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February 21st, 2020

On Wednesday, Senate Republicans approved legislation that would allow certain health care providers the ability to deny patients care based on the  individual’s gender, or sexual orientation. Democratic  members vehemently opposed the bill, which would put an enormous number of Wisconsinites in danger of being denied access to quality care. The bill had originally included comprehensive anti-discrimination protections, but the legislature unanimously signed off on an amendment to gut this provision. Democrats stand united with Wisconsin families and oppose discrimination. 

In both the Assembly and Senate this week, Republicans refused to take action on Governor Evers’ special session that invests millions in rural schools, mental health services and special education. The special session bills restores funds Republicans cut from the Governor's budget proposal while also providing $130 million in property tax relief. Instead, legislative Republicans voted to further reduce taxes for manufacturers. The future of our children is dependent on the long-term investments we make today. Democrats are committed to supporting those vital investments.

More details on both the Assembly and Senate sessions are below. 

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 4565/5693  Increasing Compensation for Wrongful Incarceration (Sen. Risser, Sen. Kooyenga, Rep. Hebl): This bill does the following: 1) makes changes to the requirements for claims
for state compensation by wrongfully imprisoned persons; and 2) provides health
care coverage and other assistance for such persons. Except as noted below, the bill
initially applies with respect to claims filed by persons who are released on or after
March 13, 1980, from imprisonment for crimes of which they claim to be innocent.

LRB 5392 Coverage of maternity and newborn care (Rep. Vining, Rep. Stubbs, Rep. Kolste, Rep. Riemer, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Anderson, Rep. Taylor, Rep. Zamarripa: This bill puts into state law that maternity and newborn care are essential health benefits, and individual and small group health insurance plans must cover them.

LRB 5592  Resolution reaffirming the rights of pregnant women (Rep. Zamarripa, Rep. Taylor, Rep. Vining, Rep. Stubbs)

LRB 3801 Grants for participation in esports competitions and making an appropriation (Rep. McGuire, Rep. Haywood): This bill  provides grants for the creation of esports programs in Wisconsin schools. These grants would allow more schools to offer esports, ensuring Wisconsin students have access to the benefits of esports, as well as greater opportunities for scholarships. 

LRB 5455 Foster Parent Eligibility for BadgerCare Plus (Rep. Stuck): This bill is being brought forward on behalf of a constituent who brought this issue to my attention

LRB 3890 C
hanges involving the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's regulation of petroleum products and the storage of dangerous substances (Rep. Shankland, Sen. Smith)

LRB 5753 Opposing the Deportation of Hmong and Lao Immigrants (Rep. Stuck, Rep. Shankland)

LRB 1587 Relating to child care provider rates under Wisconsin Shares and funding for Wisconsin Shares child care subsidies (Rep. Shankland, Rep. Billings, Sen. Johnson): 
This bill recognizes the importance of child care and early education in our state by providing $51 million annually from available TANF funds to increase Wisconsin Shares reimbursement rates to the 75th percentile of market rates.

LRB 5488 Wisconsin Treatment Alternatives and Diversion Grant Program 2.0 (Rep. Goyke): This bill seeks to take these important next steps in the evolution and development of TAD in Wisconsin to serve more individuals in need and provide cost savings to taxpayers.

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate conducted a floor session on Wednesday, January 19th. Click here for the more details on the session. 

The Senate approved the following appointments: 

  • Emilie Amudson- Secretary of Dept. of Children and Families; Passed, 32-1
  • Sherman Banker- Public Member on the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators; Passed, 33-0
  • Preston Cole- Secretary of the Dept. of Natural Resources; Passed, 33-0
  • Terrance Craney- Public Member on the Deferred Compensation Board; Passed, 33-0
  • Gregory Douglas- Architect on the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors; Passed 33-0
  • Douglas Holton Sr- Public Member on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, Passed 33-0
  • Hendrick Lai- Dentist Representative on the Rural Health Development Council; Passed 33-0
  • Krsiti Palmer- Local Government Representative on the State of Wisconsin Investment Board; Passed 33-0
  • Rain Podien- Health Care Facility Representative on the Rural Health Development Council, Passed 33-0
  • Deana Zenter- Public Member on the Auctioneer Board; Passed 33-0. 

The Senate passed the following bills:

  • Senate Bill 50- Law Enforcement Body Cameras; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 215- Environmental Audit Program, Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 383- Fishing License Fees; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 523- Driver License Waiver; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 525- Impersonating Public Officer; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 537- Tuition Grants; Passed, 33-0
  • Senate Bill 541- Occupational License Reports; Passed, 19-14
  • Senate Bill 559- Lake Districts; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 583- ATV Regulation; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 595- Online Learning; Passed, 31-2
  • Senate Bill 605- MA Reimbursement; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 613- Leased Goods; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 637- Buildings in Floodplain; Passed, voice vote 
  • Senate Bill 669- Hours of Service; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 684- Milk Weighing Reciprocity; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 690- Fee Reports ; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 696- Training Center Tax Exemption; Passed, 32-0
  • Senate Bill 700- Laboratory Fees, Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 720- DOR Changes; Passed, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 737- Animal ID, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 764- DSPS Rule, voice vote
  • Senate Bill 769- Juvenile Penalties; passed 19-14
  • Senate Bill 771- Policing Grants, passed, 32-0
  • Senate Bill 819- WLEA Contract, passed, 32-0
  • Assembly Bill 30- Certificates of Qualification; passed, 33-0
  • Assembly Bill 47- Child Guardianship; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 49- BCPL Authority; passed, 33-0
  • Assembly Bill 75- Military Firearm Discharge; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 86- Bond Requirements, passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 222- License Revocations; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 293- Online Notaries; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 310- Levy limit; passed voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 327- Property Interests; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 344- Property Tax Exemption; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 435- Camp Regulation; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 437- Camp Health Records, passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 454- Reporting Emergencies, passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 470- Circut Court; passed, 33-0
  • Assembly Bill 472- Levy Limit Exception; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 502- Children's Code Authority; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 522- Contract Renewals; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 532- Opportunity Zones; passed, 27-7
  • Assembly Bill 576- Funeral Director Apprenticeships; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 581- Physical Therapy Students; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 607- Service Award Funding; passed, 33-0 
  • Assembly Bill 633- Emergency Detention Transport; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 644- School Mental Health; passed, 31-2
  • Assembly Bill 645- Medication- Assisted Treatment; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 646- Recovery Residences; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 647- PDMP; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 650- Peer Recovery Reimbursement; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 661- Town Board; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 691- Assessor Prohibition; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 692- Snowmobile Trail Funding; Passed, 33-0
  • Assembly Bill 699- Golf Caddies; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 704- Motorboats Operation; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 731- Service Member Credentials; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 734- Mail Theft; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 736- Shoreland Zoning; passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 804- Victim Intimidation; Passed, 19-14
  • Assembly Bill 805- Parole Revocation; Passed, voice vote 
  • Assembly Bill 806- Juvenile Placement; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 808- Firearm Possession; Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 809- Parole Release, Passed, voice vote
  • Assembly Bill 818- Overweight Permits; passed, voice vote

The following bills were objected to a third reading and passed on Thursday, Feb. 20:

  • Assembly Bill 26- Direct Primary Care; passed, 19-14
  • Senate Bill 821- GOP Tax Plan; passed, 19-14
 

Senate Committees

Committee on Economic Development, Commerce and Trade
The committee held 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 held 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.

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

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations
The committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 429- marriage license application requirements, issuance, and validity; Senate Bill 746-  investigations of conviction records by the department of safety and professional services for purposes of determining eligibility for credentials, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; Senate Bill 747-allowing the department of safety and professional services and credentialing boards to grant credentials with provisional status, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority; Senate Bill 760: procedures for granting credentials granted by the department of safety and professional services and credentialing boards, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures

Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee held an executive session on the following: Anthony Cooper Sr.-  Public Member on the Public Defender Board; Ellen Thorn- Wisconsin Bar Representative on the Public Defender Board; Mai Xiong-  Member on the Public Defender Board; Senate Bill 742- creating a legislative office of inspector general and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 784- imposing requirements related to insurance data cybersecurity and granting rule-making authority. 

The committee held a public hearing on the following: Regina Dunkin- Member on the Public Defender Board; Assembly Bill 93-  Uniform Deployed Parents Custody and Visitation Act; Assembly Bill 95-modifications to legal custody or physical placement contingent upon a future event; Assembly Bill 96- calculating the child support obligation; Assembly Bill 97- the involvement and cooperation of both parents in a physical placement schedule; Assembly Bill 98- factors relating to the physical placement of a child; Assembly Bill 99- proposed parenting plans in certain actions affecting the family; Assembly Bill 100-  judicial notice of certain court records relating to domestic violence or child abuse; Assembly Bill 101-  elimination of family support; Assembly Bill 102-  exclusion of certain military allowances in determining gross income for purposes of child support; Senate Bill 782- bail for a criminal defendant who is charged with bail jumping; Senate Bill 822-  possession of a firearm in a place of worship by a person who has a license to carry a concealed weapon; Senate Bill 32- crime victim impact statements.

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

The Assembly held a floor session on Tuesday, February 18, passing:

  • Assembly Bill 48, relating to: promissory notes of certain public bodies
  • 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 353, relating to: inspections of recreational and educational camps.
  • Assembly Bill 443, relating to: grant to a hospital for expanding psychiatric bed capacity.
  • Assembly Bill 487, relating to: the practice of psychology, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
  • Assembly Bill 498, relating to: loans and repayment assistance by a political subdivision for certain improvements to properties and collection of the debt by special charge.
  • 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 596, relating to: real estate disclosure reports.
  • Assembly Bill 598, relating to: requirements related to condominium documents and technical changes to condominium law.
  • Assembly Bill 620, relating to: distribution of the aid payment for personal property upon termination of a tax incremental district.
  • Assembly Bill 643, relating to: qualified residential treatment programs, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
  • Assembly Bill 674, relating to: license fee waivers for veterans' spouses
  • Assembly Bill 687, relating to: increasing the expenditure period for certain capital expenditures made by a tax incremental financing district created in an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone
  • Assembly Bill 701, relating to: a general permit for hydrologic restoration projects and creating a hydrologic restoration and management advisory council.
  • Assembly Bill 703, relating to: a sales and use tax exemption for building materials that become a part of a facility for the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority.
  • Assembly Bill  712, relating to: making various changes to statutes administered by the Public Service Commission and requiring investor-owned energy utilities to fund a consumer advocate.
  • Assembly Bill 719, relating to: adopting modifications to, and renaming, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act.
  • Assembly Bill 737, relating to: applications for full-time open enrollment.
  • Assembly Bill 749, relating to: immunity from liability resulting from good faith actions under the child abuse and neglect reporting law.
  • Assembly Bill 781, relating to: inspection requirements for chemical recovery boilers.
  • Assembly Bill 789, relating to: the well compensation grant program and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 790, relating to: county conservation staffing and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 791, relating to: the private on-site wastewater treatment system replacement or rehabilitation grant program.
  • Assembly Bill 792, relating to: expanding the clean sweep program to include collection of certain fire-fighting foams and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 793, relating to: priorities and criteria for the municipal flood control and riparian restoration program and amending administrative rules.
  • Assembly Bill 794, relating to: public notice and comment period for certain groundwater standards.
  • Assembly Bill 795, relating to: 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.
  • Assembly Bill 796, relating to: 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 797, relating to: prohibiting the sale and use of coal tar-based sealants and high PAH sealant products.
  • Assembly Bill 798, relating to: biomanipulation projects to improve the water quality of lakes and impoundments and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 799, relating to: creating an office of water policy and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 800, relating to: 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.
  • Assembly Bill 801, relating to: funding a University of Wisconsin System freshwater collaborative and making an appropriation.
  • Assembly Bill 819, relating to: imposing requirements related to insurance data cybersecurity and granting rule-making authority.
  • Assembly Bill 820, relating to: requirements for design-build transportation projects, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
  • Assembly Bill 877, relating to: revising various provisions of the statutes for the purpose of making corrections and reconciling conflicts (Correction Bill).
  • Assembly Bill 878, relating to: revising various provisions of the statutes for the purpose of making corrections and reconciling conflicts (Correction Bill).
  • Assembly Bill 879, relating to: records retained by circuit courts (suggested as remedial legislation by the Office of the Director of State Courts).
  • Assembly Bill 880, relating to: named various changes to the Wisconsin Retirement System (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Employee Trust Funds).
  • Assembly Bill 881, relating to: repealing obsolete statutory references in and making other changes to various tax laws (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Revenue).
  • Assembly Bill 882, relating to: the Department of Tourism's reporting duties and requirement to distribute cheese (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Tourism).
  • Assembly Bill 883, relating to: the exclusion of certain amounts from the calculation of income for purposes of Wisconsin Works eligibility and sources of funding for the Brighter Futures Initiative (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Children and Families).
  • Assembly Bill 884, relating to: incorporation of standards by reference into agency administrative rules and various changes to laws administered or enforced by the Department of Safety and Professional Services and credentialing boards (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Safety and Professional Services).
  • Assembly Bill 885, relating to: the intermodal freight assistance program and a grant to the Incourage Community Foundation for the construction of an economic development and community hub (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Administration).
  • Assembly Bill 893, relating to: the composition of the Southeastern Wisconsin Fox River
  • Assembly Bill 538, relating to: authorizing the creation of multijurisdictional business improvement districts, changes to public annual reports for neighborhood improvement districts, and changes to certain notifications for both types of districts.
  • Senate Bill 91, relating to: buying and selling water pollution credits through a central clearinghouse.
  • Senate Bill 252, relating to: a flood risk reduction pilot project and making an appropriation.
  • Senate Bill 485, relating to: lake management grants and river protection management grants for floating treatment wetlands.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 123, relating to: celebrating the 100th anniversary of the American Automobile Association's School Safety Patrol Program.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 129, relating to: congratulating the Wisconsin Hospital Association on its 100th Anniversary and declaring March 18, 2020, Wisconsin Hospital Day.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 131, relating to: honoring the life and service of Richard G. “Rick” Hill, former
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 132, relating to: proclaiming May 2020 as Paper and Forestry Products Month in Wisconsin.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 133, relating to: recognizing, honoring, and commemorating the 100th anniversary of Disabled American Veterans for its century of providing service to veterans and its continuing efforts.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 134, relating to: proclaiming February 2020 as Black History Month.
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 135, relating to: Proclaiming April 2020 as Donate Life Month in the state of Wisconsin
  • Assembly Joint Resolution 77, relating to: convention of the States for one or more Constitutional amendments restraining abuses of power by the federal government.

The Assembly also held a floor session on Thursday, February 20. The entire floor session calendar can be found here

The Assembly passed the following bills: 

  • AB 6- Exports Initiative; Passed, 99-0
  • AB 7- Dairy Processing Grants; Passed, 99-0
  • AB 31- Tractor Rollover Protection Grants; passed, 98-0
  • AB 203- Absentee Voting; Passed, 63-36
  • AB 237- Training Grants; Passed, voice vote
  • AB-422 Raising Tobacco Age; Passed, 63-36
  • AB-459 Cursive Writing; passed, voice vote
  • AB-478 Judge Election Prohibition; passed, voice vote
  • AB-511 Fertilizer; passed, voice vote
  • AB-516 Milk Labeling; passed, voice vote
  • AB-518 Meal Labeling; passed, voice vote
  • AB 546 Health Care Practitioner Exemption; passed, voice vote
  • AB-551 Riparian Rights; passed, voice vote
  • AB-556 Teaching Hours; passed, voice vote
  • AB-627 Extension Services; passed, 99-0
  • AB 639 Emergency Detention Costs, voice vote
  • AB-655 Home Inspectors, voice vote
  • AB-665 Propane Council Assessment; passed, voice vote
  • AB-683 Room Taxes; passed, voice vote
  • AB-690 Smuggling into Prison; passed, voice vote
  • AB-695 Wildlife Damage Abatement; passed, voice vote
  • AB-724 Juvenile Hearing; passed, voice vote
  • AB-752 Unclaimed Property Act; passed, voice vote
  • AB-753 Tax Treatment Modifications; passed, voice vote
  • AB-779 Athletic Participation; passed, 65-35
  • AB-784 Bear Bait; passed, voice vote
  • AB-785 Hmong-Lao Veterans Day; voice vote
  • AB-786 Guardian Training; passed 99-0
  • AB-787 Green Bay Bureau Loan; passed, voice vote
  • AB-805 Parole Revocation; passed, voice vote
  • AB-810 School Accounting; passed, voice vote
  • AB-811 Investigation Reimbursement; passed, 63-36
  • AB-814 Governor's Bear Tag; passed, voice vote
  • AB-821 12 Percent Rule; passed, voice vote
  • AB-840 Tip Counting; passed, voice vote
  • AB-849 Open Enrollment; passed, voice vote
  • AB-856 Managed Forest; passed, voice vote
  • AB-869 Alcohol Permits; passed,voice vote
  • AB-873 Ag Building Tax Credit; passed, voice vote
  • AB-874 UW System Ag Study; passed, voice vote
  • AB-875 Insurance Subtraction; passed, voice vote
  • AB-876 UW Madison Study; passed, voice vote
  • AB-895 Athletic Facility Grants; passed, 65-33
  • AB-897 Elections Commission Investigationsl passed, voice vote
  • SB-043 Paddlewheel Raffles; Passed, voice vote
  • SB 70- Jail Contraband; passed, voice vote
  • SB 72- Youth Apprenticeship Program; passed, voice 
  • SB 108- Elective Office Vacancies; passed, voice vote
  • SB-117 Athlete Agents Act; passed, voice vote.
  • SB-162 Title Transfer Fee; passed, voice vote
  • SB-203 Alcohol Licenses; passed, voice vote
  • SB-205 Military Credit Transfer; passed, voice vote
  • SB-217 Diabetes Plan; passed, voice vote
  • SB-268 Kronenwetter TIF; passed, voice vote
  • SB-289 Insurance Premium Changes; passed, voice vote
  • SB-292 Prize Eligibility Notice; passed, voice vote
  • SB-298 Lyme Disease Awarenes; passed, voice vote
  • SB-351 Sales Tax Exemption; passed, voice vote
  • SB-369 FEMA Payments; passed, voice vote
  • SB-383 Fishing License Fee; passed, voice vote
  • SB-387 Crop Insurance Proceeds; passed, voice vote
  • SB-422 Election Certificate; passed, voice vote
  • SB-437 Revenue Limit Ceiling; passed, voice vote
  • SB-489 Cancer Trial Reimbursement; passed, voice vote
  • SB-500 Respiratory Care; passed, voice vote
  • SB-512 Condo Disputes; passed, voice vote
  • SB-514 Physician Assistants; passed, voice vote
  • SB-523 Driver License Waiver; passed, voice vote
  • SB-527 Pupil Restraint; passed, voice vote
  • SB-537 Tuition Grants; passed, 99-0
  • SB-583 ATV Regulation; passed, 99-0
  • SB-595 Online Learning; passed, voice vote
  • SB-605 MA Reimbursement; passed, voice vote
  • SB-613 Leased Goods; passed, voice vote
  • SB-637 Buildings in Floodplain; passed, voice vote
  • SB-669 Hours of Service; passed, voice vote
  • SB-684 Milk Weighing Reciprocity; passed, voice vote
  • SB-685 Milk Producer Affidavits; passed, voice vote
  • SB-696 Training Center Tax Exemption; passed, voice vote
  • SB-700 Laboratory Fees; passed, voice vote
  • SB-737 Animal ID; passed; passed, voice vote
  • SB-768 Autocycle Emissions; passed, voice vote
  • SB-819 WLEA Contract; passed, voice vote
  • SB-821 Property Tax Exemption; passed, voice vote

The Assembly also passed the following joint resolutions:

AJR 93- TeKema Balentine- Congratulating Madison-native TeKema Balentine on her crowning as Miss Black
AJR-120 Edgewood Golf- Congratulating the Edgewood High School Crusaders girls golf team on winning the team title at the state golf tournament.
AJR-121 UW-Madison Football (Stubbs, Shelia) Congratulating the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers football team on a great season and winning the Big Ten West Division game against the Minnesota Gophers
AJR-126 Howard Temin Day (Allen, Scott) Declaring December 10, 2020, as Howard Temin Day in Wisconsin. Adopted, (Voice Vote).  Messaged. 
AJR-136 Warren Grady- Honoring the life and public service of Representative Warren A. Grady.
AJR-137 UW-Madison Women's Volleyball (Taylor, Chris) Congratulating the University of Wisconsin-Madison Badgers Women's Volleyball team on an incredible 2019 season and being NCAA Finalists.
AJR-138 LeRoy's Leap DayHonoring February 29, 2020, as LeRoy's Leap Day.
AJR-139 Abigail Martin Commending Abigail Martin for her service as Wisconsin's agriculture ambassador and wishing her continued success.
AJR-140 Children's Hospital Proclaiming the year 2020 as the 100th Anniversary of the American Family Children's Hospital. 

AJR-141 Earth Day Honoring April 22, 2019, as the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day
AJR-144 MDS Awareness Week- Recognizing March 1, 2020, to March 6, 2020, as Aplastic Anemia and MDS Awareness Week in Wisconsin
AJR-145 Syttende Mai Weekend- Proclaiming May 15, 16, and 17, 2020, Syttende Mai Weekend
SJR-004 Honoring Senator Chilsen - Honoring the life and public service of Senator Walter John Chilsen
SJR-078 Terry Musser- Honoring the life and public service of Representative Terry Musser


Assembly Committees


Committee on Constitution and Ethics
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed Assembly Joint Resolution 108, relating to: prohibiting the governor from using the partial veto to increase state expenditures (first consideration).

Committee on Campaigns and Elections
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed 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.

Committee on Environment
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed Assembly Bill 842, relating to: providing funding related to PFAS programs and positions, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 843, relating to: 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; and Assembly Bill 857, relating to: exempting autocycles from emission inspections.

Committee on Ways and Means
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed Assembly Bill 683, relating to: expanding applicability of the room tax, making substantive and technical changes to the local room tax, and providing a penalty.

Committee on Agriculture
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed Assembly bill 894, relating to: livestock facility siting and expansion and granting rule-making authority.

Committee on Judiciary
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed Assembly Bill 846, relating to: voice recordings of testimony that forms the basis of an application for a search warrant; and Assembly Bill 854, relating to: adopting revisions to the state's uniform limited partnership law and the state's limited liability company law; making modifications to the state's uniform partnership law; procedures applicable to business corporations and nonstock corporations; certificates of authority of service insurance corporations; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; granting rule-making authority; and providing a penalty.

Committee on State Affairs
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members discussed 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 Rules
The committee held an Executive Session on Tuesday, February 18 where members met in Executive Session upon recess or adjournment of session to schedule the Calendar for Thursday, February 20.


Joint Committees

Joint Committee on Finance

The committee held a Public Hearing on Monday, February 17 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 910, relating to: a property tax exemption for all machinery, tools, and patterns; a reduction of state general obligation and variable rate debt supported by general purpose revenue; and increasing the maximum deduction under the individual income tax sliding scale standard deduction; and Senate Bill 821, relating to: a property tax exemption for all machinery, tools, and patterns; a reduction of state general obligation and variable rate debt supported by general purpose revenue; and increasing the maximum deduction under the individual income tax sliding scale standard deduction. The committee held an Executive Session on Monday, February 17 where members discussed Assembly Bill 910, relating to: a property tax exemption for all machinery, tools, and patterns; a reduction of state general obligation and variable rate debt supported by general purpose revenue; and increasing the maximum deduction under the individual income tax sliding scale standard deduction; Senate Bill 821, relating to: a property tax exemption for all machinery, tools, and patterns; a reduction of state general obligation and variable rate debt supported by general purpose revenue; and increasing the maximum deduction under the individual income tax sliding scale standard deduction; Assembly Bill 753, relating to: modifications to the tax treatment of tax-option corporations that elect to pay tax at the entity level; Assembly Bill 706, relating to: modifications to the tax treatment of tax-option corporations that elect to pay tax at the entity level, Assembly Bill 754, relating to: various changes to the laws administered and enforced by the Department of Revenue; Assembly Bill 720, relating to: various changes to the laws administered and enforced by the Department of Revenue; Assembly Bill 875, relating to: modifying the medical care insurance subtraction for self-employed individuals; 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 627, relating to: funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 563, relating to: funding for certain extension services of the University of Wisconsin System and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 742, relating to: emergency medical services funding assistance and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 665, relating to: emergency medical services funding assistance and making an appropriation; January 2020 Special Session Assembly Bill 6, relating to: the Wisconsin Initiative for Dairy Exports and making an appropriation; and January 2020 Special Session Assembly Bill 7, relating to: grants to dairy processing plants and making an appropriation.

The committee held Section 13.10 Meeting on Monday, February 17, 2020.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Health and Human Services
The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Clarence Chou- Doctor-Medicine on the Medical Examining Board; Cynthia Brown- Public Member of the Professional Counselor section on the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; Annette Miler- Public Member on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board; Tammie Xiong- Domestic Abuse Knowledge Representative on the Council on Domestic Abuse; Kathleen Pazak- Speech/Language Pathologist on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board; Abigail Lowery- Public Member on the Board on Aging and Long Term Care; Dr. Sumeet Goel- Doctor-Osteopathy on the Medical Examining Board; Michael Walsh- Public Member on the Pharmacy Examining Board; Milton Bond Jr.- Public Member on the Medical Examining Board; Robert Weinman- a Registered Nurse Representative on the Board of Nursing; Stephanie Atkins- Public Member on the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board; Melissa Baldauff- Domestic Abuse Knowledge Representative on the Council on Domestic Abuse; Rosalind McClain- Domestic Abuse Knowledge Representative on the Council on Domestic Abuse; Charisma Townsend- Massage/Bodywork Therapist on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board; Billie Higgins- Public Member on the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; Senate bill 405- grant to a hospital for expanding psychiatric bed capacity; Senate Bill 567- grants to independent living centers and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 593- expanding telehealth mental health treatment to offenders under community supervision; Senate Bill 788- opioid and methamphetamine data system and making an appropriation.

The committee will also hold a public hearing on the following: Kerry Connelly- Member on the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board; Dr. Robert Sage- Podiatrist on the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board; Senate Bill 738
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; Senate Bill 763- allowing discounts for prompt payment of health care fees.


Assembly Committees

There are no Assembly Committees meetings scheduled at this time. 

 

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