November 24, 2017

Despite limited state legislative activity this week, Congressional Republicans continued to advance a controversial tax package that would cut taxes for the wealthiest one percent while increasing taxes on students, teachers, farmers, seniors and homeowners. Thousands of Wisconsin families will end up paying higher taxes under the Republican plan while corporations and individuals earning over $2.5 million a year would see the largest benefit. The proposal, backed by Gov. Scott Walker and Rep. Paul Ryan, would add more than $1.5 trillion to the national deficit.

Democrats have argued for a better deal that prioritizes the middle class rather than additional tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy. With growing income inequality and record-setting corporate profits, Democrats want to improve tax fairness and target tax relief to seniors and working families – including those squeezed by rising health care costs, childcare expenses and student loan debt.

For more on Democratic solutions and upcoming legislative committee activity, see below.

Health Care Survey

The Affordable Care Act has helped tens of millions of Americans gain access to affordable health care and has saved countless lives. Recent Republican efforts would increase the number of uninsured Americans, eliminate patient protections and significantly raise out-of-pocket costs on working families and seniors. Wisconsin Democrats are fighting to maintain and expand healthcare. Please share you health care story and thoughts on the Affordable Care Act. 

Click on the link below to share your thoughts on our health care system:

Wisconsin Democrats Health Care Survey

What Democrats Are Saying

​ Democratic Proposals

LRB4259 Personal Hygiene Products for Inmates (Rep. Pope, Sen. Johnson) would require a correctional facility to provide feminine hygiene products to an inmate of a jail, prison or juvenile correctional facility free of charge and in accordance with the inmate's personal health care needs.

LRB0422 Surgical “Black Box” Bill or “Julie’s Law” (Rep. Sinicki) would create a requirement for hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, or any other places where surgical procedures are performed to offer surgical patients the option to have their surgical procedures and discharge instructions videotaped.

LRB3972 Mandatory Health Care Pricing Disclosers (Rep. Stuck) would make changes to the pricing disclosures required from certain health care providers and hospitals.

LRB4882 Funding for Bilingual-Bicultural Education Programs (Rep. Zamarripa, Sen. Carpenter) would provide additional funding to the Department of Public Instruction for bilingual-bicultural education programs in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 fiscal years.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate did not hold a floor period this week. The fall legislative session has ended and the Senate is next scheduled to reconvene in 2018.

Senate Committees

There were no committee meetings held in the Senate this week.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session

The Assembly was not scheduled for a floor period this week. The scheduled floor periods for the session are available here.

Assembly Committees

Assembly Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on AB 587, which would require the Department of Natural Resources to identify and repeal all administrative rules promulgated by DNR that relate to the regulation of air pollutants that are not regulated under federal law. The bill also provides that any rule promulgated by DNR that relates to the regulation of an air pollutant that is not regulated under federal law expires ten years after the rule takes effect. AB 588, which would prohibit the funding and use of the Sheboygan Kohler-Andrae air quality monitor.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Senate Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Senate Bill 506, Assembly Bill 461, Senate Bill 372, Assembly Bill 464, Senate Bill 376, Assembly Bill 490, Senate Bill 401, Senate Bill 508, and Senate Bill 509.

Assembly Committees

Assembly Committee on Corrections
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on AB 539.

Assembly Committee on Environment and Forestry
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on AB 558 and AB 599.

Assembly Committee on Health
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on AB 522, AB 582, AB 608 and AB 627.

Assembly Committee on Ways and Means
The committee will hold an Executive Session on AB 495 and a Public Hearing on AB 600 and AB 659.

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