Press Release                                                             November 11, 2015

For Immediate Release


Two Rep. Loudenbeck Bills Signed Into Law

Madison- Today, two bills authored byRep. Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) were signed into law by Governor Scott Walker.

Assembly Bill 193 became 2015 Wisconsin Act 101. This legislation updates state law to match new federal requirements by expanding the list of relatives who are notified and considered for placement when a child is taken into custody by child welfare. The new law adds the custodial parent of a sibling of the child to the list of notified relatives. For example, a child and his sibling may have the same mother but different fathers, the custodial father of the sibling will now be notified and considered as a possible placement option.

“The benefits of this new law are twofold,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.  “First, the law allows for increased communication, stability, and continuity in a child welfare proceeding because notification and placement options will include the custodial parent of a sibling.  Additionally, Act 101 codifies important provisions of the federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act.”  

Assembly Bill 405, co-authored with Rep. Warren Petryk (R-Eleva), became 2015 Wisconsin Act 84. This legislation clears the way for emergency utility workers (utility employees from other states who temporarily work in Wisconsin) to help restore critical infrastructure as quickly as possible following a disaster.  This law creates an exemption from income, sales, and use taxes for out-of-state workers who come to Wisconsin to help our citizens.  Additionally, the law creates an exemption for work done during a state of emergency declared by the Governor for state or local fees, licenses, certificates, registration, and permitting requirements that would otherwise be applicable.

“We do not want overly bureaucratic regulations standing in the way of getting the assistance we need as quickly as possible in the aftermath of a disaster situation. We also do not want to create a tax disincentive for out-of-state workers who voluntarily come to our state to help get Wisconsin back online,” said Rep. Loudenbeck.  “We all hope that we never have to utilize the provisions within this bill, but when the next disaster occurs we will be in a better position to rebuild, restore, and get back to our normal lives.”