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Strengthening our Workforce

With the work search requirement reinstated this past summer, more individuals are submitting resumes for available jobs. This has unfortunately led to the practice of “ghosting”, in which an employer will contact a prospective employee and set up an interview, only to have that individual not reply or not show up for their interview.

Under current law, there is no penalty for an individual receiving unemployment to not show up for a scheduled interview or respond to such a request.

To help resolve the problem of individuals taking advantage of the unemployment system, I am authoring legislation that aims to reduce this ghosting phenomenon. The bill creates penalties for not showing up for interviews and not responding to potential opportunities. 

As an employer, I pay into the unemployment insurance trust fund, and I believe in the system. I think it’s incredibly important to protect people who through no fault of their own have lost their positions, but we also have to do everything we can to protect this system so it’s there for people when they need it.

 


 

Committees this week

On Tuesday the Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention held Executive Session. The committee voted to recommend Assembly Bill 175 for passage. Below are the links to the bills. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention and the bills before the committee you can visit the link below.

Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention

Executive Session

Assembly Bill 723

Relating to: a substance use disorder treatment platform.

Assembly Bill 844

Relating to: methamphetamine addiction treatment grants

Assembly Bill 845

Relating to: medication-assisted treatment expansion.

Assembly Bill 686

Relating to: advanced practice social workers and independent social workers treating substance use disorder as a specialty.

 

On Wednesday the Committee on Family Law held a Public Hearing & Executive Session. The committee voted to recommend Assembly Bills 313, 633, 634, 651, 722, & 723 for passage. The Public Hearing heard testimony on Assembly Bill 105. Below are the links to the bills. If you are interested in learning more about the Committee on Family Law and the bills before the committee you can visit the link below.

Committee on Family Law

Public Hearing

Assembly Bill 105

Relating to: exclusion of certain military allowances in determining gross income for purposes of child support.

 

Executive Session

Assembly Bill 313

Relating to: legal custody and physical placement factors for a child of a service member.

Assembly Bill 633

Relating to: the required annual exchange of financial information in an order for family support, child support, or maintenance.

Assembly Bill 634

Relating to: allowing a court commissioner to address stipulated final legal separation hearings.

Assembly Bill 651

Relating to: allowing a parent to change a minor child's name when the other parent is convicted of certain homicide or sex offenses.

Assembly Bill 722

Relating to: stipulated orders before judgment in actions for divorce, annulment, or legal separation.

Assembly Bill 723

Relating to: procedures for de novo review in actions affecting the family.

 


 

Floor Session

On Thursday, the Wisconsin State Assembly met for a floor session. We debated and passed numerous bills during the session. A bill I authored with Senator Kathy Bernier, Assembly Bill 292, passed the Assembly on a unanimous voice vote.

Currently, Wisconsin statutes require appointing authorities for local health boards to make a good faith effort to appoint a registered nurse and physician to their boards. In many areas of the state, especially rural areas, local governments have struggled to find medical professionals who are willing to volunteer their time by serving on their local health board. Assembly Bill 292 allows local appointing authorities that are unable to find a physician or registered nurse to serve on a local health board to instead appoint an advanced practice registered nurse or physician assistant to the board.

I was glad to see widespread support for this common sense legislation. This bill gives our local governments the ability to utilize the knowledge of our advanced practice providers when it best suits their situations. I urge my colleagues in the senate to take up this legislation as soon as possible.

 


 

Coming Up in the Legislature

Below you will find the legislature's committee schedule for next week. You can look at which bills are before each committee and which bills are to be heard or scheduled for a vote that day. Please visit the Legislature’s website here to see the full committee schedule. You can watch any floor session in either the Assembly or Senate via Wisconsin eye at wiseye.org.

Tuesday January 25th

Assembly – Floor Session

Wednesday January 26th

Senate Committee on Economic and Workforce Development: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform: Executive Session

Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Children and Families: Public Hearing

Assembly Committee on Children and Families: Executive Session