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February 14th, 2020

Last week, Governor Evers called for a special session on public education that would invest heavily in Wisconsin's public schools. The special session began on Tuesday, without participation from the Republicans. The Governor’s proposal makes critical investments in school districts across the state while providing $130 million in property tax relief. Republicans continue to refuse to take up provisions that prioritize public schools and the future of our state.

In a Joint Finance Committee (JFC) hearing this week, Republicans abandoned a plan to close the Lincoln Hills Juvenile facility, which has seen numerous safety problems over the past few years under the previous administration. The plan outlined by Department of Corrections Secretary, Kevin Carr, funds two new state-run facilities to replace Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls. This plan will improve the safety and well-being of staff and children by building a sustainable system with programming and prevention services. Democrats offered a plan to fully fund the necessary improvements for Wisconsin's juvenile justice system. 

The Assembly held a session this Tuesday. See below for details. The Senate plans on being in session next week.

Also, a reminder that the Spring primary election is this upcoming Tuesday, February 18th. Reach out to your municipal clerk or go to myvote.wi.gov for more information. 

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 4002 Grants to school districts to pay student teachers an hourly wage, granting rule-making authority (Sen. Larson, Sen. Johnson, Rep. Pope): This legislation provides compensation to those in the only career path that requires unpaid employment prior to entering the field.

LRB 3400 When motor vehicle lamps are required to be lighted (Rep. Spreitzer): This bill aims to encourage drivers to develop better habits for headlight usage.

LRB 5656 Proclaiming March 2020 as Women's History Month (Rep. Zamarripa, Rep. Taylor, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Sinicki, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Schachtner, Sen. Taylor)

LRB 2501 “Democracy and Transparency Act” Bill Package- Special Registration Deputies (Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Cabrera, Sen. Larson): This bill would reinstate the powers of SRDs so that Wisconsin can pick up where it left off, making sure every eligible voter has a chance to represent their communities and be heard at the ballot box

LRB 2516 “Democracy and Transparency Act” Bill Package- The definition of political action committee for campaign finance purposes, public financing of campaigns, and making an appropriation  (Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Cabrera, Rep. Anderson, Sen. Larson):  This bill would redefine “Political Action Committee (PAC)” to include any group that spends more than $1,000 in a 12 month period on donations to parties or candidates, or towards advocacy for or against candidates or a referendum.

LRB 2556 “Democracy and Transparency Act” Bill Package- Closing state offices and not holding University of Wisconsin System classes on election days (Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Cabrera, Rep. Crowley, Sen. Larson): This bill designates both the spring election and the fall election as official state holidays in order to increase voter access

LRB 2556 Imposing disclosure and billing requirements for certain health care providers, creating an arbitration process, and granting rule-making authority. (Sen. Smith, Rep. Kolste): This bill will establish a process to resolve cases of surprise medical bills. This bill creates a practice for patients to understand their in-network providers and have a good-faith estimate of their healthcare costs. Additionally, this bill establishes an arbitration process to resolve surprise medical bills through an independent dispute resolution entity. 

LRB 5220 Overtime pay for individuals employed at motion picture theaters (Rep. Zamarripa, Rep. Sinicki): This bill requires employers of employees in motion picture theaters to pay those employees overtime pay and to pay those employees overtime pay on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

LRB 5099 Relating to a fishing license for a child with a disability (Rep. Shankland, Rep. Petryk, Rep. Billings, Sen. Wirch): This bill provides children with disabilities the opportunity to fish without purchasing a license, waiving the license fee. 

LRB 5385 Equality of rights on the basis of sex, gender identity, race, color, sexual orientation, disability, religion, national origin, marital status, family status, age, ancestry, or any other immutable characteristic and creating a private cause of action for violations of those rights by state actors (Rep. Zamarripa, Rep. Crowley, Rep. McGuire, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Sinicki, Rep. Spreitzer, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Erpenbach)

LRB 5701 Assembly Joint Resolution on motorcycle profiling (Rep. Considine, Rep. Felzkowksi, Rep. Milroy, Rep. Edming, Rep. Gruzynski, Rep. Mursau, Sen. Erpenbach): 
This resolution promotes increased public awareness of motorcycle profiling. It also explains the paths other states have taken in reducing profiling based on motorcycle-related apparel.

LRB 5711 Sending or transmitting absentee ballots (Rep. Spreitzer): LRB 5711 would remove the broad application of the military and overseas voter mechanisms for all absentee voters and instead only require those specific mechanisms when federal law requires their use. This will save municipalities money, reduce confusion, and increase voters’ faith in Wisconsin election

LRB 4377 Wisconsin Promise Program (Sen. Larson, Sen. Wirch, Rep. Sargent, Rep. Brostoff): 
Creating a grant program to cover tuition and other educational expenses at public institutions of higher education, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

LRB 5232 Epi Access Legislation (Rep. Vining, Rep. Spretizer, Sen. Carpenter): 
epinephrine for ambulances and therapeutic interchange for drug products prescribed to counteract anaphylaxis, and making an appropriation.

LRB 5702 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the creation of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Rep. Bewley and Rep. Meyers)

LRB 5595 Increasing the monetary threshold for reporting vehicle accidents (Sen. Ringhand): 
This bill increases the thresholds for reporting a motor vehicle accident causing damage to the property of another and for purposes of certain requirements related to deposits of security for past accidents from $1,000 to $1,500 of damage.

LRB 5663 Notification of a juvenile’s parent, guardian, legal custodian, or Indian custodian prior to a custodial interrogation of the juvenile (Rep. Emerson, Rep. Bowen, Rep. Zamaparria, Rep. Goyke, Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Spreitzer, Sen. Larson, Sen. Taylor): This bill requires law enforcement officers to contact the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or custodian prior to a custodial interrogation.  Under the bill, any alleged confession given by a juvenile could not be used as evidence if the law enforcement officer failed to contact the juvenile’s parent, guardian, or custodian.  

LRB 5680 Creating a Mississippi River erosion control revolving loan program (Rep. Billings, Sen. Smith): This bill requires the Department of Natural Resources to administer a revolving loan program to assist municipalities and owners of homes located on the shore of the Mississippi River where the structural integrity of municipal buildings or homes is threatened by erosion of the shoreline.

LRB 5728 Recognizing March 1, 2020 through March 6, 2020 as Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week in Wisconsin (Rep. Hintz)

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate was not in session this week. The full Senate Calendar can be viewed here

 

Senate Committees

Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection
The committee held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 172-  the use of billboards to recruit Department of Corrections employees; Senate Bill 561-distribution of the aid payment for personal property upon termination of a tax incremental district; Senate Bill 612-  increasing the minimum retirement age under the Wisconsin Retirement System; decreasing the minimum break in service for annuitants in the Wisconsin Retirement System who are rehired by a participating employer; and allowing rehired annuitants to elect to not participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System; Senate Bill 613- repossession of collateral or leased goods; Senate Bill 614-  licensure of local organizations to conduct raffles; Senate Bill 690- biennial reports regarding fees charged by executive state agencies; Senate Bill 708-  public notice and comment period for certain groundwater standards; Assembly Bill 49- the authority of the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to delegate authority to invest trust fund moneys and making an appropriation

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations
The committee held an executive session on Senate Bill 654-  reciprocal credentials for service members, former service members, and their spouses and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 541- reports on bills requiring occupational licenses.

Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs
The committee held  an executive session on Senate Bill 502-  designating the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge; Senate Bill 535- the authority to shoot a wild animal causing damage to a highway; Senate Bill 669- an exception to federal hours of service requirements and modifying an administrative rule related to the exception; Senate Bill 735- creating Hmong-Lao Veterans Day; Senate Bill 736-  permits for the overweight transport of the residue material resulting from treatment of municipal sewage; Senate Bill 768- exempting autocycles from emission inspections; Senate Bill 770- requirements for design-build transportation projects, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority

Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development
The committee held an executive session on the following: Sherman Banker- Public Member on the Wisconsin Historical Society Board; Senate Bill 714- method for establishing proof of financial responsibility for solid waste facilities owned or operated by a municipality and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 764- modifying an administrative rule of the Department of Safety and Professional Services regarding renewal of a registered electrician enrollment for a youth apprentice.

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
The committee held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 525- impersonating a public officer, public employee, or employee of a utility and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 590- immunity from revocation of probation, parole, or extended supervision for certain controlled substance offenses; Senate Bill 652- hearing timelines for juveniles in custody; Senate Bill 656- mail theft and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 745- prosecuting a violent felon for the crime of illegal possession of a firearm; Senate Bill 752-  recommendation to revoke parole, probation, and extended supervision if a person is charged with a crime; Senate Bill 753- acts for which a juvenile may be placed in correctional placement or the Serious Juvenile Offender Program; Senate Bill 754- earned release from parole or extended supervision and discharge from probation; Senate Bill 767-  intimidating a victim of domestic abuse and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 769- theft of a vehicle; victim impact panels; increased penalties for reckless driving; increased penalties for fleeing an officer; and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 771- grants to political subdivisions for additional policing and strategic planning to combat crime and making an appropriation

Committee on Natural Resources and Energy
The committee held an executive session the following: Senate Bill 715- grants and funding for water stewardship certification, a grazing coordinator position, producer-led watershed protection grants, lake protection, soil and water conservation, and crop insurance premium rebates for cover crops; granting rule-making authority; and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 718-  creating a pilot grant program for farmers to reduce nitrate loading, funding research for nitrate loading reduction methods, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 722- supporting the Center for Watershed Science and Education, creating a hydrogeologist position, funding research on phosphorus recovery and reuse, creating grant programs for counties to test wells and provide public education, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 723- county conservation staffing and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 724- the well compensation grant program and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 772- PFAS standards and grant programs, providing blood testing for certain individuals, requiring a cancer cluster study, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 773-  providing funding related to PFAS programs and positions, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Committee on Health and Human Services
The committee held a public hearing on Billie Higgins-  Member on the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; Senate Bill 788- opioid and methamphetamine data system and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 405- grant to a hospital for expanding psychiatric bed capacity; Senate Bill 100- registration and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, drug pricing transparency, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform
The committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 758- counting of tips for tipped employees and granting rule-making authority

Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues
The committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 741- public notice of noncandidacy for incumbent local elected officials; Senate Bill 795- investigations by the Elections Commission based on information from the Electronic Registration Information Center and from municipal clerks indicating that Wisconsin registered voters may have voted more than once in the same election, and complaints filed with the Elections Commission alleging election law violations.

The committee held an executive session on Senate Bill 515- regulation of physician assistants, creating a Physician Assistant Examining Board, 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 Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 428- financial exploitation of vulnerable adults with securities accounts, violations of the Wisconsin Uniform Securities Law, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 429- financial exploitation of vulnerable adults; Senate Bill 430-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; Senate Bill 432-  transfer of the authority to represent the public interest in proceedings under the Children's Code

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions
The committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 808- livestock facility siting and expansion and granting rule-making authority.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

The Assembly held a session on Tuesday, February 11 passing the following bills below. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

  • Assembly Resolution 19, relating to: proclaiming the month of February 2020 as Career and Technical Education Month in Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 125, relating to: celebrating Saint Patrick's Day on March 17, 2019.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 127, relating to: recognizing the 28th anniversary of the start of Operation Desert Storm on January 17, 1991, and honoring the veterans of this conflict
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 128, relating to: recognition of the outstanding service of the Burlington Rescue Squad
  • Senate Joint Resolution 56, relating to: honoring the life and service of Glen Moberg.
  • Assembly Bill 30, relating to: creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 86, relating to: hanging the official bond requirements for town municipal judges
  • Assembly Bill 147, relating to:  caller ID spoofing, granting rule-making authority, 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 222, relating to: revocation of operating privilege for certain offenses related to operating while intoxicated.
  • Assembly Bill 359, relating to: justices or judges authorized to officiate a marriage.
  • Assembly Bill 379, relating to: time limits for certain offenses related to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
  • Assembly Bill 444, relating to: free expression within the University of Wisconsin System, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
  • Assembly Bill 454, relating to: falsely reporting an emergency and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 480, relating to: increased penalties for crimes against elder persons; restraining orders for elder persons; freezing assets of a defendant charged with financial exploitation of an elder person; sexual assault of an elder person; physical abuse of an elder person; and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 481, relating to: financial exploitation of vulnerable adults.
  • Assembly Bill 482, relating to: financial exploitation of vulnerable adults with securities accounts, violations of the Wisconsin Uniform Securities Law, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 576, relating to: requirements for funeral director apprenticeships and licenses, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures.
  • Assembly Bill 653, relating to: providing medication and a valid prescription to a prisoner upon release.
  • Assembly Bill 699, relating to: minor golf caddies. 
  • Assembly Bill 758, relating to: battery by a person detained while awaiting trial as a sexually violent person and providing a penalty
  • Assembly Bill 804, relating to:  intimidating a victim of domestic abuse and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 805: recommendation to revoke parole, probation, and extended supervision if a person is charged with a crime
  • Assembly Bill 806, relating to: acts for which a juvenile may be placed in correctional placement or the Serious Juvenile Offender Program.
  • Assembly Bill 809, relating to: earned release from parole or extended supervision and discharge from probation. 
  • Assembly Bill 817, relating to: bail for a criminal defendant who is charged with bail jumping.
  • Assembly Bill 844, elating to: creating a sexual assault victim bill of rights; collection and reporting of data regarding sexual assault kits; storage and processing of sexual assault kits; tracking of sexual assault kits in sexual assault cases; and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. 
  • Senate Bill 6, relating to: committing a fifth or sixth offense related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and providing a penalty
  • Senate Bill 368, relating to: money laundering and providing a penalty.
  • Assembly Bill 344, relating to: telephone company tax exemption for property used to provide broadband service.

Assembly Committees

Committee on Campaigns and Elections

The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 11 where members discussed Assembly Bill 667, relating to: allowing a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program to serve as an election inspector. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 834, relating to: public notice of noncandidacy for incumbent local elected officials. The committee held an Executive

Committee on Transportation

The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 11 where members discussed Assembly Bill 818, relating to: permits for the overweight transport of the residue material resulting from treatment of municipal sewage; Assembly Bill 797, relating to: prohibiting the sale and use of coal tar-based sealants and high PAH sealant products; and Assembly Bill 820, relating to: requirements for design-build transportation projects, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. The committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, February 13 where members discussed Assembly Bill 834, relating to: public notice of noncandidacy for incumbent local elected officials. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 898, relating to: he time for holding special primaries, requiring those who register electronically or by mail to vote in person the first time they vote, obtaining another person's marked absentee ballot, tampering with voting machines or ballots, and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 897, relating to: investigations by the Elections Commission based on information from the Electronic Registration Information Center and from municipal clerks indicating that Wisconsin registered voters may have voted more than once in the same election, and complaints filed with the Elections Commission alleging election law violations; and Assembly Bill 636, relating to: canvassing absentee ballots on the Monday before an election and providing a penalty.

Committee on Agriculture

The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 11 where members discussed Assembly Bill 873, relating to: an income tax credit for the property taxes paid on agricultural buildings and improvements and making an appropriation, Assembly Bill 874, relating to: requiring a study by the University of Wisconsin System of agricultural programs and issues; Assembly Bill 875, relating to: modifying the medical care insurance subtraction for self-employed individuals; Assembly Bill 876, relating to: requiring the University of Wisconsin-Madison to conduct a research study on developing an agricultural science and technology program; Assembly Bill 627, relating to: funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 6, relating to: the Wisconsin Initiative for Dairy Exports and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 7, relating to: grants to dairy processing plants and making an appropriation. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on the same items. The committee also held a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 13 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 894, relating to: livestock facility siting and expansion and granting rule-making authority.

Committee on Jobs and the Economy

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 781, relating to: inspection requirements for chemical recovery boilers; and Assembly Bill 837, relating to: purchase and renovation of a center for the employment of blind and visually impaired individuals, sale of the existing center, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.

Committee on Education

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 779, relating to: participation in interscholastic athletics and extracurricular activities; Assembly Bill 810, relating to: creating a computerized uniform school budget and accounting system; and Assembly Bill 849, relating to: expanding the part-time open enrollment program. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 105, relating to: model academic standards for American Indian studies; Assembly Bill 106, relating to: informational materials related to a school board's obligation to provide instruction on American Indians; Assembly Bill 107, relating to: the American Indian studies requirement for teacher licensure. By Joint Legislative Council; Assembly Bill 109, relating to: required instruction in American Indian studies in the elementary and high school grades; Assembly Bill 604, relating to: programs to identify and address pupils with dyslexia in public schools; Assembly Bill 632, relating to: assessments to evaluate reading readiness; and Assembly Bill 635, relating to: requiring each cooperative educational service agency to employ a dyslexia specialist.

Committee on Forestry, Parks and Outdoor Recreation

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 856, relating to: the managed forest land program.

Committee on State Affairs

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 12 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 816, relating to: incorporating the Holocaust and other genocides into the state model social studies standards and requiring instruction on the Holocaust and other genocides; Assembly Bill 840, relating to: counting of tips for tipped employees and granting rule-making authority; and Assembly Bill 869, relating to: creating a private event venue permit issued by the Department of Revenue; the issuance by the Department of Revenue of retail alcohol beverage permits for motor vehicle racetrack grounds and for the state fair park; authorizing caterers to make retail sales of alcohol beverages on racetrack grounds; closing hours for certain alcohol beverage retailers and wineries and hours for retail sales by brewers; and providing a penalty. The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 13 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 324, relating to: registration and the scope of practice of interior designers and granting rule-making authority; Assembly Bill 895, relating to: construction of or improvements to indoor, athletic or aquatic athletic facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 896, relating to: body cameras on law enforcement officers.

Committee on Substance Abuse and Prevention

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 422, relating to: raising the legal age for sale, purchase, and possession of cigarettes and nicotine and tobacco products, providing a legal age for sale, purchase, and possession of vapor products, and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 858, relating to: opioid and methamphetamine data system and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 862, relating to: opioid settlement moneys and creation of opioid settlement trust fund and opioid settlement foundation.

Committee on Consumer Protection

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 631, relating to: repair and replacement of implements of husbandry under warranty.

Committee on Science and Technology

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed Assembly Bill 819, relating to: imposing requirements related to insurance data cybersecurity and granting rule-making authority. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 870, relating to: consumer access to personal data processed by a controller and providing a penalty, Assembly Bill 871, relating to: deletion of consumer personal data by controllers and providing a penalty; and Assembly Bill 872, relating to: restricting controllers from using consumer personal data and providing a penalty.

Committee on Housing and Real Estate

The committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, February 13 where members discussed Assembly Bill 551, relating to: the presumption of riparian rights on navigable waterways; Assembly Bill 721, relating to: the regulation of nonconforming buildings in a floodplain; and Assembly Bill 859, relating to: making changes related to mixed-use tax incremental financing districts, increasing the amount of time a city or village may extend the life of a tax incremental district to improve its affordable and workforce housing, allowing a reduction in the amount of certain impact fees, and authorizing local units of government to implement workforce housing initiatives.

Committee on Health

The committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, February 13, where members discussed Assembly Bill 114, relating to: registration and regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, drug pricing transparency, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 575, relating to: regulation of physician assistants, creating a Physician Assistant Examining Board, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 788, relating to: licensing and regulation of pharmacies and remote dispensing sites under the pharmacy practice law, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and granting rule-making authority; Assembly Bill 841, relating to: allowing discounts for prompt payment of health care fees; Assembly Bill 546, relating to: providing complementary and alternative health care practitioners with exemptions from practice protection laws, requirements and prohibitions for individuals who provide complementary and alternative health care services, and providing a penalty.; and Assembly Bill 462, relating to: right to specific staffing arrangements for certain patients in an intensive treatment program. The committee also heal a Public hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Joint Resolution 130, relating to: the term persons (first consideration).

Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

The committee held and Executive Session on Thursday, February 13 where members discussed Assembly Bill 689, relating to: tuition and fee remission for certain veterans and their dependents enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System or a technical college; Assembly Bill 664, relating to: grants to counties and tribes for veterans services and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 785, relating to: creating Hmong-Lao Veterans Day. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 785, relating to: creating Hmong-Lao Veterans Day.

Committee on Tourism

The committee held an Executive Session where members discussed Assembly Bill 787, relating to: loan to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitor Bureau for the construction of a visitor information and education center and authorizing general fund supported borrowing to fund the loan.

Committee on Rules
The Assembly Committee on Rules met in an Executive Session to schedule the Calendar for Tuesday, February 18.

Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 13 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 686, relating to: the regulation and licensure of genetic counselors, creating a genetic counselors affiliated credentialing board, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. The committee also held an Executive Session where members discussed Assembly Bill 731, relating to: reciprocal credentials for service members, former service members, and their spouses and granting rule-making authority; and Assembly Bill 655, relating to: regulation of home inspectors, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.

The Committee on Corrections

The committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, February 13 where members discussed Assembly Bill 690, relating to: smuggling items into or out of prisons by inmates and providing a penalty. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 811, relating reimbursement to the village of Redgranite for local law enforcement investigation services to a correctional institution and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 191, relating to: the use of billboards to recruit Department of Corrections employees; Assembly Bill 830, relating to: earned release upon the completion of a training program, reporting on the aging and elderly prison population, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 831, relating to: maximum period of imprisonment following revocation of extended supervision or probation and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 908, relating to: measuring a school district's improvement for the school and school district accountability report.


Joint Committees

 

Joint Committee on Employment Relations

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, February 12 where members discussed 2017-19 Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association, pursuant to the Joint Committee’s rules of procedure, the Joint Committee on Employment Relations will vote by paper ballot on the 2017-19 tentative collective bargaining agreement between the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association and the State of Wisconsin, submitted by the Administrator of the Division of Personnel Management, Department of Administration, on February 7, 2020. The committee also held a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on 2017-19 Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association regarding 2017-19 tentative collective bargaining agreement between the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association and the State of Wisconsin.

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, February 13 where members heard testimony on:

  • EmR 1918 (60 Day Extension Request) Relating to: child care certification and licensing updates related to the child care development block grant and other changes (DCF).
  • Clearinghouse Rule 18-003 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to the storage, use, and handling of flammable or combustible liquids and products as referenced in ch. SPS 305.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-054 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to agricultural development and market promotion.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-056 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to program administration; general.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-057 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to rules the agency has determined to be unauthorized.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-059 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to the Motor Vehicle Trade Practices.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-071 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to rules the commission has determined to be unauthorized.
  • Clearinghouse Rule 19-104 (Expedited Repeal of Unauthorized Rule Petition) Relating to grants for the Korean conflict veterans memorial.

The committee also held an Executive Session where members discussed the same items.


Joint Committee on Finance
The committee on finance held an executive session on Senate Bill 458- adding 12 circuit court branches to be allocated by the director of state courts; Assembly Bill 470- adding 12 circuit court branches to be allocated by the director of state court; Senate Bill 468- funding the public defender pay progression and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 501-funding the public defender pay progression and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 536- establishing a career advancement scholarship program and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 551-  a statewide urban search and rescue task force and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 568- a statewide urban search and rescue task force and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 556-  funding for service award payments and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 607- funding for service award payments and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 537-veteran-related tuition grants for certain veterans and dependents enrolled in private nonprofit institutions of higher education and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 684- veteran-related tuition grants for certain veterans and dependents enrolled in private nonprofit institutions of higher education and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 724- the well compensation grant program and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 789- the well compensation grant program and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 723- county conservation staffing and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 790- county conservation staffing and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 717- expanding the clean sweep program to include collection of certain fire fighting foams and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 792-expanding the clean sweep program to include collection of certain fire fighting foams and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 715- grants and funding for water stewardship certification, a grazing coordinator position, producer-led watershed protection grants, lake protection, soil and water conservation, and crop insurance premium rebates for cover crops; granting rulemaking authority; and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 795- grants and funding for water stewardship certification, a grazing coordinator position, producer-led watershed protection grants, lake protection, soil and water conservation, and crop insurance premium rebates for cover crops; granting rulemaking authority; and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 718-  creating a pilot grant program for farmers to reduce nitrate loading, funding research for nitrate loading reduction methods, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 796- creating a pilot grant program for farmers to reduce nitrate loading, funding research for nitrate loading reduction methods, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 725-  biomanipulation projects to improve the water quality of lakes and impoundments and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 798-  biomanipulation projects to improve the water quality of lakes and impoundments and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 709- creating an office of water policy and making an appropriation; Assembly 799- creating an office of water policy and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 722- supporting the Center for Watershed Science and Education, creating a hydrogeologist position, funding research on phosphorus recovery and reuse, creating grant programs for counties to test wells and provide public education, granting rulemaking authority, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 800-  supporting the Center for Watershed Science and Education, creating a hydrogeologist position, funding research on phosphorus recovery and reuse, creating grant programs for counties to test wells and provide public education, granting rulemaking authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 712- funding a University of Wisconsin System freshwater collaborative and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 801-  funding a University of Wisconsin System freshwater collaborative and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 858- opioid and methamphetamine data system and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 771- grants to political subdivisions for additional policing and strategic planning to combat crime and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 595- an online early learning pilot program and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 662- an online early learning pilot program and making an appropriation.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

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

The committee will also hold a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 260- changing the 12 percent rule regarding the total value of taxable property included in the creation of a tax incremental financing district in the village of Ontario; Senate Bill 785- changing the 12 percent rule regarding the total value of taxable property included in the creation of, or amendment to, a tax incremental financing district in the village of Little Chute.


Assembly Committees

Committee on Constitution and Ethics
The committee will hold an executive session on Assembly Bill Joint Resolution 108-  prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures

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