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We're Back in
This month the legislature
resumed from its summer recess and kicked off
what will be a full and productive fall
legislative session. Already during our first
floor period, the Assembly passed a number of
bills that will increase access to health care
and make important updates to our state's
AB 253 is a bill I
strongly supported as a co-sponsor. This
recently passed bill will allow Wisconsin to
become a part of the Interstate Medical
Licensure Compact. By becoming a part of this
compact, we are streamlining the process for
doctors to practice in multiple states, which
will greatly increase access to medical care and
further facilitate the growing field of
telemedicine. While all Wisconsin residents will
benefit from increased access, this is
especially important to those seeking care in
our more rural areas of the state. This bill
will now be considered by the state Senate.
Another important package
of bipartisan bills that passed out of the
Assembly this month will provide a much needed
update to our state's adoption laws. Assembly
a number of changes aimed at ensuring proper
protection for children throughout the adoption
process and promoting efficiency within the
adoption system. Requiring a home study using a
standardized system prior to a child being
placed for adoption and before a home is
licensed for foster care, and in foreign
adoption cases requiring Wisconsin parents to
also officially adopt the child in the state,
will ensure that children do not fall throughout
the cracks without record of their background or
Moving forward this
session, the Assembly will continue focusing on
government reform, strengthening our education
system, developing our workforce, addressing
public benefit fraud, and fighting opiate and
Returning Excess Stadium Tax Continues
Rep. David Steffen and
Senator Rob Cowles testifying before Senate
Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions,
and Rural Issues in favor of legislation to
return excess stadium sales tax to Brown County
and its political subdivisions.
Rep. Steffen speaking
with Governor Walker during a recent Caucus
meeting regarding issues important to Brown
County, including return of excess sales tax.
Trafficking Awareness Campaign
Earlier this year the
which created a public awareness campaign to
combat human trafficking. Included in this
legislation is a requirement that the Wisconsin
Department of Justice create human trafficking
awareness posters with information about the
National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC)
as well as the national hotline number
(1-888-373-7888). These posters give victims the
information they need in order to reach out to
case managers at NHTRC. Case managers then put
victims in contact with the appropriate local
services. A key piece in launching a successful
awareness campaign, is making sure that NHTRC
case managers have complete and accurate
resource information in order to best assist
victims. If you know of an organization that
provides local crisis response, shelter options,
food/meals, clothing/necessities, healthcare,
counseling/advocacy, life skills training, child
care or legal services, email the
Crime Victims Council
so that the organization will be included in the
hotline directory. Help play a part in bringing
awareness to this important issue.
Law and Order
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
AB 127 :
Providing a penalty for the possession of
vicious dogs by certain felony offenders.
AB 147: Creates
a felony charge for a intentionally causing
bodily harm to a judge, prosecutor or law
Establishing a mandatory minimum period of
confinement in prison for a person who possesses
a firearm or who uses a firearm to commit
certain crimes after being convicted of
committing certain violent felonies.
Providing a penalty for the sale and use of
fetal body parts.
Providing an exemption from civil liability for
forcibly entering a vehicle under certain
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
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.
Regulating transportation network companies,
allowing expansion of ride-share options.
Regulation of persons that own or operate dental
AB 212: Makes
repeat unemployment insurance benefit fraudsters
ineligible for UI benefits for seven years if
they commit two acts of UI fraud.
AB 200: A
waiver to limit the number of FoodShare
Removing FoodShare benefits from an inactive
account and expunging unused benefits after one
Providing a penalty for falsely claiming
military service or honors.
Elimination of sick leave for state senators and
Distributing excess sales tax revenue collected
by local professional football stadium district
to Brown County and its municipalities.