4 On 4 Update

April 17, 2015

Click on the picture above for a  4 on 4 Update from Rep. Steffen.

Committee Action

Ways and Means

Executive Session 4/7/15

AB 45-authorizing towns to participate in multijurisdictional tax incremental financing districts. Passed Committee 11:0, passed full Assembly on April 14, 2015

Public Hearing 4/15/15

AB 31: setoffs against tax refunds for debts related to providing ambulance services.

AB 123: limited authorization for the town of Rome in Adams County to make cash grants or loan subsidies to owners, lessees, or developers of land located in a TID.

Urban and Local Affairs

Public Hearing Scheduled 4/21/15:

AB 93: bonding, spending, taxation authority and auditing of local professional baseball park districts

AB 156: coverage for new participating employers under the Wisconsin Retirement System

AB 161: limitations on town expenditures for certain highway purposes.

Capitol Highlights

Assembly Floor Session

This week the Assembly held its first floor session for the month of April. A number of bills with strong bipartisan support passed through our chamber that focused on empowering consumers and protecting our environment. Here are some highlights:

AB 15 prohibits the manufacturing and sales of  microbead pollutants.

AB 24 allows Wisconsin based banks and credit unions to offer promotional discounts on variable-rate loans as is allowable at the federal level.

AB 74 will allow drivers education instruction to be done online by schools listened by DOT.

AB 114 penalizes falsely claiming military service or honors to gain benefits (Stolen Valor).

AB 143 regulates and creates state standards for ride-sharing companies by creating a framework for Transportation Network Companies, like Uber or Lyft to operate statewide.

 2015-2017 Budget

Since the Governor released his budget proposal in February, I have received an incredible amount of input from constituents. I am impressed by the level of feedback I have received through emails, calls, letters and listening sessions and encourage you to remain engaged throughout this process. As your voice in the Legislature, I have been in continual communication with members of the Joint Finance Committee in order to communicate your concerns. We are now in the Executive Session stage of the budget review process, during which the JFC discusses and votes on each individual issue in the budget proposal. Notices of Executive Sessions are provided on JFC's webpage and you can watch live on WisconsinEye.

During this week's Executive Session, the JFC removed 14 non-fiscal policy items from the budget. Items removed included:

  • Making the DATCP and DNR Boards advisory, both boards will maintain policymaking authority.

  • Exempting UW System research and studies from public inspection.

  • Proposal to change local property tax assessment program to a county-wide program.

The input you provide allows me to better represent the needs and concerns of the district. Please complete my budget survey online and mark your calendar to attend my next budget listening session scheduled for May 21, 2015 at 5:30 PM at the Allouez Village Hall.

Congratulations Kimps Ace Hardware!

I recently had the opportunity to recognize Kimp's Ace Hardware for achieving 75 years of business. Since 1940 this family-owned business has been providing quality products and outstanding customer service throughout our community. Congratulations on the 75 years of business, and best wishes for many more years of success!

Here's What I've Been Working On:


I recently introduced the Get Youth Moving (GYM) bill, which would promote physical fitness and healthy choices by ensuring elementary students get 30 minutes of gym time everyday. Today, one in every four Wisconsin adolescents is overweight or obese. Numerous studies have shown that physical education not only improves kids' physical health, but enhances their academic performance as well. This week, parents, teachers, and advocates stopped by the capitol to show their support and advocate for this legislation.



Law and Order


AB 5: Protecting witnesses from intimidation. 

AB 8: Creates a felony charge for taking pictures or videos of another's private areas without consent, "upskirting."

AB 10: Empower victims of domestic abuse to file restraining orders against perpetrators who live in another state.

AB 147: Creates a felony charge for a intentionally causing bodily harm to a judge, prosecutor or law enforcement officer.

Protecting the Environment


AB 15: Protect our Great Lakes through the phasing out of harmful microbeads used in manufacturing personal care and cosmetic items.

Supporting Our Businesses and Consumers


AB 11: Eliminates an outdated mandate for recycled content of newsprint in newspapers.

AB 18: Allowing liquor taste testing at certain retailers, levels the playing field with beer/wine tasting.

AB 143: Regulating transportation network companies, allowing expansion of ride-share options.

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