Natural Immunity;Floor Update;March for Life

 

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In This Issue

  1. COVID-19 Natural Immunity Legislation
  2. Assembly Floor Session 
  3. March for Life
  4. Governor's Business Plan Contest
  5. In the District - Costa Rican Exchange Students
  6. Contacting My Office

COVID-19 Natural Immunity Legislation

On January 13th, the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics, which I am the chairman, voted on legislation - Assembly Bill 675 - that requires employers to accept documentation of natural immunity to COVID-19 in lieu of proof of vaccination or regular testing. The bill passed out of committee on a 6-3 vote and will now be voted on by the full Assembly on January 25th. The Senate companion bill (SB 662) had a public hearing on January 11th and a vote on January 20th, and is awaiting a full vote in the Senate.

Schools and employers have always accepted natural immunity as a defense against a communicable illness. For example, having contracted chicken pox, and thus, developing a natural immunity, works just as well as a vaccine as a sufficient form of immunity to varicella. COVID-19 should be treated the same. Individuals who have had COVID-19 and can document a positive test, or a test showing antibodies to the illness should not be discriminated against. Various scientific studies are still coming out showing the positive effect of natural immunity in preventing transmission of COVID-19. This fact was brought up in testimony and I appreciated the information.

Assembly Floor Session

This past Thursday, the Assembly took up a large number of bills - many of which have been on the minds of constituents who have contacted my office. 

Here are a few of the bills that passed the Assembly last week:

Assembly Bill 86 - Alternative Health Care

This will allow Wisconsinites who prefer to utilize alternative health care practices the confidence in knowing the practitioners treating them are following state law. Under this bill, complementary health care providers would be required to provide written disclosure acknowledging they are not licensed health care providers, a description of services provided, and a list of qualifications.
Passed on a bipartisan voice vote. 

AB 495 - Firearm possession

The bill ensures that individuals who possess a concealed carry permit do not accidently violate state law when picking up or dropping off a child in their school parking lot.

According to data prepared by the Office of Court Operations, between 2015 and 2019, fifty-four Wisconsinites were charged with a Class I felony, for the possession of a firearm on the grounds of the school. This statistic is an excellent reason why current law must be changed. Law-abiding citizens should be afforded the right to protect themselves and their families.
Passed on a bipartisan voice vote.

AB 518 - Concealed Carry 

This will permit that an out-of-state resident may go armed with a concealed weapon in the same manner as a Wisconsin licensee if the out-of-state resident has a valid license issued by another state.
Passed on a bipartisan voice vote.

AB 529 - Naturopathic Doctors

Naturopathic Doctors are regulated in 25 states and jurisdictions. This bill adds Wisconsin and defines the qualifications to practice within a scope of training for naturopathic doctors. In addition, it establishes a Naturopathic Medicine Examining Board, which determines and upholds the ethical standards of the practice of naturopathic medicine. 
Passed on a bipartisan voice vote.

AB 717 - Income Tax Exemption

This bill will conform WI tax law to federal tax law in the treatment of grants under the Restaurant Revitalization Fund grant. These grants were distributed due to COVID-19 protection measures over a year ago. The state will forgo collecting taxes on these businesses that were hit so hard by COVID lockdowns.  
Passed on a bipartisan voice vote.


March for Life

Tens of thousands of people traveled to Washington, D.C., for the annual March for Life on Friday, January 21st. The march is widely attended by young people traveling from across the country by bus, plane, and car to protest the infamous Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision which, along with its companion case Doe v. Bolton, decriminalized abortion for all nine months of pregnancy for any reason.


Pro-life advocates might be attending the last March for Life if the Supreme Court overturns Roe and rules in the recently heard Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization whereby abortion laws will return to state jurisdiction. 


Governor's Business Plan Contest

Entrepreneurs, business owners, teams, are invited to submit entries for the Governor's Business Plan Contest. Ideas can be submitted in one of four categories: Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology, and Life Sciences.

This year, experienced mentors, as well as judges of the contest are available to give valuable feedback to contestants looking to start a business. Residents 18 years and older are eligible. You can learn more about the contest here.


In the District

I was happy to host exchange students from Costa Rica at the Capitol and explain how the legislative process works on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The students are spending a month in Wisconsin and staying with families in Muskego and Mukwonago.

If you are a high school student who wants to travel to Costa Rica or if you would like to host a student from Costa Rica please visit this website: https://costaricafrika.com/

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your time in Wisconsin!


Contacting My Office

My Capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.