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February 22, 2019

 

Legislative Democrats and Governor Evers this week announced a comprehensive plan to legalize access to medical marijuana and remove barriers to cannabidiol oil for children suffering from seizures. It’s time for Wisconsin to join the majority of states who have legalized medical marijuana and help treat patients with insufferable pain. This common sense proposal will be included in Gov. Evers’ 2019-21 State Budget Proposal.

 

The Governor’s Task Force on Caregiving was established on Tuesday via executive order. The Task Force is charged with analyzing strategies to attract and retain a strong direct care workforce, finding strategies to support families providing caregiving supports and services, and improving the quality of caregiving in Wisconsin.

 

On Wednesday, Governor Evers vetoed the Republican tax plan which would have provided massive tax giveaways to millionaires and billionaires. The GOP Bill could create future deficits in the state budget and benefit the wealthy rather than serving best interests of the middle-class. The Democratic plan however aims to close corporate tax loopholes, restore tax fairness, and promote economic opportunities for working families.

 

Also this week, Governor Evers announced that his upcoming budget proposal will include a $28 million investment in “Healthy Women, Healthy Babies” initiatives. The Governor’s proposal reinstates Title X funding designated for comprehensive reproductive health services, seeks an increase in funding for the Wisconsin Well Women Program that provides preventative health screenings to women who are 45-64 years old with limited health insurance coverage, and seeks a waiver in the CHIP program to increase post-partum coverage for women. Gov. Evers’ initiatives are bold changes that promote healthy communities, women, and babies throughout the state. Democrats strongly support the Governor’s plan to increase access and coverage, as well as create innovative programs to ensure quality health care for women, and healthy beginnings for children all across the state.

What Democrats Are Saying 

 
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 1633 - The Healthy Workplace Bill (Rep. Pope and Sen. Carpenter)  Prohibiting abusive work environments and permitting a person who has been subjected to such an environment to bring a civil action.

LRB1390- Allowing cities and villages operating under a city manager form of government to impose a residency requirement on their manager (Rep. Spreitzer, Rep. Thiesfeld, Sen. Feyen, and Sen. Ringhand): Under this bill, a city or village that operates under the city manager system of government may impose a residency requirement on its city manager.  The residency requirement authorized under the bill first applies to an individual who is hired for the position of city manager on the bill’s effective date.

LRB2227- Honoring the life and public service of Joe Polasek (Sen.Miller and Rep. Anderson)

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

The Senate did not conduct a floor session this week. The next possible floor date is March 5th. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

 

Senate Committees

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions

The committee held a public hearing and Executive Session on the following:

  • Peter Barca: Secretary Designee of the Department of Revenue 
  • Kathy Blumenfeld: Secretary Designee of the Department of Financial Institutions 
  • Brad Pfaff: Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection 
  • Senate Bill 12: Eliminating deductions for moving expenses for businesses that move out of the state or out of the United States. 
  • Senate Bill 13: Notification of changed property tax assessment for agricultural land. 
  • Senate Bill 14: Regarding, an income and franchise tax credit for paid interns and making an appropriation.

Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection

The committee held a public hearing on Tuesday, February 19th on the following:

  • Joel Brennan: Secretary Designee of the Department of Administration
  • Senate Bill 4: Relating to motor vehicle immobilization devices
  • Senate Bill 19: Relating to: terminology changes for those with an intellectual disability in administrative rules.

Committee on Transportation, Veterans, and Military Affairs

The committee held a public hearing on Wednesday, February 20th on the following:

  • Mary Kolar: Secretary Designee of Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Craig Thompson: Secretary Designee of Department of Transportation
  • Senate Bill 1: Designating and marking a highway interchange in Winnebago County as the Michael G. Ellis Memorial Interchange
  • Senate Bill 3: Denial, suspension, and revocation of certain licenses related to motor vehicle dealers.

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety

The committee held a public hearing on Wednesday, February 20th on the following:

  • Kevin Carr: Secretary Designee of the Department of Corrections

Committee on Education

The committee held an informational hearing on Thursday, February 20th on an update from the Department of Public Instruction.

 

 Joint Committees

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee held a Public Hearing and an Executive Session  on the following: 

EmR1823: Funeral director apprenticeships (Approved 10-0)

EmR1817: Changes to lifetime licenses as a result of 2017 Wisconsin Act 206. 60-Day extension approved (Approved 7-3)

EmR1826: Food processing plants. 60-Day extension (Approved 10-0)

CR 18-099Adjustment of thresholds for payment and performance bond requirements (Approved 10-0)

CR 19-001Family care and hospitals. Expedited repeal of unauthorized rule petition approved (Approved 7-3)

EmR1824Advance practice nurse prescribers collaboration with dentists. 60-Day extension approved, (Approved 10-0)

This Week in the Assembly

 

Assembly Session

The Assembly did not conduct a floor session this week. There will be a floor session on Thursday, February 28th for Governor Evers’ Budget Address. The entire floor session calendar can be found here.

 

Assembly Committees

Committee on Education

The committee held an Informational Hearing on Thursday, February 21 where it received an update on education from the state's Department of Public Instruction.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection

The Committee will hold an executive session on the following:

  • Joel Brennan- Secretary Designee of the Department of Administration
  • Senate Bill 4- Motor Vehicle immobilization devices
  • Senate Bill 19- Terminology changes for those with an intellectual disability 

Committee on on Health and Human Services

The Committee will hold a public hearing on the following:

  • Andrea Palm- Secretary Designee of Health Services

Assembly Committees

Committee on Children and Families

The Committee will hold an Information Hearing on Wednesday, February 27 where it will discuss the overview of Services Relating to Children and Families

 

Committee on Ways and Means

The Committee will hold an Informational Hearing on Thursday, February 28 to discuss the Wisconsin Tax Options Report.

 

Joint Committees

Joint Legislative Audit Committee

The committee will hold an public hearing and executive session on the following:

  • Proposed Audit: Wisconsin Fast Forward
  • Proposed Audit: School Safety Grants and Plans
  • Audit Report 19-2: Administration and Oversight of Group Insurance Programs
  • Audit Report 18-8: Forestry Account
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