’s elections,” said the bill’s author, state Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa. “Equal representation of Republican and Democrat appointees will guarantee balanced, transparent and objective commissions.”
Senator Lazich Applauds Approval of Assembly Bill 388 “During 2007, the State Legislature created the GAB, and after eight years, it is clear that system needs improvement. The legislature addressed the problem and corrected the issue through the approval of AB 388. The GAB was created in a vacuum that isolated judges, forcing them to rely predominately on agency staff for their information. I do not fault the judges, or Kevin Kennedy, or the staff. I fault the model.”
Senator Lazich Applauds the Protection of Free Speech “As a necessity, a healthy democracy must have robust free speech. The approval of AB 387 protects free speech for all Wisconsinites and ensures our campaign finance laws are navigable for the ordinary citizen. AB 387 brings our convoluted and partially legal statutes in line with court rulings.”
Wanggaard Statement on Passage of Campaign Finance and Government Accountability Board and Reform Bills 'We cannot ignore the multiple courts that have instructed the legislature to rewrite our campaign finance laws. These laws have not been updated since 1974, and recent and not-so-recent court decisions have made our laws a “jumbled mess”.'
Lazich Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 251 Today, the Wisconsin State Senate approved Senate Bill 251 (SB 251), bipartisan legislation that clarifies state statute to reflect the terms of the Midwest Passenger Rail compact. Senate President Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) issued the following statement.
Tiffany: GAB and Campaign Finance Reform Pass Senate Today, the Wisconsin Senate passed Assembly Bill 387 and 388, reforming both the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and campaign finance laws. After passage, Senator Tiffany issued the following statement regarding the two bills
Kapenga Statement on Passage of GAB and Campaign Finance Reform Bills enator Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) issued the following statement after the state Senate passed two bills aimed at protecting the integrity of elections and reforming campaign finance laws in Wisconsin.
Marklein Statement on Campaign Finance Reforms State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement today regarding legislation passed by the Senate to reform Campaign Finance laws in Wisconsin:
Fitzgerald Statement on Senate Passage of GAB Overhaul “Today the Wisconsin Senate took another step in ending a dark period in our state’s history. For the past several years, the GAB has been anything but accountable, repeatedly crossing lines and trampling over the constitutional rights of Wisconsin’s citizens in an effort to carry out their own partisan agendas."
Fitzgerald Statement on Senate Passage of Campaign Finance Legislation “Today the Wisconsin Senate took the long-overdue step of rewriting the state’s outdated and cumbersome campaign finance regulations—a move mandated by state and federal courts which have rebuked Chapter 11 as, ‘unconstitutionally overbroad and vague,’ and, ‘in serious need of legislative attention.’"
Darling: JFC Assists Milwaukee in Prosecuting Gun Crimes "The City of Milwaukee is currently at a decade-level high for homicides. Today's vote combats this devastating problem by providing additional resources to help the Milwaukee District Attorney's Office prosecute gun crimes. The funding is part of a joint effort by the Legislature, Department of Justice, and Milwaukee County to fight gun violence in the area."
Vukmir: Vukmir, Kooyenga Unveil Bill to Ban Investments With Iran State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Wauwatosa, and State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R– Brookfield, unveiled legislation Thursday to prohibit the State of Wisconsin Investment Board from investing any of its $130 billion in assets in companies that conduct business with Iran.
Stroebel: Republican Senators Made the Right Vote on DOT Bonding "I am proud of my Senate colleagues on Joint Finance for voting against additional borrowing. Too often the state loses focus of core responsibilities and fails to prioritize. I recognize the importance of addressing the long-term transportation revenue requirements of the state."
Senator Lazich Applauds Approval of Senate Bill 178 “The approval of SB 178 protects consumers and eliminates excessive and burdensome bureaucratic rules. SB 178 allows for money to be spent on lead safe renovation practices, rather than senseless, cumbersome, bureaucratic red tape that does not serve a useful purpose.”
Roth: Assembly Passes Legislation to Increase Hunting Opportunities for Veterans and Disabled Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed Senate Bill 20, authored by Representative André Jacque (R-De Pere) and Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton), by voice vote, sending the bill to Governor Walker for his expected signature.
Petrowski: Lawmakers Introduce CPR Education Bill Today, Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) introduced a bill aimed at helping to ensure that our youth receive life-saving CPR information and skills as part of their health education class in school.
Senator Marklein Statement on Alliant Plant Closure in Cassville State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) released the following statement today regarding the pending closure of the Nelson Dewey Generating Station in Cassville.
Vukmir Defends Integrity Of Elections State Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Wauwatosa), co-author of the legislation that would reform the state’s Government Accountability Board, the agency that oversees campaign finance, lobbying, elections and ethics laws, released the following statement.
Wanggaard: Governor Signs Bill Allowing Racine School District Board Appointment This morning, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill 325 which allows the Racine Unified School District president to fill vacancies on the school board that have existed for longer than 60 days.
Senator Tiffany and Representative Craig Raise Question After Document Dump State Senator Tom Tiffany (R‐Hazelhurst) and Representative Dave Craig (RTown of Vernon) released the following statement today following the unsealing of 182 pages of Government Accountability Board (GAB) documents related to the John Doe investigation.
Statement from State Senator Alberta Darling on Protecting Free Speech Rights in Wisconsin "Free speech isn't free when it's threatened with unlimited warrants, predawn military-style raids, and the denial of constitutional rights. This is a nation where people have the right to face their accusers and defend themselves against charges."
Tiffany: John Doe Reform Bill Passes State Senate “Today, the State of Wisconsin moved one step closer to end secret, unconstitutional, and open-ended investigations using the John Doe process. Citizens deserve transparency and protection of their fundamental rights. This reform accomplishes this while preserving prosecutor’s use of this important investigatory tool.”
Senator Lazich Applauds Approval of Senate Bill 43 “The approval of SB 43 ensures the protection of fundamental liberties. Wisconsin is the only state to use John Doe proceedings and it can be a useful tool used properly. However, as we have seen, these proceedings can be easily abused and the rights of innocent citizens violated.”
Nass: Bill advances to Asist New Library System for Jefferson and Waukesha Counties Senator Nass was pleased with the bipartisan vote on Senate Bill 265 which provides needed flexibility to both counties.
Cowles: Renard Island Lake Bed Grant Bill Passes Senate “I am excited to see what the county plans for the island and causeway in order to increase public access and county park recreational opportunities,” said Cowles.
Darling: Bill to End Upskirting Heads to Governor's Desk "Thankfully, a bill which closes the "upskirting loophole" is headed to Governor Walker's desk for final approval. State Senator Alberta Darling says her bill will bring justice for future victims of this crime."
Cowles, DWD Share Demonstration of New JobCenterofWisconsin.com Website Today, Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay), with the Department of Workforce Development, gave a live presentation of the new, mobile-friendly JobCenterofWisconsin.com website at Bay Central Job Center in Green Bay.
Joint Audit Committee Approves Audit of Department of Transportation The Joint Legislative Audit Committee approved an audit of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation State Highways Program with a unanimous vote of 10-0.
Lazich: Joint Legislative Audit Committee Approves Audit of State Highway Program Today, State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) issued the following statement about the unanimous approval of an audit of the State Department of Transportation (DOT) Highway Program by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee.
Darling: Wisconsin Budget Ends Fiscal Year with Additional $135 Million "Careful budgeting and tax cuts are creating an environment where revenues are growing better than predicted. Thanks to those reforms, Wisconsin will end this fiscal year with an additional $135.6 million."
Tiffany: State Revenue Outperforms Expectations "The tax cuts and other reforms my colleagues and I have championed have had a positive impact on the state and are allowing businesses and individuals to be successful."
Wanggaard, et al.: Letter to AG Schimel Regarding Potential GAB Open Meeting Violation Senate and Assembly Republicans raise concerns regarding potential open meetings violations revealed during GAB testimony before a joint public hearing.
Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling on HOPE Agenda Hearing Today, Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) and Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) released the Campus Carry Act, a bill that would allow students and faculty to carry concealed firearms in buildings on public college campuses.
Vukmir Behavioral Health Bill Passes Unanimously in Committee A bipartisan bill to encourage the coordination of behavioral healthcare passed the Senate Health and Human Services Committee unanimously on Tuesday.
Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling on G.A.B. Reform On Tuesday, the C0-Chair of the budget-writing, Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement in support of eliminating the Government Accountability Board.
Sen. LeMahieu Introduces Online Voter Registration On Friday, Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), along with Rep. Kathy Bernier (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep. Terese Berceau (D-Madison), introduced the Elections Technology, Access and Security Bill. Included in the package is a provision to authorize online voter registration in Wisconsin.
Cowles: Statement on the Passing of Rodney Kreuren "Rodney was a strong advocate for railroad safety here in Wisconsin. His hard work and passion for railroad safety has helped keep Wisconsin railways safe.”
Stroebel: Port Washington Awarded Harbor Assistance Program Grant Last week the City of Port Washington received word from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation that the Harbor Advisory Council approved its emergency Harbor Assistance Program (“HAP”) grant application to rehabilitate its seawall. The HAP grant will reimburse eighty percent of eligible project expenses not to exceed $425,000.
Gudex: Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Sector Sets the Standard "As our state celebrates Manufacturing Month, we need to highlight the work that the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. (WEDC) has done to lead Wisconsin’s comeback. A few short years ago, Wisconsin was facing tough economic times with many skilled workers laid off and employers being hesitant to reinvest locally. However, things have dramatically changed in our state thanks to the bold policies and investments WEDC has led the charge on."
Fitzgerald: Legislative Republicans Release GAB Reform “I am proud to unveil legislation that will finally overhaul the obviously compromised GAB and put an end to the long series of abuses within the agency."
Vukmir Proposes Bipartisan Elections Oversight Commissions State Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and State Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) unveiled a commonsense plan Wednesday to improve the ineffective Government Accountability Board.
LeMahieu: Supports Bipartisan Elections and Ethics Commissions “The Government Accountability Board was created in 2007 with the goal of creating a non-partisan election authority. Unfortunately, it has proven to be a partisan agency, and is certainly not accountable."
Schimel, Cowles Release Justice for Children Package Today, Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay), with Attorney General Brad Schimel and Representatives Heaton, Macco, Murtha, and Tranel announced plans to address the growing problems of child abuse, neglect and sexual assault; introducing the Justice for Children package. The package of bills aims to protect Wisconsin’s children from such horrible crimes.
Sens. Wanggaard, Risser. Legislators Unveil Bipartisan Plan to Fairly Compensate Exonerees A bipartisan coalition of legislators today announced their plan to introduce new legislation to overhaul Wisconsin’s exoneree compensation law. Wisconsin’s current compensation allowance of $5,000 per year – limited to a total of $25,000 – is the lowest statutory compensation cap in the nation.
Sen. Marklein, Rep. Allen. Author Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative. “I believe Wisconsin has done a great job of providing opportunities for our veterans returning home. However, the Wisconsin Veterans Employment Initiative is another great step toward ensuring those veterans that return to our state after serving our country have the opportunities they need to succeed."
Roth, Steineke: Clear Definition of “Just Cause” Provides Workplace Stability –State Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (RKaukauna) are continuing to outline their reforms to Wisconsin’s civil service law. A key component of the legislation is to clearly define “just cause” in state statute.
Roth, Steineke: Reforms will Maximize Employee Effectiveness and Reward Exemplary Work State Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (RKaukauna) offered additional information today on their plan to update Wisconsin’s civil service law, specifically in regards to implementing a consistent performance evaluation system, merit pay and standardizing the probationary period.
Roth, Steineke: Updated Hiring Process Will Reflect 21st Century Workforce State Senator Roger Roth (R-Appleton) and Assembly Majority Leader, Representative Jim Steineke (RKaukauna) offered more details today on their civil service reform plan specifically in regards to changes made to the hiring process.
Marklein: Introduce GAAP Constitutional Amendment State Senators Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Chris Kapenga (RDelafield) and State Representatives Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and John Macco (RLedgeview) introduced legislation this week that would require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) for state finances.
Darling: Joint Finance Co-Chairs Propose Oversight of the State Group Health Plan On Tuesday, Joint Finance Committee Co-chairs State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) issued the following statement regarding their proposal to ensure legislative oversight of the State Group Health Plan.
Senator LeMahieu and Representatives Katsma and Vorpagel Announce Listening Sessions State Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and State Representatives Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg) and Tyler Vorpagel (R-Plymouth) announced fall listening sessions. The area legislators will be in Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan, and Elkhart Lake for constituent feedback on Friday, October 16th.
Wanggaard: Legislators to Renew Call for Fair Compensation for Wrongfully Convicted Persons In recognition of national Wrongful Conviction Day on October 2, a bipartisan coalition of legislators plan to introduce new legislation to overhaul Wisconsin’s exoneree compensation law.
Nass: Senate Committee Announces Hearing on Civil Service Reform Bill A public hearing will take place Tuesday, October 6th at 8:30 a.m.
Roth, Steineke Introduce Plan to Modernize Civil Service System The purpose of the legislation is to prepare for the high number of state employee retirements expected in the near future by updating state employment laws so that Wisconsin can attract, hire, and retain the best employees.
Cowles: Quality Work of Legislative Audit Bureau Affirmed Joint Legislative Audit Committee co-chairpersons, Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Salem), responded today to the announcement that the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) has received the highest rating possible from an external, independent peer review team on its system of quality control.
Vukmir Urges Caution with Interstate Medical Licensure Compact State Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Wauwatosa), chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, has concerns the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact will delegate excessive authority to a multistate organization.
Fitzgerald Statement on Passing of Justice Crooks "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Justice Crooks at this difficult time."
JFC Co-Chair Darling Renews Call for Resignation of Kevin Kennedy On Thursday, the co-chair of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) issued the following statement after the Wall Street Journal uncovered an attempt to rig a court ruling by the supposed non-partisan Government Accountability Board (GAB).
Sen. Marklein, Rep. Tranel. Applaud Unanimous Passage of Utility Aid Legislation “We are both pleased to see such swift action on Senate Bill 252, which helps to alleviate some reductions in state aid payments to Cassville and Grant County due to the closing of the two plants in the village."
Marklein: Applauds Unanimous Passage of Wine Walks Legislation “I am pleased to see such swift action on Senate Bill 236, and the continuation of our Wine Walks. These events will continue to help our downtown communities thrive. I am hopeful that the State Assembly will take action on this soon and it will be to the Governor’s desk for his signature."
Gudex: Senate Economic Development Listening Tour Announced The Senate Economic Development and Commerce Committee will be hosting informational hearings to gather feedback from local business and economic development leaders. The focus will revolve around the ways we can improve our economy and things the legislature can do to assist job creators
Cowles: Senate Passes Bill to Return Excess Stadium Tax Today, the state Senate passed a bill (SB 233) that will return over $17 million in excess Lambeau Stadium sales tax revenue back to the taxpayers of Brown County. The bill, authored by State Representative David Steffen (R-Howard) and State Senator Rob Cowles (RGreen Bay) provides a pathway for returning excess revenue that was collected through a 0.5% sales tax referendum passed in 2000.
Senator Vukmir Elected Assistant Majority Leader Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Wauwatosa), currently serving her second term in the Wisconsin State Senate, was elected assistant majority leader by the Republican caucus.
Fitzgerald: Legislative Leaders’ Joint Statement on John Doe Reform “We have come to an agreement that both legislative chambers will bring John Doe reform to the floor for a vote in October."
Darling: Milwaukee County Board Still IIgnoring Voters “Not only is the Milwaukee County Board ignoring state law, they are ignoring the will of the people,” Darling said. “The voters overwhelmingly decided county board members should earn a part-time salary for doing a part-time job.”
Lasee’s Fix for Kewaunee County Passes Unanimously “I’m grateful to my colleagues for taking swift action, saving Kewaunee County today, and many more counties down the road as Obama’s EPA forces many power plants to close up shop.”
Petrowski Introduces Juvenile Justice Bill Today, Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon), Representative Rob Hutton (RBrookfield), and Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma) circulated a bill aimed at helping to reduce crime, recidivism and cost to taxpayers by returning non-violent, first-time 17 year old offenders back to the juvenile justice system.
Darling Supports Nygren's HOPE Agenda On Tuesday, the C0-Chair of the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) announced her support for Representative Nygren's HOPE agenda.
Senator Vukmir Calls for Fully Funding Post-Retirement Benefits "Simply put, this bill eliminates pay-as-you-go, a funding method that has wreaked havoc on the budgets of local governments."
Stroebel: Assembly Amendment on AB305 will be same as Senate Companion Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued a statement following the release of an Assembly substitute amendment on AB305.
Senate and Assembly Republicans: Letter to Judge Adelman Regarding State Highway 23 "We are writing to inform you of our deep disappointment in your recent ruling to vacate the court's March 17, 2014 record of recision that had allowed the expansion of State Highway 23 from Plymouth to Fond du Lac."
Gudex: Another Attack on School Choice “The numbers don’t lie,” said Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac). “Total state spending on K-12 over six years will be more than $37 billion by 2017. That combined with nearly $30 billion in property tax revenues, that’s $67 billion in funding for public schools. But we’re supposed to be outraged by spending less than two percent on Choice schools?”
Senator Stroebel: Democrats Wrong on School Choice "The first day of school should be used to welcome students to their new grade and fresh opportunities. Instead, Wisconsin Democrats have chosen to falsely attack the school choice expansion."
Senator Stroebel to join Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner at Town Hall Meetings Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) will join Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) at six upcoming Washington County Town Hall Meetings. The congressman invited the senator to join the town halls.
Stroebel: Academic Excellence Scholarship Bill Intentionally Rewards Best and Brightest “My bill gives a greater reward to our best and brightest high school graduates with an award that is substantial. A doubling of the current scholarship as well as the availability of a generous tax credit for those who choose to work in the state upon graduation will be impactful in retaining more of these students.”
Sen. Wanggaard on Racine Teachers Unions Press Conference "It’s time for the Racine Teachers Unions to recognize that education is about student learning and not about protecting their fiefdoms.”
Fitzgerald Announces Senate Committee Changes Today, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau) announced his intention to make the following changes to the 2015-16 senate standing committees to reflect changes in senate membership.
Kapenga to Serve as Chair of Senate Committee on Public Benefit & Regulatory Reform Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the appointment of Senator Kapenga as Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Benefit & Regulatory Reform.
Stroebel: UW-Madison Director of Community Relations Wrong on Shop-lifting Recently, the Director of Community Relations for the University of Wisconsin – Madison advocated for less policing and prosecution for shoplifting crimes committed at big-box retailers and shopping malls.
Sen. Gudex Statement on Oshkosh Defense Contract Award Today the Department of Defense awarded the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contract to Oshkosh Defense. The $6.7 billion contract is expected to support thousands of jobs in the Fox Valley.
Gudex Receives Economic Development Award Madison- The Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) awarded Sen. Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) with the 2015 WEDA Legislative Champion award for his work on economic development issues. Sen. Gudex made the following statement.
Cowles: Audit Recommends Further Improvements for GAB Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released report 15-13 on complaints considered by the Government Accountability Board (GAB). In report 15-13, LAB completes audit work it could not finish in report 14-14 because the scope of LAB’s work was limited by a July 2014 Attorney General’s opinion.
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Dodge County Fair Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Dodge County Fair.
Sen. Fitzgerald Joint Statement on Placement of Jonathan Miller Representative Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement after Judge Pfitzinger’s decision.
Roth: EPA’s Coal Rule Will Hurt Wisconsin Ratepayers "Wisconsin ratepayers should be very concerned about the EPA’s final rule on coal-fired power plant emissions, which will have a serious impact on the energy rates of families, businesses, and our state’s overall economy. I am particularly concerned for Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector, which may experience even sharper cost increases and jobs losses as a result of this federal rule."
Gudex Statement on Bill Removing Legislators from the WEDC Board "The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) Board has a lot of highly talented, knowledgeable people serving on it. Having served on the Board this past year, it is clear to me that we need more people like them, and fewer who are pursuing partisan agendas."
Stroebel Unveils Reforms to Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarship Senator Duey Stroebel unveiled legislation today with Representative Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) reforming the Academic Excellence Higher Education Scholarship program for Wisconsin’s top high school graduates.
Fitzgerald: Assembly Approves Senate Arena Legislation This afternoon, the Wisconsin State Assembly concurred on bipartisan Senate legislation providing public financing for portions of a new arena development project in the City of Milwaukee.
Stroebel: School Choice Key to Educational Success in Wisconsin Senator Stroebel called on all education interests to come together to continue the expansion of options for parents around Wisconsin and the country. The Senator called on public, virtual, private, and charter schools to come together to ensure academic success for students, regardless of zip code.
Gudex: Dan Ariens Named Chair of WEDC “I was delighted to vote in favor of Dan Ariens for Chairman of the Wisconsin Economic Development Board today. I am certain that as displayed with his leadership at the Ariens Company and its success, Dan will be a guiding force leading the board in a positive direction."
Fitzgerald Statement on Placement of Robert Larson "We were pleased to learn today that the supervised release placement of Mr. Larson has been rescinded."
Senator Stroebel Calls for Investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin “I am immediately calling on the Secretary of the Department of Health Services Kitty Rhoades, Governor Walker, and those legislators who are willing to stand in opposition to this sickening practice to investigate whether the Wisconsin affiliate of Planned Parenthood has participated in the illegal harvesting of baby body parts.”
Harsdorf Statement on the Tragic Killing of U.S. Marine and Grantsburg Native Sgt. Carson Holmquist "Yesterday’s heartbreaking tragedy ended the lives of four brave and accomplished young servicemen. We are deeply grateful for their service to our nation and pray for healing for their loved ones."
Vukmir Praises Supreme Court Ruling, Remains Committed To GAB Reform “The Wisconsin Supreme Court’s John Doe ruling is just the latest example of the pervasive unaccountability and out-of-control actions that define the current regime at the GAB."
Sen. LeMahieu: Our Laws and Government Must Respect Political Speech “Today, the Supreme Court was clear and unequivocal: our laws and government agencies must respect, rather than suppress, our constitutionally protected freedom of political speech.”
Senator Tiffany on Supreme Court Decision on John Doe Investigation State Senator Tom Tiffany (R‐Hazelhurst) and Representative Dave Craig (RTown of Vernon) released the following statement today following the release of the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision on John Doe.
Statement of Senate Judiciary Chairperson Van Wanggaard on Wisconsin Supreme Court’s John Doe Decision “Today’s Supreme Court decision shutting down the renegade Government Accountability Board’s theory of campaign finance laws is a complete victory for free speech. But there is still work to do."
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Senate Passes Amended Arena Proposal “As I have said throughout the long process of crafting this proposal, as goes the City of Milwaukee, so goes the state. Today’s vote was a win for Milwaukee and a win for the State of Wisconsin."
Senator Lazich Protects Taxpayers in Arena Deal “It is my priority to protect hard working Wisconsin taxpayers. With the addition of a two-dollar ticket surcharge and sunsetting the retail tax provision, my constituents are afforded protections."
Sen. Marklein Votes For a New Arena for the Milwaukee Bucks “After careful study of the proposed deal, constituent input and bipartisan support from my colleagues in the Senate, I decided to support the investment in the arena because it makes sense financially for the city, county and state.”
Vukmir Statement on Bucks Vote "After reflecting on these conversations and reading a wide array of articles about both this specific arena project and the impact of other arena projects across America, I have decided to support the final deal to build a new arena in Milwaukee."
Cowles Statement on Milwaukee Arena Vote "Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) issued the following statement today regarding his “no” vote on a bill to use state taxpayer money to fund a basketball arena in Milwaukee."
Darling: Senate Approves Arena Plan "Passing a bi-partisan plan that creates good-paying jobs, creates a destination entertainment district where there is nothing, keeps a sports team in our city, without new taxes, is a slam dunk."
Stroebel: Senate Passes Milwaukee Arena Package "The Milwaukee Bucks leaving was worse for taxpayers across the state of Wisconsin. The NBA players’ income tax and ticket surcharge will more than pay for the state portion of the new arena."
Farrow: Arena Package Passes First Hurdle “The ball is in the Assembly’s court now. Today, the Senate once again led the way and stuck with the blueprint for success that has worked this entire session."
Darling: Governor Walker Signs Major Education Reforms "I am proud this budget aims every child has an opportunity to succeed."
JFC Co-Chairs Call for Resignation of Kevin Kennedy "We have completely lost confidence that the GAB can be trusted to operate in a non-partisan manner for the citizens of the state of Wisconsin with Kennedy in charge. In order for the GAB to return to its original mission, Kevin Kennedy must go."
Sen. Gudex Continues to Fight for Wisconsin Taxpayers Today, the Wisconsin State Senate voted to pass the 2015-17 Biennial Budget, and it will move along to the State Assembly for a final vote. The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) had worked tirelessly to make significant changes to the Governor’s initial budget proposal. The Legislature listened to their constituents, and have brought forward a budget that invests in Wisconsin’s priorities and values.
Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling on Passage of State Budget "I am pleased we were able to continue to improve the state budget. By modifying the prevailing wage law, Wisconsin's local governments will be able to make the bidding process fair and save taxpayers money."
Lazich: Senate Republicans Lead the Way "Today, Legislative Republicans demonstrate they are responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. Our current budget commits to living within our means. The Joint Finance Committee along with Legislative Republicans worked tirelessly to reduce bonding levels and ensure sales, income, and property taxes are not increased."
Tiffany: State Senate Passes Budget "From day one, my focus has been to help develop a state budget that builds upon our successes over the last four years, is balanced, and reflects the priorities of not only our state, but the Northwoods as well. We have accomplished these goals – we held the line on property taxes and we listened to constituent concerns."
Nass: Budget Benefits Taxpayers "We started with a flawed budget in February, but the version passed by the state senate now prioritizes the voices of taxpayers and families."
Sen. LeMahieu Votes to Protect Taxpayers, Repeal Prevailing Wage in State Budget Tonight, the Senate passed the state budget, Senate Bill 21, including a repeal of the prevailing wage law for school districts and local governments. In response, Senator LeMahieu released the following statement.
Farrow: Senate Passes 2015-2017 State Biennial Budget With the Extraordinary Session of the State Senate adjourning a bit after midnight and debate lasting just short of nine hours, the State Senate passed the 2015-2017 State Biennial Budget (Senate Bill 21) by a vote of 18-15.
Vukmir: Senate Passes State Budget, Assembly Up Next “In addition to partial repeal of the prevailing wage law, investment in K-12 education, reforming educational opportunities for special needs students, statewide school choice expansion and Family Care were my four other top priorities as a member of the Joint Finance Committee."
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Senate Passes 2015-17 Biennial Budget “Today the Wisconsin Senate advanced a bill that I believe our members can be proud of. While there is no doubt that this was a difficult budget, it was also a responsible one."
Senator Lasee's Prevailing Wage Amendment Added to the Budget "Senate Republicans are once again leading to pass big, bold reforms of government."
Stroebel: Senate Passes Budget Amendment to Repeal Prevailing Wage "I am hopeful the Assembly will do the right thing and repeal this antiquated requirement."
Statement by Alberta Darling Regarding Discriminatory Enrollment Within MPS Senator Alberta Darling provided the following comments supporting Senator Farrow's statement regarding MPS's Fernwood Montessori discriminatory admissions policy.
Sen. Cowles Statement on Budget Vote Senator Cowles issued the following statement this evening after casting a "no" vote against the state budget.
Marklein Authors Amendment to Remove Open Records Changes From Budget "I remain committed to transparency in all business that is conducted on behalf of my constituents."
Vukmir: Senate Amends State Budget "Senate Republicans have led again."
Governor Scott Walker and Legislative Leaders Make Statement on Government Transparency Today, Governor Scott Walker, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, and the Joint Finance Committee Co-Chairs, Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren, released the following statement on the provisions related to the state's open records law included in the Motion 999.
Senator Tom Tiffany Votes for Passage of Biennial Budget Today, State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) voted in favor of passage of the 2015-17 Biennial Budget in the Joint Finance Committee. As a member of the committee, Senator Tiffany was involved in shaping the budget which sets Wisconsin’s priorities for the next two years.
Gudex: State Budget Committee Advances 24/7 Sobriety A new tool for fighting alcohol and drug abuse will be piloted in Wisconsin after the state’s budget committee approved a pilot program on Thursday
JFC Co-Chairs: K-12 Schools to Receive Additional Aid In Budget Plan On Wednesday, the co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding the Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) misleading general school aid estimate.
Petrowski: GPS Privacy Act Signed Into Law by Gov. Walker Today Governor Scott Walker signed into law the GPS Privacy Act authored by Representative Adam Neylon’s (R-Pewaukee) and Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). The bill protects citizens by making it a crime for someone to place a global positioning system (GPS) device on someone’s vehicle without their consent.
Gov. Walker Signs Two Election Bills Led by Sen. LeMahieu Today, Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bills 96 and 121 into law. The legislation, authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), will modernize and increase efficiency for election administration in Wisconsin.
Governor Walker Signs Cowles Bill to Phase Out Microbeads Senator Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) issued the following statement following Governor Walker’s signing of Senate Bill 15, co-authored with Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma), which will phase out the manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads in Wisconsin.
Fitzgerald: Legislative Republicans Release Arena Proposal Language "This plan takes advantage of the opportunity to leverage a huge private investment in order to ensure that the important economic engine that is the Bucks franchise continues to have a home in Milwaukee."
Senator Stroebel: Don’t Politicize Tragedy "Conservative policies are not to blame for a racist’s evil actions. Racism and the resultant violence have no place in America. "
Vukmir: SCOTUS Rules On Obamacare Subsidies - Wisconsin Deserves Better "Today, Obamacare stands as the single clearest example of top-down one-size-fits-all governance from Washington. I think the state of Wisconsin can do better and deserves better. "
Statement by State Senator Alberta Darling Regarding Zoo Interchange Project "I stand by my comments. There are more responsible solutions we must consider."
Wanggaard: Public Safety and Pro-Consumer Bills On Their Way to Governor Three bills authored by Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) have cleared their final legislative hurdle and are waiting Governor Walker’s signature. The bills focus on variable rate loans, off-duty police officers and legal handgun owners.
Cowles: LAB and Audit Committee Are Important for Legislative Oversight “The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau is an invaluable resource to the Legislature and to the people of the state,” said Sen. Robert Cowles. “Our auditors provide insight and proactive recommendations to the Legislature and state agencies that help to protect Wisconsin taxpayers by locating cost saving measures and efficiencies.”
Harsdorf Statement on UW System Tenure Policies “The Board of Regents has indicated its intent to adopt tenure policies that will align the UW System with our peer institutions. I applaud the Board’s efforts and believe that the policies they develop will provide certainty for faculty.”
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Senate Advances Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Today, the Wisconsin Senate voted to advance Senate Bill 179, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act after the bill’s passage was recommended by the Committee on Health and Human Services last week. The bill seeks to protect unborn children considered capable of experiencing pain from the agonizing procedure of an abortion by prohibiting such procedures after 20 weeks post-fertilization.
Vukmir: Wauwatosa SOS has a Problem Sticking to the Facts A rebuttal by Senator Leah Vukmir and Rep. Dale Kooyenga.
Lazich: Senate Passes Pain Prevention Bill Today, the Wisconsin State Senate approved the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The Act officially recognizes substantial medical evidence confirming unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks. Senate President Mary Lazich issued the following statement.
Finance Committee Republicans Give UW System Flexibilities and Eases Reductions On Friday, Joint Finance Committee Republicans restored $50 million in state funding to the University of Wisconsin System. Republican leaders also created a number of flexibilities requested by the System, along with accountability measures to provide added transparency.
Sen. Fitzgerald, Rep. Born Call for Legal Action to Revisit Sex Offender Placement “Wisconsin law gives the Department of Health Services the ability to revisit placement decisions for circumstances such as these, and the agency has a responsibility to the Leroy community to stop this placement until a more suitable location can be found.”
Marklein: Joint Finance Committee Acts on Long Term Care State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) acted on long term care elements of the state budget today. As promised, the JFC restored Aging & Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) statewide and continued the IRIS program.
Vukmir: Repealing Prevailing Wage Law Crucial to Fiscal Health of State and Local Government The Assembly Committee on Labor heard public testimony today before passing Assembly Bill 32, which calls for the repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law.
JFC Republicans Protect Long Term Care On Wednesday, Republican leaders on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) revealed their plan to give the Department of Health Services (DHS) limited authority to pursue a waiver from the Federal Government for Wisconsin’s long-term care services. Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) unveiled the details of the plan alongside JFC Co-chairs Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).
Darling: Milwaukee Teachers Union Protests While School Fails Instead of spending time helping students at a school where zero children tested proficient at reading, Milwaukee's teachers union is protesting. State Senator Alberta Darling says she questions the priorities of the union.
Senator Stroebel Testifies Before Assembly Labor Committee State Senator Duey Stroebel issued the following statement after testifying in support of full prevailing wage repeal.
Senator LeMahieu Blasts Federal Court for Delaying Highway 23 Expansion Project Today, Senator LeMahieu released the following statement upon hearing the U.S. Eastern District Court ruled to halt the Highway 23 expansion project between Fond du Lac and Plymouth.
JFC Co-Chairs: Republicans Save SeniorCare On Thursday, the co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding the JFC's decision to save SeniorCare,
Senator Tom Tiffany Votes to Preserve SeniorCare Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) issued the following statement regarding his recent vote to preserve SeniorCare.
Marklein: JFC Reinvests Economic Development Funds in Southwest Wisconsin and Formally Restores SeniorCare State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) reinvested $250,000 in southwest Wisconsin via the Prosperity Southwest Wisconsin organization and formally restored the SeniorCare prescription drug program today.
Marklein: JFC Invests $200 Million More Into K-12 Education State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) added $200 million to K-12 public education funding during deliberations yesterday. The additional funding is part of more than $10.6 billion invested into public education over the next biennium.
Vukmir: Investment In K-12 Education Remains Our Top Priority Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Tosa) has remained steadfast in her commitment to K-12 education. The Committee on Joint Finance has made education a top priority by restoring K-12 funding by $150 per pupil in the first year and adding an extra $100 per pupil in the second year, an added investment of over $200 million over the biennium.
LeMahieu: Governor Walker Signs 70 MPH Speed Limit into Law Today, Governor Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 27 into law, legislation authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Representative Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) that increases the maximum speed limit in Wisconsin to 70 MPH. In response, Senator LeMahieu released the following statement.
LeMahieu Applauds Action to Protect K-12 Education Today, Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) thanked the Joint Finance Committee for acting to protect and strengthen K-12 education. Among other actions, the Committee voted to increase K-12 education funding and protect educational options for families.
Vukmir Works to Reform Educational Options for Special Needs Students Special needs families will be provided more educational choices under a motion advanced by Senator Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) and passed by the Joint Committee on Finance early Wednesday morning.
JFC Republicans Restore & Increase Public School Funding On Tuesday, the co-chairs of the state’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding the JFC’s investment in K-12 education.
Tiffany: Finance Committee Votes to Invest in Education State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) released the following statement after the Joint Finance Committee approved a motion to increase funding for K-12 education over the biennium
Gudex: Waupun Guard Tower Positions Restored The proposed state budget called for the elimination of 3rd shift guard tower positions at all correctional facilities around the state.
Marklein: JFC Restores Aging & Disability Resource Centers, Public Broadcasting State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced the restoration of Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) and funding for public broadcasting, among other changes to the state budget this week.
Fitzgerald Responds to Proposed WEDC Changes This afternoon, Governor Walker announced several proposed administrative changes to the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) including a move shifting funding for loan programs into performance-based tax incentives, and placing funding priority on education and worker training.
JFC Republicans Protect Long Term Care On Thursday, Republican leaders on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced the rejection of Governor Walker’s proposed long term care changes, while pursuing limited reforms with strong legislative oversight. Rep. Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Wauwatosa) unveiled the changes alongside JFC Co-chairs Rep. John Nygren (RMarinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills).
Tiffany: TEACH II Will Help Improve Technology in Rural Schools State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) released the following statement after the Joint Finance Committee approved a motion to help rural school districts advance the use of technology.
Cowles: Audit Recommends DHS Improve Oversight of Non-Emergency Medical Transportation Services Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) services to Medical Assistance recipients. The Medical Assistance program is administered by the Department of Health Services (DHS).
Wanggaard, Kleefisch call Joint Public Safety Hearing In Response to Misplaced Evidence Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Representative Joel Kleefisch (ROconomowoc), chairs of the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee and Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee, announced today that they will be holding a joint informational hearing in response to recent reports of vast missing criminal evidence in Milwaukee County.
JFC Co-Chairs: Republicans Support Teacher Loan Programs n Tuesday, the co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding the JFC Republican members' support for a New Teacher Loan Program and the Minority Teacher Loan Program.
Marklein: Joint Finance Committee Action on State Budget State Senator Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) announced several recent state budget changes made by the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) during the last week of deliberation and Executive Sessions.
Fitzgerald Responds to State Agency Proposal Changes This morning, in response to concerns raised by stakeholders, Governor Walker publicly withdrew his support for a plan previously contained in the administration’s proposed biennial budget which would have implemented the merger of several state agencies.
Cowles: Audit Examines WEDC Operations Today, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). WEDC is the State’s leading economic development organization. In fiscal year (FY) 2013-14, WEDC administered 29 economic development programs that provided grants, loans, tax credits and other assistance to businesses, individuals, and organizations.
Senator Fitzgerald Applauds Wisconsin’s Improved Business Outlook Today, Chief Executive Magazine released their annual list of the Best and Worst States for Business. The list placed Wisconsin at twelfth, an improvement of two spots from the previous year and a jump of twenty-nine spots from 2010.
JFC Co-Chairs: Budget Committee Supports Additional Resources for Officer-Involved Shootings On Thursday, the co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding the JFC's commitment to providing additional positions and funds to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for officer-involved shooting investigations.
Senator Lazich Introduces Pain Prevention Bill Today, Senator Mary Lazich along with co-authors, Representative Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum), Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) and Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-New Berlin), introduced the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act that recognizes substantial medical evidence confirming that unborn children feel pain at 20 weeks.
Senator Stroebel Attends Governor’s Prayer Breakfast Senator Stroebel issued the following statement after attending the Governor’s annual breakfast in observance of the National Day of Prayer.
LeMahieu Statement on Senate Passage of 70 MPH Speed Limit Today, the State Senate approved increasing the maximum speed limit in Wisconsin to 70 mph. The legislation, authored by Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg), passed on a bipartisan voice vote.
Petrowski: Bill Protecting Victims of Harassment Passes Senate Today, the Wisconsin State Senate unanimously passed a bill authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) that puts measures into place to protect victims against stalking and harassment.
Fitzgerald: Senate Sends Motorcycle Lighting Bill to Governor Today the Wisconsin Senate passed Assembly Bill 100, permitting users to equip a motorcycle with a lighting device that illuminates the ground directly beneath the motorcycle with a color other than red, blue, or amber.
JFC Co-Chairs: Revenue Estimates Remain on Target The co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding revenue projections for the state.
Roth: Stolen Valor Bill Passes Senate by Voice Vote Senate Bill 95 protects against fraudulent claims of military service and awards.
JFC Increases Funding for Women's Cancer Screenings One of Wisconsin's landmark cancer screening programs is getting a boost. On Tuesday, the budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance added $100,000 to the Wisconsin Well Woman Program. As a cancer survivor, Senator Alberta Darling says investing in the program is a top priority.
Senator Farrow Announces July 17 Resignation "I will fulfill my obligation to my Senate district constituents to represent them with a vote on the most important piece of legislation that will be taken up during this session."
Gudex: Democrat Leadership Demands End to Open Debate Today, Rep. Barca and Sen. Lassa called upon the Governor and Sen. Gudex to abandon plans to merge WEDC and WHEDA into the Forward Wisconsin Development Authority before the administration, agencies and stakeholders have had an opportunity to layout the many benefits of merging the two agencies.
Stroebel: Report Shows Repeal of Prevailing Wage Could Save Wisconsin Schools nearly $38 million Americans for Prosperity released a report analyzing 48 recently passed school construction referenda. Using an 11.3% savings guide from the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance, the report found the savings around the state to be $37,808,079.
Stroebel: FoodShare Bill is Common Sense Reform Senator Stroebel issued the following statement following his testimony on AB177 reforming FoodShare.
Senator Stroebel Statement on Prevailing Wage Hearing Senator Duey Stroebel issued the following statement on the scheduling of SB 49 for a hearing next week in the Senate Committee on Labor chaired by Senator Nass.
Senator Stroebel to Tour Milwaukee Parental School Choice Campuses State Senator Duey Stroebel announced a tour of four School Choice campuses in both Milwaukee and Cedarburg. The tour coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the Milwaukee Parental School Choice program.
Lemahieu: 70 MPH Speed Limit Bill Moving Forward in State Senate Rep. Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) and State Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) made the following comments today in response to a proposed amendment to the bill raising the maximum speed limit in Wisconsin to 70 mph.
Senator Stroebel: My Priority is to Reduce Wisconsin’s Tax Burden State Senator Duey Stroebel issued the following statement regarding Tax Freedom Day 2015. Saturday was the Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day meaning Wisconsinites have paid their tax liability with every dollar earned so far.
Senator Stroebel Announces First Listening Sessions Senator Duey Stroebel’s first three listening sessions have been announced. The representing Assemblyman will attend.
Vukmir: Tax Freedom Day In Wisconsin Tomorrow marks Tax Freedom Day for Wisconsin’s hardworking families and businesses, which is the day when taxpayers in our state have earned enough money to pay their local, state and federal taxes for the year.
Petrowski Bill Protecting Victims of Harassment Heads to Senate Floor Today, the Wisconsin Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Adam Neylon (RPewaukee) that puts measures into place to protect victims against stalking and harassment.
Fitzgerald Announces Committee Appointments Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau) announced his intention to make the following appointments and changes to the 2015-16 Senate Standing Committees to reflect changes in Senate membership.
Marklein on Joint Finance Committee Action on State Budget Committee addresses Fish & Wildlife Fund, Car Deer Kills, Lower WI State Riverway, Kickapoo Valley Reserve, Military Commercial Drivers Licenses and Vintage Tractors
Senator Stroebel Takes First Votes in State Senate State Senator Duey Stroebel (R-Cedarburg) issued the following statement on his first votes as a member of the State Senate.
Duey Stroebel to be Sworn-in to State Senate "I’m blessed and honored to serve in the State Senate. I plan on immediately fighting for a bold liberty agenda by fully repealing the prevailing wage requirement, improving Wisconsin’s tax climate, and expanding school choice."
Senator Frank Lasee’s Statement on Passage of “Uber Bill” Senator Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) applauds the passage of legislation to allow Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to operate in the state without over-burdensome regulation while still protecting public safety. These companies provide a safe and often cheaper alternative to traditional taxi, limousine, or other for-hire vehicles.
Senator Petrowski’s Farm Implement Bill Passes State Senate Today, the Wisconsin State Senate passed a measure authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) designed to make needed adjustments to new regulations governing the use of large agricultural equipment.
Tiffany Statement on Reduced Recreational Services in National Forest State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) released the following statement regarding the United States Forest Service’s (USFS) announcement of reduced recreational services on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest (CNNF).
Sen. Gudex Announces Listening Sessions Today, State Senator Rick Gudex announced a series of town meetings throughout Wisconsin’s 18th Senate District. State Representatives Schraa and Thiesfeldt will also be in attendance in their respective districts.
LeMahieu Applauds Joint Finance Committee for Discouraging Food Stamp Fraud On Friday, the Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 on a motion requested by Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Rep. Jesse Kremer (R-Kewaskum) to institute a replacement fee for lost or stolen “electronic benefit transfer” cards, otherwise known as “food stamp” cards.
JFC Co-Chairs: Budget Motion Eases Veterans' Return to School "Veterans face different challenges than most students do when they return to school," Darling said. "We owe it to our brave men and women in uniform who protect our freedoms to make sure their education isn't just paid for, but that their experience is a success."
JFC Co-Chairs: Transportation Fund Sees Improvement "Transportation is the backbone of our economy. We are happy to report the transportation fund is $72 million higher than previously estimated by Governor Walker's budget plan."
Nass: UW-Madison Announces "Political" Cuts Senator Steve Nass criticized UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank's announcement of $21 million in cuts and the loss of 400 jobs for the 2015-16 academic year.
JFC Co-Chairs: Budget Committee Holds First Executive Session On Wednesday, the co-chairs of the state's budget-writing Joint Finance Committee (JFC), State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), issued the following statement regarding first JFC Executive Session on Governor Walker's proposed 2015-17 state budget.
Marklein: Productive First Day of Joint Finance Committee Action on State Budget Broadband funding expanded and Railroad Safety Inspector position funded 14 non-fiscal policy items removed – including municipal assessment and advisory boards.
Nass: UW System Misled Public on Need for Massive Tuition Increase Senator Nass criticized UW System Regent Vice President Regina Millner for a deceptive statement intended to justify and spin UW-Madison's request for a 22% increase in non-resident tuition over the next two academic years.
Tiffany Bill Connecting Human Trafficking Victims to Resources Signed Into Law Yesterday, Governor Scott Walker signed into law (2015 Act 5) a bill authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) aimed at helping victims of labor and sex trafficking.
LeMahieu Raffle Reform Bill Signed Into Law “I am proud that the Raffle Reform Bill became the first law I created as a State Senator. While it may not seem like the most exciting issue, this law will make a positive impact in every community across the state.”
Nass: UW-Madison Uses Tuition Increase to Mug Middle Class Non-Resident Students "I opposed the hiring of Chancellor Blank because she had an elitist approach to tuition and this proposal just proves that my initial inclination was accurate."
Fitzgerald Reacts to Arena Package Announcement Earlier today, the Milwaukee Bucks organization unveiled proposed designs for an arena package to be constructed in the city’s Park East corridor. Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement...
Senator Nass Statement on Justice Abrahamson Lawsuit "Resorting to a lawsuit to block the will of the voters certainly calls into question her judicial temperament and competency to serve."
Walker Signs Wanggaard’s Cyberstalking Bill Into Law A bill providing protection for victims of cyberstalking was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker today.
Statement by Senator Tom Tiffany on Lawsuit Filed by Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson "It is ridiculous that Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson would file a federal lawsuit seeking to hold onto her position as Chief Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court"
Transportation Committees Approve Senator Petrowski Bills Two bills authored by Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) aimed at providing updates to farm implement legislation and allowing emergency operation of utility vehicles responding to service outages on posted roads passed both Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees today
Vukmir: Wisconsin Taxpayers Win With Repeal Of Prevailing Wage Law Thirty-five state representatives and six state senators have endorsed Assembly Bill 32/Senate Bill 49 that would repeal Wisconsin’s prevailing wage law.
Tiffany: Northwoods Legislators Support Increased Walleye Bag Limits "I support the DNR’s effort to bring certainty to the sportsman throughout the state who travel to Wisconsin’s Northwoods for our world-class fishing."
Senator Cowles and Representative Tauchen to Hold Budget Listening Session State Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) and State Representative Gary Tauchen (R-Bonduel) announced that they will be holding a budget listening session for constituents of the 2nd Senate and 6th Assembly Districts on April 10, 2015 at 4:00pm
Senator Gudex Statement on Tragic Loss of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper "My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Wisconsin State Trooper Trevor Casper and the entire Law Enforcement and Public Safety community."
Statement of Senator Van Wanggaard on Tragic Death of Trooper Trevor Casper “The loss of one law enforcement officer's life is a loss to all in Wisconsin."
Sen. LeMahieu Comments on Informational Hearing on Campaign Finance Legislature has duty to repeal and replace Chapter 11
Senator Fitzgerald Statement on Voter ID Victory This morning, the U.S. Supreme court refused to hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law, clearing the way for the law to be implemented for future elections...
Senator Roth Authors Stolen Valor Legislation Senate bill will compliment federal law by providing recourse at the state level
Lazich’s Statement about Admitting Privileges Decision Following the announcement of Judge Conley’s decision permanently enjoining the admitting privileges provision of 2013 Wisconsin Act 37, State Senator Mary Lazich issued the following statement...
Senator Lazich Applauds Voter ID Ruling Today, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Wisconsin voter ID law by rejecting the argument that requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls is disenfranchisement.
LeMahieu Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Speed Limit Increase Assembly Approves Increasing Speed Limit to 70 mph on 76-22 Vote
Fitzgerald: Wisconsin Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation Today the Wisconsin Senate approved several measures that increase state support and public awareness for crucial public safety issues.
LeMahieu Raffle Reform Bill Passes State Legislature Senator Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) issued the following statement after the Senate’s vote to pass Assembly Bill 14, the Raffle Reform Bill.
Senator Cowles Statement on Passage of Microbeads Legislation Senator Robert Cowles issued the following statement following the passage of SB 15 related to the manufacture and sale of products containing microbeads...
Wanggaard: Cyberstalking Bill Goes to Governor Legislation Helps Protect Victims of Out-of-State Harassment
Farrow: Senate Passes Bipartisan Bills Two bills authored by Senator Paul Farrow passed with overwhelming support by Republicans and Democrats
Harsdorf Bill Encourages Growth of Paint and Sip Studios Paint and sip studios are a new type of business that provide a unique entertainment venue where friends and family can get together and enjoy food and beverages while learning to paint.
Farrow Concerned The Assembly Has Lost Focus on Accountability Senator applauds Rep. Thiesfeldt decision to postpone executive action on flawed legislation