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February 28th, 2020


This week, Gov. Evers vetoed the GOP tax plan, which further cuts taxes for manufacturers. Gov. Evers and legislative Democrats have indicated to Republican leadership that they are open to working together to find a compromise to use the budget surplus funds to increase education funding and fund a tax cut. However, GOP leaders once again prioritize political games over funding for our students. Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald (R- Juneau), stated that "there is no time for compromise" and continues to refuse to prioritize essential school funding. The Republicans’ misplaced priorities are depriving Wisconsin students the opportunity of a quality education.

Meanwhile, on Thursday, a Marquette Law School poll found the majority of Wisconsinites are in favor of an increase in state public school spending. This further strengthens Democrats' and Gov. Evers' case for increasing K-12 funding with the funds from the budget surplus.

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 5761 Grants to local law enforcement agencies for incident-based reporting (Rep. Goyke): This bill appropriates $600,000 for grants to law enforcement agencies to modernize their crime reporting systems with the goal of having 100% of our law enforcement agencies using and reporting crime under the newer IBR system.  This bill and its funding will support local Wisconsin law enforcement to reach federal goals to move all crime reporting to IBR and phase out the SBR system.

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 Health and Human Services
The committee held an executive session on the following: Clarence Chou- Doctor-Medicine on the Medical Examining Board (Passed 5-0); Cynthia Brown- Member of the Professional Counselor section on the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board (Passed 5-0); Annette Miller-  Member on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board (Passed 5-0); Tammie Xiong-  Member on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority Board (Passed 5-0); Kathleen Pazak- Speech/Language Pathologist on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board (Passed 5-0); Abigail Lowery- Public Member on the Board on Aging and Long Term Care (Passed 5-0); Dr. Sumeet Goel-   Public Member on the Board on Aging and Long Term Care (Passed 5-0); Michael Walsh-  Member on the Pharmacy Examining Board (Passed 5-0); Milton Bond Jr.-  Member on the Medical Examining Board (Passed 5-0); Robert Weinman- Registered Nurse Representative on the Board of Nursing (Passed 5-0); Stephanie Atkins- Member on the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board Passed 5-0); Melissa Baldauff- Member on the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board (Passed 5-0); Rosalind McClain- Domestic Abuse Knowledge Representative on the Council on Domestic Abuse (Passed 5-0); Charisma Townsend- Massage/Bodywork Therapist on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board (Passed 5-0); Billie Higgins- Massage/Bodywork Therapist on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board (Passed 5-0); Senate Bill 405- grants to independent living centers and making an appropriation (Passed 5-0); Senate Bill 593- expanding telehealth mental health treatment to offenders under community supervision (Passed 5-0); Senate Bill 788-  opioid and methamphetamine data system and making an appropriation (Passed 5-0).

The committee will 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.

Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Abigail Haas- Southern Area Representative on the Snowmobile Recreational Council; Michael Holden- Southern Area Representative on the Snowmobile Recreational Council; Don Mortek- Northern Area Representative on the Snowmobile Recreation Council; Sue Smedegard- Northern Area Representative on the Snowmobile Recreational Council; Senate Bill 719- modifying administrative rules relating to the use of wood to contain bear bait in stumps; Senate Bill 762-  the governor's bear tag; Senate Bill 867- the managed forest land program. 

Committee on Elections, Ethics, and Rural Issues
The committee held an executive session on Senate Bill 741- public notice of non-candidacy for incumbent local elected officials (Passed 5-0); 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 (Passed 4-1)

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations
The committee held an executive session on Senate Bill 439- marriage license application requirements, issuance, and validity (Passed 5-0)

Committee on Utilities and Housing
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Elizabeth Lauer- Real Estate Broker Representative on the Real Estate Examining Board; Melissa Goins-  Public Member on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Senate Bill 484-  workforce housing tax credits and economic development revolving loan funds; Senate Bill 599-  regulation of home inspectors, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. 

This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session 

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


Assembly Committees

The Assembly did not hold committee meetings this week. The entire committee meeting calendar can be found here.

 

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

There are no committee meetings scheduled next week. The full committee schedule can be viewed here


Assembly Committees

 

Committee on Constitution and Ethics
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 3 where members heard testimony on Clearinghouse Rule 19-079, relating to immunization of students.

The Committee on Public Benefit Reform
The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 3 where members heard testimony on Clearinghouse Rule 18-016


Committee on Ways and Means
The committee will hold a Public Hearing where members heard testimony on Assembly bill 231, relating to an income tax exemption for cash tips paid to an employee; Assembly Bill 466, relating to: creating an individual income tax deduction for certain income earned by an individual from the practice of psychiatry; and Assembly Bill 521, relating to: additional local sales and use tax for Milwaukee County.

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