APRIL 30, 2015
Earlier this month, two of my bills were signed into law. The first, 2015 Wisconsin Act 4 will help protect victims who are being abused, harassed or threatened from out of state by clarifying when the court has personal jurisdiction in certain actions for restraining orders or injunctions in cases of domestic abuse, child abuse or harassment.
The photograph below includes Governor Scott Walker, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and her staff, Sen. Van Wanggaard and his staff, and representatives from End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin.
The second, 2015 Wisconsin Act 5 requires the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to create and make available posters with the national human trafficking resource center hotline. Under the bill, the DOJ shall encourage establishments such as truck stops, hotels, salons and hospitals to display the poster.
The photograph below includes Governor Scott Walker, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck and her staff, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez, Sen. Jerry Petrowski and staff, Sen. Van Wangaard, representatives from the Department of Children and Families, The Women's Council and other stakeholders.
As a member of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), I have been focused on evaluating and analyzing the governorís proposed state budget. I appreciate the feedback I have received from all you who have completed my survey by mail or online. Constituent and stakeholder priorities are important considerations during the decision-making process.
On the first day of executive session, the committee removed 14 non-fiscal policy items from the budget including items such as the proposed changes to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) Board and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board; as well as the proposed changes to property assessment. A full list of items removed can be seen here.
The committee has taken votes already on a number of issues relating to the Secretary of State, State Treasurer, Supreme Court, Department of Veteran Affairs, Historical Society, and the Department of Tourism along with some provisions in the Department of Transportation, DNR, and Department of Administration.
JFC also voted to retain a 30% cap on the performance-based funding for technical colleges starting in 2017-18 and remaining at that level going forward. This was at the request of the Technical College System and numerous stakeholders. The motion passed with unanimous bipartisan support.
I brought forward a motion that tripled the funding for Broadband Expansion Grants to provide reimbursement for equipment and construction expenses for underserved areas of the state. I also introduced a motion to provide additional dollars to counties to fight public assistance fraud. Both of my motions passed the committee with unanimous bipartisan support.
The committee is expecting to meet at least two days a week through the rest of May to continue to vote on the remaining provisions in the budget. You can follow the executive sessions by watching Wisconsin Eye.
More information about the budget can be found here.
Executive Session agendas can be found here.
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