State Representative Janel
AB 201-Right of
Way (ROW) Bill Passes Assembly
I have been
working with ABATE of Wisconsin, representatives from
law enforcement, the insurance industry, and the DOT to
significantly improve the way we handle right of way
violations in Wisconsin.
Right now, various
ROW violations are treated differently. For example,
failure to yield at a stop sign is treated differently
than failure to yield at a traffic light. AB 201
provides consistency for all ROW violations.
Under current law,
certain right of way violations require the driver to
take a roadway user's safety course. Under AB 201, all violations would
require the offender to take the course, which is
Right now, several
ROW violations require an automatic suspension of one's
drivers license if the infraction causes bodily harm,
great bodily harm, or death. AB 201 removes the automatic
suspension for ROW violations that causes bodily harm,
which can be as little a scratch or scrape. Great bodily
harm is a broken bone or even a serious injury that does
not result in death. It should come as no surprise that the
vast majority of ROW violations that cause injury are
minor injuries and will no longer result in an automatic
AB 128 Pro-Life
Bill Passes Assembly
Yesterday, my colleagues
and I passed a bill that will continue to protect the
rights of the unborn here in Wisconsin. AB 128 will
prevent the Wisconsin Group Insurance Board from
entering into contracts with or providing health
insurance plans funded by taxpayers that would cover
abortions for Wisconsin state employees.
No matter what your opinion
on abortion is, Wisconsin taxpayers should not be forced
to pay for procedures that they find morally
reprehensible. As a coauthor of this bill, I am very
happy to see this bill passed. I must commend my
colleagues in the Assembly for their efforts in
protecting the right to life in our state.
I sincerely hope the Senate
will continue to value the lives of the unborn and urge
them to pass this bill.
AB 499-Ending the Mining Moratorium
One of the most
underutilized economic opportunities we have in
Wisconsin is taking advantage of our available natural
resources. Our state has been blessed with deposits of
many precious minerals, including zinc, copper, and
gold. The left continues to use "doomsday predictions"
to thwart any attempt to develop the mining industry.
AB 499 simply removes the
"Prove it First" moratorium on mining in Wisconsin that
was enacted over 20 years ago. If a mining company wants
to do business in our state, they still must pass a
rigorous application process with the Department of
Natural Resources. In addition, the DNR and local
communities have the final say on whether or not a mine
will be opened in a certain area.
Protecting the environment
is a priority of the Legislature. That is why the
bill provides for a 120 year special bond with the DNR
to protect against longtime environmental damage and
provides for funds to cover the cost of any cleanup
efforts. New technology that has been developed since
the moratorium was first enacted allows for safer mines,
and safeguards will still be in place to prevent against
any environmental harm.
This week, President Trump
announced that the semiconductor giant
moving its headquarters to the United States. What a
perfect time to utilize our available opportunities.