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February 1, 2019

 

A recent report revealed that Foxconn has changed the scale and scope of the project in southeast Wisconsin. Legislators are monitoring the situation and want to ensure accountability protections for Wisconsin’s communities and workers. 

 

This week, Senate Democrats introduced The Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill that would safeguard children, families, and seniors. This bill urges immediate action to protect vital health care services and coverage. While Republicans have done everything in their power to undermine the healthcare marketplace, limit access to coverage and protect the profits of wealthy insurance executives, Democrats are committed to putting the health and well-being of Wisconsin residents first.

What Democrats Are Saying 

 
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB1319- Stop Unlimited Contributions Act (Rep. Sargent) - Related to limiting the contributions that an individual may make to a political party or legislative campaign committee to the amounts that an individual may make under current law to a candidate committee. The bill also limits the contributions that a political party or legislative campaign committee may make to a candidate committee to the amounts that an individual may make under current law to a candidate committee. 

LRB1088- Sensible Limits Bill (Sen. Larson and Rep. Sargent) - Related to limiting contributions to no more than $10,000. The candidate self-funding allowance would still exist. Further this proposal will eliminate the segregated fund shell game that has allowed political parties and legislative campaign committees to avoid donation limits.

LRB1089- Restoring Reasonable Limits Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Sargent) - Related to decreasing the individual and candidate committee contribution limit from $20,000 to $10,000 for statewide candidates.

LRB1090- Special Interests Limitations Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Sinicki) - Related to reducing by half the donation limits on political action committee contributions to candidates.

LRB1091- Close the PAC Loophole Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Anderson) - Related to defining a Political Action Committee as a committee that includes a person, other than an individual, that spends more than $1,000 in a 12-month period on expenditures for express advocacy, expenditures made to support or defeat a referendum, and contributions made to a candidate committee, legislative campaign committee, or political party.

LRB1093- Coordination Control Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Anderson) - Related to placing the same financial limits on coordinated expenditures between candidates and groups as are currently in place for direct contributions. This bill also defines mass communication related to campaigns and creates new definitions for coordination that apply to expenditures for express advocacy and to expenditures for a mass communication.

LRB1094- No Corporate Campaign Bribes Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Brostoff) - Related to amending our statues to prohibit a corporation, cooperative association, labor organization, or federally recognized American Indian Tribes from making contributions to segregated funds established and administered by a political party or legislative campaign committee.

LRB1095- Contribution Sunshine Act (Sen. Larson and Rep. Brostoff) - Related to restoring the requirement of the disclosure of any donor’s place of employment at the $100 and up level.

LRB0568- Safe Harbor for Trafficked Youth (Rep. Billings, Rep. Steineke, Sen. Darling, and Sen. Johnson) - Related to granting child victims of sex trafficking immunity from prosecution for prostitution charges.

LRB1448- Comprehensive Health Care Protection Bill (Sen. Erpenbach) - Related to ensuring health care protections under the Affordable Care Act.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate did not conduct a floor session this week. The next floor session is likely February 12th. The entire floor session calendar can be found here. 

 

Senate Committees

There were no committee hearings or meeting this week in the Senate.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session

The Assembly did not conduct a floor session this week. The next floor session is likely February 12th. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

 

Assembly Committees

There were no committee hearings or meeting this week in the Assembly.

 

Joint Committees

The Joint Legislative Audit Committee Public Hearing was cancelled due to inclement weather.

 

Study Committees

Study Committee on Bail and Conditions of Pretrial

The Committee held a study meeting on LRB 0850- relating to release of a person accused of a crime prior to conviction, LRB 0852- relating to pretrial detention, LRB 0923- relating to the factors to consider when setting conditions for pretrial release, LRB 1225- relating to modification of bail in a criminal action, submitted by Representative Evan Goyke for consideration, LRB 1261- relating to country study of policies and practices related to prosecutions for bail jumping.

 

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions

The committee will hold a public hearing and an informational hearing

 

Assembly Committees

Assembly Committee on Ways and Means

The committee will hold a public hearing

 

Assembly Committee on Agriculture

The committee will hold an information hearing.

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