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October 11th, 2019

On Monday, legislative Democrats unveiled Forward Together, a list of priorities for the fall session that address the needs of Wisconsinites from every corner of the state. Democrats will continue to fight to lower health care costs, ensure financial stability, and address the drinking water crisis. While the GOP plans to limit legislative action and obstruct progress, Democrats remain focused on prioritizing the people of Wisconsin. Click here for the list of Democratic Legislative Priorities this fall.

Also, on Monday, Governor Evers issued pardons to four individuals. While former Governor Walker issued no pardons during his 8 years in office, Governor Evers is committed to giving deserving people a second chance.


Both the Senate and the Assembly held floor sessions this week. The Senate passed several bi-partisan bills that included preventing another backlog of untested sexual assault kits, requiring commercial driver's education classes to teach recognition and prevention of human trafficking, and ensuring health insurance coverage to surviving spouses and children of law enforcement officers. 

In a devious power grab, Assembly Republicans snuck in items that increased GOP control with some disability accommodations for Representative Jimmy Anderson. This comes after months of requests from Representative Anderson for reasonable accommodations in order to be able to serve his constituents, which are required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. 


Also in the Assembly, Legislators honored first responders from all 99 Assembly Districts as part Hometown Heroes. October is First Responder month in Wisconsin.

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals


Forward Together- Advancing Wisconsin's Priorities

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate conducted floor session on Tuesday, October 8th where they passed the following bills:

  • SB 60- time frame for reports for sexually violent persons petitioning for supervised release; and placement of sexually violent persons on supervised release (Passed-Voice Vote)
  • SB 71- Aids to counties and municipalities for certain special election costs and making an appropriation (Passed 33-0)
  • SB 86- Registration and operation of vehicles defined as autocycles (Passed 33-0)
  • SB 131- Self-insurance by religious sects for purposes of motor vehicle financial responsibility and liability insurance requirements (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 139- Sexual contact with an animal and providing a penalty (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 142- Late payment of tuition benefits for student veterans enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System or a technical college (Passed-Voice Hard) 
  • SB 158- Presumption and conclusive determination of paternity on the basis of genetic test results and orders that may be granted on the basis of genetic test result (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 160- The method for providing notice of a special meeting of a school board (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 169- Wetland mitigation banks, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 170- Allowing minors to operate temporary stands without a permit or license (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 188- Regulating hemp, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation (Passed 30-2)
  • SB 200- Storage and processing of sexual assault kits and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority (Passed-Voice Vote)
  • SB 203-Issuance by municipalities of alcohol beverage operator's license (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 217- Diabetes care and prevention plan (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 230- Teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 266- Requiring political subdivisions and Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation (Passed 33-0)
  • SB 269- Tax increment value reporting errors and property tax reimbursement (Passed 33-0)
  • SB 289- Notice of change in terms or premium amount for insurance policy renewal (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 296- Signs informing about Lyme disease in state parks, state trails, state recreational areas, and state forests and making an appropriation (Passed- 32-0)
  • SB 297- Making insect repellant available for sale in state parks and state forests (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 298- Department of Natural Resources' efforts to raise awareness about Lyme disease (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 300- Establishing a tick-borne disease study committee (Passed- Voice Vote
  • SB 304- Prohibited practices of motor vehicle manufacturers, importers, and distributors and providing a penalty (Voice Vote- 27-6) 
  • SB 320- Evidence of ownership for purposes of obtaining certain motor vehicle certificates of title (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 332- Tracking of sexual assault kits in sexual assault cases and making an appropriation (Passed 33-0)
  • SB 349-Requirements for devices that dispense gasoline-ethanol fuel blends (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 351-  A sales tax exemption for tangible personal property temporarily stored in this state (Passed- 25-8)
  • SB 362- A sales tax exemption for tangible personal property temporarily stored in this state (Passed- 29-4)
  • SB 391- Lengthening the time during which tax increments may be allocated and expenditures for project costs may be made and extending the maximum life for Tax Incremental Districts Number Three and Four in the village of Lake Delton (Passed 29-4)
  • SB 433- Designating the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway and directional signage for the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial and Education Center (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • SB 447- Supplemental transportation aids (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 22- Driver education instruction on human trafficking (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 51- The minority teacher loan program (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 52- A minor contracting for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 53- Pupil records (Passed- Voice Vote) 
  • AB 54- Fire, tornado, and school safety drills for public and private schools  (Passed- Voice Vote) 
  • AB 117- Submission of building permit applications for one-family and two-family dwellings (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 132- Electric bicycles and providing a penalty (Passed- Voice Vote) 
  • AB 141- Due dates for paying property taxes (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 143- Violations of the law relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork and providing a penalty (Passed- Voice Vote)
  •  AB 168- The requirement for stating name and address prior to voting (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 193- Authorizing a biennial budget procedure for political subdivisions (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 195- A license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority (Passed- Voice Vote)
  • AB 235- Exception from local levy limits for political subdivisions receiving certain utility aid payments (Passed- 32-1)
  • AB 285- Bidding procedures for highway improvements (Passed- 19-14)

The Senate also approved several appointments en masse. The Senate also approved the following cabinet secretaries:

  • Kathy Blumenfeld- Secretary of Department of Financial Institutions (Passed 33-0)
  • Joel Brennnan- Secretary of Department of Administration (Passed 33-0)
  • Peter Barca- Secretary of Department of Revenue (Passed 33-0)
  • Kevin Carr- Secretary of Department of Corrections (Passed 33-0)
  • Mary Kolar- Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs (Passed 33-0) 

The Senate also approved the following resolutions:

  • SJR 27- Electa Quinney Day
  • SJR 56- Honoring the life and service of Glen Moberg
  • SJR 62-Honoring the life and public service of Representative Edward A. Brooks
  • SJR 66- Recognizing October 28, 2019, as First Responders Appreciation Day
  • SJR 67- Honoring the life and public service of Dennis Burns
  • SJR 69- Recognizing the contributions of the 115th Fighter Wing and showing support for basing F-35As at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin
  • AJR 48- Supporting atomic veterans, their spouses, and dependents in receiving medical care and disability compensation

The floor schedule for October 8th can be viewed here. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

Senate Committees

Committee on Health and Human Services
The committee will held a public hearing on the following: Mark Jinkins- Public Member on the Psychology Examining Board; John Greany-  Physical Therapist on the Physical Therapy Examining Board; Shana Weiss-  Public Member on the Pharmacy Examining Board; Lisa Yee- Marriage and Family Therapist on the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; Megan Jackson- Marriage and Family Therapist on the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; Candace Coates- Public School Representative on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Bryan Bee- a Nursing Home Administrator on the Nursing Home Administrator Examining Board; Edward Porter- Professional Member on the Cemetery Board; Andrea Simon-  a Professional Counselor on the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; Senate Bill 259-  trauma-informed care position grants and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 390-ratification of the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 380- coverage of services under Medical Assistance provided through telehealth and other technologies, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. 

The committee held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 103-  hours of instructional program for nurse aides (Passed 3-2); Assembly Bill 76- hours of instructional program for nurse aides (Passed 3-2)

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Michael Friedman-  Accountant on the Accounting Examining Board; Senate Bill 45- creating individual and corporate income and franchise tax deductions for tuition paid for apprenticeship programs; Senate Bill 116- reducing the eligibility threshold to claim the veterans and surviving spouses property tax credit; Senate Bill 387-  including crop insurance proceeds in the manufacturing and agricultural tax credit; Senate Bill 438-  the priority of a mortgage executed to an institution chartered by the federal Farm Credit Administration; Senate Bill 457-  P.O.D. accounts and loan obligations to financial institutions; the duty of a bank to make payment on a lost, destroyed, or stolen cashier's check, teller's check, or certified check; providing temporary authority to act as a mortgage loan originator while a license application is pending; property subject to garnishment or tax levy in possession of a financial institution; entities that provide to financial institutions electronic data processing services; loans to state banks by a Federal Home Loan Bank; and consolidating the Banking Review Board and Savings Institutions Review Board in the Department of Financial Institutions.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

 

The Assembly conducted a floor session on Thursday, October 10, passing the following:

  • Assembly Resolution 12, relating to: the assembly rules
  • Assembly Resolution 7, relating to: proclaiming September 2019 as Workforce Development Month
  • Assembly Resolution 8, relating to: recognizing October 10, 2019 as World Mental Health Day
  • Assembly Resolution 9, relating to: proclaiming October 20 to 26, 2019, as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week
  • Assembly Resolution 10, relating to: honoring the public service of Police Chief Mike Koval
  • Assembly Resolution 11, relating to: proclaiming October 10, 2019, as World Homeless Day
  • Senate Joint Resolution 27, relating to: proclaiming November 1 as Electa Quinney Day in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 50, relating to: proclaiming November 1 as Electa Quinney Day in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 78, relating to: commending emergency response personnel across the state for their work during the July 2019 severe weather incidents
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 83, relating to: recognizing and proclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean
  • Senate Joint Resolution 66, relating to: recognizing October 28, 2019, as First Responders Appreciation Day in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 85, relating to: recognizing October 28, 2019, as First Responders Appreciation Day in Wisconsin
  • Senate Joint Resolution 69, relating to: recognizing the contributions of the 115th Fighter Wing and showing support for basing F-35As at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 88, relating to: recognizing the contributions of the 115th Fighter Wing and showing support for basing F-35As at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 89, relating to: commending and congratulating Mark Hogan on his retirement
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 90, relating to: recognizing October 2019 as Bullying Prevention Month
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 91, relating to: designating September 2019 and 2020 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 92, relating to: declaring September 8 to 14, 2019, as Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Bill 112, relating to: eligibility of Washington Island Observer newspaper to receive compensation for publication of legal notices and the content of affidavits of printing filed as evidence of publication
  • Assembly Bill 186, relating to: allowing minors to operate temporary stands without a permit or license
  • Assembly Bill 189, relating to: transferability of courses between the University of Wisconsin System, technical college system, and tribally controlled and private colleges
  • Assembly Bill 300, relating to: requiring political subdivisions and Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation
  • Assembly Bill 325, relating to: harbor assistance grant for the city of Green Bay and making an appropriation
  • Assembly Bill 426, relating to:  trespassing on the property of an energy provider and providing a penalty
  • Assembly Bill 427, relating to: emergency medical services programs
  • Assembly Bill 451, relating to: designating the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway and directional signage for the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial and Education Center
  • Assembly Bill 453, relating to: lengthening the time during which tax increments may be allocated and expenditures for project costs may be made and extending the maximum life for Tax Incremental Districts Number Three and Four in the village of Lake Delton
  • Assembly Bill 469, relating to: a nonrefundable volunteer fire fighters and emergency responders tax credit; Assembly Bill 471, relating to: grants for Next Generation 911 and granting rule-making authority
  • Assembly Bill 472, relating to: an exception from local levy limits for certain amounts levied for charges assessed by a joint emergency medical services department
  • Senate Bill 170, relating to: allowing minors to operate temporary stands without a permit or license
  • Senate Bill 266, relating to: requiring political subdivisions and Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation
  • Senate Bill 391, relating to: lengthening the time during which tax increments may be allocated and expenditures for project costs may be made and extending the maximum life for Tax Incremental Districts Number Three and Four in the village of Lake Delton
  • Senate Bill 433, relating to: designating the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway and directional signage for the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial and Education Center.

The floor schedule for October 10th can be viewed here. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

 

Assembly Committees 

Committee on Transportation
The Committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, October 8 where members discussed Assembly Bill 78 relating to: registration and operation of vehicles defined as autocycles. The Committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard a testimony on Assembly Bill 486, relating to: supplemental transportation aids.

Committee on Rules
The Committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, October 8 where the members scheduled the Calendar for Thursday, October 10.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families
The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 165-  transferability of courses between the University of Wisconsin System, technical college system, and tribally controlled and private colleges; Senate Bill 205-  transferring academic credits from military transcripts to University of Wisconsin System schools and technical colleges; Senate Bill 334- requirements for colleges when service member students are called into active duty; Senate Bill 308- waiting period for marriage after divorce judgment. 

Committee on  Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 482- various changes to insurance laws; SJR 59-  prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures

Committee on Education
The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 415- the timing of equalization aid payments to school districts; Senate Bill 413-  a shared services aid program for school districts, granting rulemaking authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 412-  a whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 409- grants for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 408- counting pupils enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten; Senate Bill 138-  professional development training in character education for teachers, pupil service professionals, principals, and school district administrators, granting rulemaking authority, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 194- requirements for initial licensure as a special education teacher; Assembly Bill 110-  developing a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions.

Assembly Committees

Committee on Jobs and the Economy

The Committee will hold an Informational Hearing on Wednesday, October 16 regarding Economic impact of Wisconsin’s Aviation Industry, Pilot Training and Aviation Infrastructure.

Committee on Local Government
The Committee will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, October 16 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 113, relating to: buying and selling water pollution credits through a central clearinghouse; and Assembly Bill 256 relating to: limiting condemnation payments made by a county or a re-development or community development authority. The Committee will also hold a Public Hearing where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 293, relating to: online notaries public and electronic notarizations, granting rulemaking authority, and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 327, relating to: obtaining evidence of the termination of certain property interests of a decedent; Assembly Bill 360, relating to: elections to a lake protection and rehabilitation district board of commissioners; Assembly Bill 490, relating to: changes to the local levy limit calculation for a political subdivision that transfers responsibility to provide a governmental service to another governmental unit; and Assembly Bill 365, relating to: the use of automated speed enforcement systems and traffic control photographic systems in a first class city and providing a penalty.

Committee on Health
The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 16 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 287, relating to: certifications for advance directives and findings of incapacity related to powers of attorney for health care; Assembly Bill 462, relating to: right to specific staffing arrangements for certain patients in an intensive treatment program; Assembly Bill 313, relating to: establishing a tick-borne disease study committee; Assembly Bill 314, relating to: increasing the number of authorized positions for the Department of Health Services and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 317, relating to: Department of Natural Resources' efforts to raise awareness about Lyme disease.

Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety
The Committee will hold an Executive Session on Thursday, October 17 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 175, relating to: causing bodily harm to a nurse and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 198, relating to: battery or threat to a probation, extended supervision, and parole agent; a community supervision agent; or an aftercare agent or a family member of the agent and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 308, relating to: pepper spray and CS gel substances; and Assembly Bill 350, relating to: money laundering and providing a penalty. The Committee will also hold a Public Hearing where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 152, relating to: sexual contact with an animal and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 352, creating a sexual assault victim bill of rights; and Assembly Bill 379, relating to: time limits for certain offenses related to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.

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