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November 22, 2019

This week, Governor Tony Evers signed the following bills into law:

  • Assembly Bill 137, which makes vaccines more accessible.
  • Assembly Bill 52, which allows 17-year-olds who are homeless and unaccompanied by a parent or guardian to contract for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program if they are not already under the supervision of a social service agency
  • Assembly Bill 427, which ensures emergency workers are providing the best health care to patients based on the situation. 
  • Assembly Bill 471, which establishes a new grant program for 9-1-1 service upgrades.
  • Assembly Bill 22, which requires educational training on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking for commercial truck drivers. 
  • Assembly Bill 132, which creates a definition for electric bicycles and provides a regulatory framework for rider safety. 
  • Assembly Bill 426, which aims to protect worker's safety and property, while also protecting the right to free speech and the right to assembly.
  • Assembly  Bill 73, which ends the Miller Park tax.
  • Assembly Bill 58, which allows a plaintiff to serve a government entity via hand-delivered personal service, in addition to certified mail.
  • Assembly Bill 59, which allows attorneys to communicate with clients and other attorneys with consent via e-mail.
  • Assembly Bill 17, which establishes a 5-year minimum sentence for an OWI homicide.
  • Assembly Bill 112, which expands the definition of a newspaper to include the Washington Island Observer.
  • Assembly Bill 51, which modifies the eligibility criteria for the minority teacher loan program. 
  • Assembly Bill 38, which adjusts research contract requirements for University of Wisconsin System employees.
  • Senate Bill 269, also known as the Verona Tax Incremental Financing Districts (TID) bill,  allows the excess collections on the TID to be transferred to the general fund to reimburse taxpayers for the higher property tax rates imposed on them due to this error
  • Assembly Bill 117, which relates to the submission of building permit applications for one-family and two-family dwellings.
  • Assembly Bill 54, which allows a public or private school to provide warning to students before a fire, tornado, or school safety incident drill.
  • Assembly Bill 189, requires more credits to be transferable between UW-System and Technical colleges. 
  • Senate Bill 142, which prohibits any University of Wisconsin System institution or Wisconsin technical college from penalizing attending veterans, military service members, or eligible dependent for late tuition payments by the federal government
  • Assembly Bill 141, which relates to due dates for paying property taxes.
  • Assembly Bill 143, which relates to violations of the law relating to the practice of massage therapy or bodywork and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 193, which authorizes a biennial budget procedure for political subdivisions.
  • Assembly Bill 195, which relates to a license to teach based on reciprocity.
  • Assembly Bill 235, which relates to an exception from local levy limits for political subdivisions receiving certain utility aid payments.

What Democrats are Saying 

​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 4916 Designating and marking the Ho-Chunk World War II Code Talkers Memorial Highway (Sen. Smith, Sen. Erpenbach, Sen. Shilling, Rep. Considine, Rep. Milroy, Rep. Goyke, Rep. Kolste, Rep. Myers, Rep. Vruwink, Rep. Zamarripa, Rep. Shankand)

LRB 4335 Hospital-based behavioral health crisis management grant and making an appropriation (Sen. Schachtner): This proposal will extend the Emergency Department Behavioral Health Tele-Video Program (EDBHTV Program) at Hudson hospital so it can reach self-sufficiency and help meet behavioral health needs in Western Wisconsin. 

LRB 3588 Declaring December 8, 2019, to be General Vang Pao Day in Wisconsin (Rep. Brostoff)

LRB 1028 Extension of BadgerCare Plus benefits for certain postpartum women and making an appropriation (Rep. Kolste, Sen. Shilling, Rep. Billings, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Vining, Rep. Anderson, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Schachtner): This proposal will extend Medical Assistance coverage for substance abuse-related health services for postpartum women up to one year, ensuring continuity of treatment for the women who need it most.

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 Health and Human Service
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 503-implementing a suicide prevention program and making an appropriation. Senate Bill 504-grants for suicide prevention programming and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 543- grants related to preventing suicide by firearm and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 489- allowing reimbursement of certain expenses for patients participating in cancer clinical trials; Senate Bill 514- practicing as a physician assistant or nurse while performing official duties for the armed services or federal health services; Senate Bill 254- certifications for advance directives and findings of incapacity related to powers of attorney for health care; Senate Bill 286- permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.  

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations
The committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 541- reports on bills requiring occupational licenses; Senate Bill 518-  requirements for funeral director apprenticeships and licenses, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; Senate Bill 546- the practice of physical therapy students and physical therapist assistant students and granting rule-making authority. 

Committee on Education
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 414- incorporating cursive writing into the state model English language arts standards and requiring cursive writing in elementary grades; Senate Bill 496- requiring that student identification cards include contact information for suicide prevention hotlines; Senate Bill 498- grants to support peer-to-peer suicide prevention programs in high schools, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 527-  the seclusion and physical restraint of pupils.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

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

Assembly Committees 

Committee on the Judiciary
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Assembly Bill 479- expediting criminal proceedings when a victim or witness is an elder person and preserving the testimony of a crime victim or witness who is an elder person; Assembly Bill 512- a Public Defender Board student loan payment pilot program, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 514- Public Defender Board regulation

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

There are no committees meetings scheduled for next week. 

Assembly Committees

There are no committees meetings scheduled for next week. 

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