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Welcome to my e-update October 26, 2017

           

Fall Legislative Session 

1. Upcoming Legislation

2. Committee Assignments 

3. My Legislation 

4. Constituent Outreach 

 

Upcoming legislation 

This Fall promises to be a busy legislative session.  While Foxconn and the Budget took up most of the summer, there is still a lot to do.  Two of the most important bills that are up this session are AB 549/SB 423 and AB 550/ SB 424.

 

The Heal Without Harm package deals with the final disposition of aborted children, and prohibiting the sell and use of aborted fetal tissue.

These are two of the strongest pro-life bills that are being introduced this session, and I am happy to state that I am a co-sponsor of both of these bills.  AB 550 has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Health.  I am a member on this committee and I will be sure to support this legislation and vote the bill out of committee.  AB 549 has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.  While I am not on this committee, I will be in close conversation with my colleagues on the committee and the chairman to make sure this bill receives both a public hearing and an executive session.  

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For Further Article read this article published by Wisconsin Health News

A coalition of anti-abortion groups is calling on lawmakers to enact legislation that would ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in research, a move opposed by the state’s research institutions and biohealth trade association.

The Heal Without Harm Coalition, comprised of Wisconsin Catholic Conference, Wisconsin Family Action, Pro-Life Wisconsin and Wisconsin Right to Life, held a press conference Tuesday calling for action on two bills.

One would prohibit anyone from knowingly acquiring or using fetal tissue from an abortion performed after Jan. 1, 2017. Under the bill, facilities that provide an abortion have to arrange for burial or internment of fetal remains. Those who violate the proposal would face a fine between $50,000 and $100,000.

The other proposal would require hospitals, birthing centers and other facilities to inform the mother in the case of a stillbirth or miscarriage that she may request the remains for burial or gift them for research.

If facilities fail to do so, they’re subject to a fine of between $5,000 and $10,000. Under the bill, the Department of Health Services would study the feasibility of developing a fetal tissue and umbilical cord blood bank.

The coalition says the bills will ensure research is ethical. But Cures for Tomorrow, a coalition that includes the Medical College of Wisconsin, UW Health and BioForward, warn that it could hurt research in the state. 

The bills, while circulated in spring, were assigned bill numbers and referred to appropriate committees in October.

“With a limited number of floor periods left this legislative session, time is truly of the essence,” the Health Without Harm Coalition said in a statement. “We know that leadership plans on concluding the Assembly’s business by January or February, which gives us little time for these bills to get out of committee and reach the floor of both the Assembly and Senate.”

The office of Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, did not return a request for comment to confirm leadership plans or to give a position on the bills before deadline.

Vos signed onto a separate bill that was introduced in February. That bill would prohibit people from acquiring any body part for research from a for-profit entity or abortion clinic. Those that violated the proposal could face a $50,000 penalty, up to nine months of imprisonment or both. 


Committee Assignments 

I am a member of the Assembly Committees on:

Health, Education,Environment and Forestry,Government Accountability and Oversight and Constitution and Ethics.  There are several important bills that have been referred to these committees that I will be learning more about and in some cases voting on. 

Health: AB 568, AB 582 and AB 560

Education: AB 569, AB 510 and AB 496

Environment and Forestry: AB 558, AB 537, and AB 264

Government Accountability and Oversight: AB 553, AB 527 and AB 327

Constitution and Ethics: AJR 11, AB 171, and AB 401

 

 Chiropractic Clinical Tools

My office is still working on getting a public hearing for SB 232.  While AB 260 passed through the Assembly Committee on Health and passed the Assembly Floor, there is still work to be done in the Senate.  I have reached out to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services to schedule a public hearing and an executive session.  We are working together to make sure that this bill, which gives parents the right to choose their primary care provider, can be heard by the public.  

 

 



   Constituent Outreach 

 I want to thank all the constituents I have met within the last couple months for talking to me about issues important to them.  I value constituent input, it helps me keep in touch and informed on the issues that are important to you. 

 

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Rep. Wichgers
State Capitol, 121 West
PO Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 534-0083 or (608) 266-3363
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