600x192_logo (1).png
  

Contents

October 18th, 2019

This week, Governor Evers signed bipartisan legislation that ensures families of fallen state and local law enforcement officers and EMS first responders continue to receive healthcare insurance coverage after the loss of a loved one in the line of duty. This legislation honors the heroes that keep our communities safe and ensure that their families have the support they deserve during tragic times.

On Thursday, Gov. Evers issued an executive order that creates the Governor's Task Force on Climate Change. This is a major step to develop sustainable science-based solutions to combat the climate crisis. The Task Force brings together agriculture, business, health, education and environmental stakeholders in order to lead Wisconsin into the future to become a healthier, safer, and more economic prosperous state. 

Also this week, Gov. Evers announced the election dates of a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. 
The election will occur on May 12th, 2020. A primary will occur on February 18th, 2020. The timing of the election is to ensure that the people of Northern Wisconsin have representation in Congress as soon as possible.

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 3658- Expanding veterans benefits to individuals who served in Laos in support of the United States during the Vietnam War (Rep. Stuck, Rep. Stubbs, Sen. Shilling): This bill expands the definition of “veteran” to include individuals who were naturalized pursuant to the Hmong Veterans' Naturalization Act of 2000 or individuals who the secretary of Veterans Affairs has determined served honorably with a special guerrilla unit or irregular forces operating from a base in Laos in support of the armed forces of the United States. 

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate did not conduct a floor session this week. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

Senate Committees

Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families
The committee held 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 (Passed 6-1); Senate Bill 205-  transferring academic credits from military transcripts to University of Wisconsin System schools and technical colleges (Passed 7-0); Senate Bill 334- requirements for colleges when service member students are called into active duty (Passed 7-0); Senate Bill 308- waiting period for marriage after divorce judgment. 


Committee on  Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee held 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 held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 415- the timing of equalization aid payments to school districts (Passed 9-0); Senate Bill 413-  a shared services aid program for school districts, granting rulemaking authority, and making an appropriation (Passed 9-0); Senate Bill 412-  a whole grade sharing categorical aid for school boards and making an appropriation (Passed 9-0); Senate Bill 409- grants for feasibility studies of school district consolidation or whole grade sharing and making an appropriation (Passed 9-0); Senate Bill 408- counting pupils enrolled in four-year-old kindergarten (Passed 8-1); 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 (Passed 7-2); Assembly Bill 194- requirements for initial licensure as a special education teacher (Passed 9-0); Assembly Bill 110-  developing a guidebook related to dyslexia and related conditions (Passed 8-1). 

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue, and Financial Institution
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 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 did not conduct a floor session. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

Assembly Committees 

Committee on Jobs and the Economy

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

Committee on Local Government
The Committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, October 16 where members discussed 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 also held a Public Hearing where members heard 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 held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 16 where members heard 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 held an Executive Session on Thursday, October 17 where members discussed 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  also held a Public Hearing where members heard 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.

Committee on Insurance
The Committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, October 17 where members discussed Assembly Bill 305, relating to: notice of change in terms or premium amount for insurance policy renewal; Assembly Bill 340, relating to: evidence of ownership for purposes of obtaining certain motor vehicle certificates of title; Assembly Bill 357, relating to: regulation of public adjusters and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 289, relating to: notice of change in terms or premium amount for insurance policy renewal; and Senate Bill 320, relating to: evidence of ownership for purposes of obtaining certain motor vehicle certificates of title. The Committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 140, relating to: self-insurance by religious sects for purposes of motor vehicle financial responsibility and liability insurance requirements; Assembly Bill 550, relating to: various changes to insurance laws; and Senate Bill 131, relating to: self-insurance by religious sects for purposes of motor vehicle financial responsibility and liability insurance requirements.


Committee on Colleges and Universities
The Committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, October 17 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 452, relating to: the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-Action Recovery and Identification Project and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 524, relating to: farmer tuition assistance grants and making an appropriation.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Transportation, Veterans, Military Affairs
The Committee will hold an executive session on Senate Bill 295- harbor assistance grant for the city of Green Bay and making an appropriation and Senate Bill 369-  federal emergency management assistance payments to municipalities

The committee will also hold public hearing on Darrell Williams- Administrator of the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management; Senate Bill 190- driver school offices in private residences; Senate Bill 446- the University of Wisconsin Missing-in-Action Recovery and Identification Project and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 465- grants for Next Generation 911 and granting rule-making authority.

Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following: Melissa Hughes- Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Henry Newell- Private Sector Representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; John Brogan- Private Sector Representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Rebecca Cooke- Private Sector Representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Joe Kirgues- Private Sector Representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation; Thelma Sias-  Private Sector Representative on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
The committee will hold a executive session on the following: William Smith-  a Northern Area Representative on the Natural Resources Board


Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee will hold an executive session 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 Judiciary and Public Safety 
The committee will hold a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 368- money laundering and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 235- related to stalking; Senate Bill 301-  the availability of information on crimes through the consolidated court automation programs; Senate Bill 386- trespassing on the property of an energy provider and providing a penalty; John Tate II- Chair of the Parole Commission.  

Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee will hold a public hearing on the following: Benjamin Wedro- Doctor-Medicine on the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board; Carl Kugler- Public Member on the Chiropractic Examining Board; Senate Bill 500- certificates to practice respiratory care; Senate Bill 434- emergency medical services programs; Senate Bill 177- mental health clinical consultations under the Medical Assistance program and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 416-
reimbursement rates under the Medical Assistance program for home health care services

The committee will also hold an executive session on the following: Mark Jinkins- Public Member on the Psychology Examining Board; John Greany- Physical Therapist on the Physical Therapy Examining Board; Sana 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- a Public School Representative on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Candance Coates- a Public School Representative on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Bryan Bee-  Nursing Home Administrator on the Nursing Home Administrator Examining Board; Edward Porter III- Professional Member on the Cemetery Board; Andrea Simon-  Professional Counselor on the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; 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; Senate Bill 28- direct primary care agreements

Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
The committee will hold an executive session on Senate Bill 44- grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses and making an appropriation.

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions
The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Michael Friedman- Accountant on the Accounting Examining Board; 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. 

Assembly Committees

Committee on Family Law

The Committee will hold an Executive Session on Tuesday, October 22 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 103, relating to: eliminating administrative rule limitation on recovery of birth costs.

Committee on Local Government

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 22 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 527, relating to: grants related to preventing suicide by firearm and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 530, relating to: grants for suicide prevention programming and making an appropriation.

Committee on Community Development

The Committee will hold an Informational Hearing on Wednesday, October 23 where members will hear testimony on Wisconsin's workforce housing as it relates to community development, including property taxes, housing affordability, and urban planning.

Committee on Children and Families

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 23 where members will hear testimony on Clearinghouse Rule 19-070, relating to: the administrative enforcement of interest on child support; Clearinghouse Rule 19-089 relating to: child care certification and licensing updates related to the child care development block grant and streamlining; and Clearinghouse Rule 18-098, relating to: substance use disorder specialty authorization.

Committee on Sporting Heritage

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 23 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 239, relating to: placing, possessing, or transporting a bow or crossbow in or on a motorboat, vehicle, all-terrain vehicle, or utility terrain vehicle; and Assembly Bill 414, relating to: the fee for a first-time annual fishing license for residents who are 16 or 17 years old or who are 65 years old or older.

Committee on Science and Technology

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, October 23 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 264, relating to: the use of a surveillance device by an owner of real estate in connection with the sale of the real estate and providing a penalty.

Committee on Consumer Protection

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday , October 24 where members hear testimony on Assembly Bill 335, relating to: prohibited practices of motor vehicle manufacturers, importers, and distributors and providing a penalty; and Assembly Bill 345, relating to: immunity for motor vehicle sellers.

Committee on Judiciary

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, October 24 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 356, relating to: intoxicated operation of all-terrain vehicles, utility terrain vehicles, off-highway motorcycles, snowmobiles, and motorboats and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 222, relating to: revocation of operating privilege for certain offenses related to operating while intoxicated; Assembly Bill 257, relating to: withholding from a Wisconsin Retirement System lump sum payment or annuity to satisfy an order of restitution; and Assembly Bill 478, relating to: prohibiting a judge from holding a nonjudicial office of public trust while serving in the office to which the judge was appointed or elected.

Sign Up For Under the Dome Below!
button.jpg


 To view updated committee notices, visit the legislative website and click on Committee Schedule: Wisconsin State Legislature.

 The State Capitol Update is provided by the Senate and Assembly Democratic Caucuses. For additional information, please send an email to WisconsinDemocrats@legis.wi.gov or call toll free: 1.800.385.3385.