The Week of March 8, 2010
The next general business floorperiod of the Wisconsin Legislature is
scheduled to run from April 13 to April 22, 2010.
The schedule of floorperiods for the 2009-2010 Legislative Session was
2009 Senate Joint Resolution 1.
Assembly and Senate Daily Floor Calendars for items which will be considered during floor sessions.
For information on upcoming events refer to the
Schedule of Committee Activities.
Last Week’s Floor Session
On March 3, Governor Doyle signed 11 bills into law, including:
- Act 145 (2009 Senate Bill 271), which prohibits manufacture
and sale at wholesale of certain baby bottles and cups for children containing bisphenol A.
- Act 140 (2009 Senate Bill 308), which requires employers to excuse from being late
or absent from work certain persons involved in volunteer activities.
- Act 136 (2009 Assembly Bill 2), which requires all contract services
purchased by state agencies to be performed within the United States, with exceptions.
- Act 141 (2009 Assembly Bill 186), which prohibits manufacturing, distributing,
or delivering salvinorin A with the intent it be consumed by a person.
The Senate and Assembly passed a number of bills, including:
- 2009 Senate Bill 44,
relating to requiring a mental health check as part of Department of Justice background check for handgun purchases.
- 2009 Senate Bill 399, relating to authorizing two or more cities,
villages, towns, or counties, or a combination of such political
subdivisions, to create a commission to issue conduit revenue bonds and exercise eminent domain authority.
- 2009 Senate Bill 483, relating to prohibiting health insurance policies
and self-insured health plans from excluding coverage for injuries based
on the use of alcohol or controlled substances.
- 2009 Assembly Bill 135, relating to allowing an allowing an individual
income tax deduction for certain amounts contributed by a divorced or
legally separated parent to his or her child's college savings account
or college tuition and expenses program.
- 2009 Assembly Bill 413, relating to crimes against children committed by
certain persons and creating a penalty.
- 2009 Assembly Bill 599, relating to a speed limit for the operation
of snowmobiles during the hours of darkness.
The following are a selection of bills to be enrolled:
- 2009 Senate Bill 227, relating to interim successors for legislators,
meetings of the legislature and legislative committees, and temporary
seat of government for the legislature.
- 2009 Senate Bill 303, relating to requesting a person who operates a vehicle
that is involved in an accident that causes death or injury to submit to a test for intoxication.
- 2009 Assembly Bill 485,
relating to required judicial findings and
orders when a child is placed outside the home, termination of parental
rights warnings, mandatory child abuse or neglect reporters,
the confidentiality of social services records, changing from
day care to child care the term used to describe care and
supervision for children for less than 24 hours a day, and renumbering the definition of neglect.
- 2009 Assembly Bill 579,
relating to special distinguishing registration plates associated with Marquette University.
Recent Bill Introductions
As of March 5, 809 Assembly bills and 592 Senate bills have been introduced.
Recently introduced legislation can be found on the Legislature's
Searchable Infobases site.
Resources from the LRB Library
The LRB Library salutes Theodore Seuss Geisel on the anniversary
of his birth, March 2, which was also Read Across America Day.
Looking for something to read? There are eight issues of “Favorite Books”
recommendations in the
Tap the Power series, available through the
LRB’s publications page.
Look for issue nine in May, which will be compiled after National Library Week, April 11-17, 2010.
For more information about Legislative Service Agency publications, see the
left panel of the Spotlight index page.
Prior Spotlight issues
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