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March 15, 2019

 

This week in Madison, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order that directs state agencies to replace any derogatory or offensive terminology with current and inclusive language. Every Wisconsinite deserves to be treated with dignity and respect – not devalued or minimized. Gov. Evers’ executive order is a major step towards respecting Wisconsin residents’ and striving for tolerance and civility in our state.

 

In addition, Gov. Evers announced on Tuesday that he plans on taking steps to close the Lincoln Hills juvenile correctional facility and start construction on two new juvenile facilities- one in Milwaukee and another in Outagamie County.  Gov. Evers is committed to getting kids out of Lincoln Hills and closer to home as soon and as safely as possible. The announcement this week shows significant action towards the goal of ensuring kids get the education, programming, and mental health treatment they need in supportive settings that are closer to their families and communities.

 

Shocking many this week was the news that GOP leaders plan to intervene in a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood against the state. In January, Planned Parenthood filed a lawsuit challenging state regulations that restrict access for women's heath. Republican leaders announced they will hire their own attorneys on the taxpayers dime to defend the law instead of using the statewide elected Attorney General. This GOP power grab is a clear case of undermining the authority of the Attorney General and serving an ideological agenda rather than standing up for Wisconsinites.

 

Also, this week it was announced that Milwaukee will be the site of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. This announcement gives Milwaukee a chance to share the city’s immense history, culture, and creative vision. After months of hard work, this decision will have far-reaching positive effects from tourism to economic benefits for the city and Wisconsin as a whole.

 

A quick reminder that the April 2nd Spring General election is fast approaching and early voting has started in many municipalities across the state. Reach out to our municipal clerk or go to myvote.wi.gov for more info.

What Democrats Are Saying 

 
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB1106: Reducing Late Fee for Towns Submitting General Transportation Aids Annual Reports (Sen. Smith, Rep. Ballweg, and Rep. Spretizer): This simple change will help our hardworking town government officials get the aid they deserve and the aid they desperately need for maintaining Wisconsin’s rural roads.

 

LRB2454: Proclaiming March 2019 to be Kidney Month in Wisconsin (Rep. Myers)

This Week in the Senate

Senate Session

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

 

Senate Committees

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations

The committee held a Public Hearing on March 13th on the following:

  • Dawn Crim: Secretary Designee of the Department of Safety and Professional Services

Committee on Utilities and Housing 

The committee held a Public Hearing on March 12th on the following:

  • Rebecca Cameron Valcq: Commissioner designee

Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families

The committee held an informational hearing on March 13th on the following:

  • 2017 Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Report
  • Quarterly and Annual Reports of Sexual Abuse of Children Placed in Out of Home Care
  • 90 Day and 6 Month Summary Reports of Incidents of Child Death, Serious Injury or Egregious Incident

 

Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee held a public hearing on March 14th on the following:

  • Todd Tedrow: Advanced Practice Representative on the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board
  • Kurt Fielding: Athletic Trainer on the Athletic Trainers Affiliated Credentialing Board
  • Daniel Schroeder: Psychologist on the Psychology Examining Board
  • Scott Krueger: Dietitian on the Dietitians Affiliated Credentialing Board
  • Tim Size: Public Member on the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority
  • Shaheda Govani: Dentist Representative on the Dentistry Examining Board
  • Katherine Schribbe: Dental Hygienist Representative on the Dentistry Examining Board
  • Peter Kallio: Registered Nurse on the Board of Nursing
  • Jill Hoyt: Dietitian on the Dietitians Affiliated Credentialing Board
  • Bruce Carlson: Funeral Director/Embalmer on the Funeral Directors Examining Board
  • Senate Bill 38: Dispensing, distributing, or selling dialysate, drugs, or devices necessary for providing home peritoneal kidney dialysis
  • Senate Bill 74: Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
This Week in the Assembly

Assembly Session

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

 

Assembly Committees

 

Community on Community Development

The committee held an Informational Hearing on Tuesday, March 12 where community leaders from around Wisconsin shared their insights with legislators about best practices in utilizing the Arts for community transformation and organic growth.

 

Committee on Community Development

The committee held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 12 where it discussed Assembly Bill 66, relating to creative economy development initiative grants and making an appropriation.

 

Committee on State Affairs

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 13 where it discussed Clearinghouse Rule 18-059 which relates to the rules of procedure for adjudication of worker’s compensation and related claims, Assembly Bill 20 relating to the terminology changes for those with an intellectual disability in administrative rules, and Assembly Bill 74 relating to the retail sales of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the licensed premises.

 

Committee on Children and Families

The committee held an Informational Hearing on Wednesday, March 13 where it discussed the 2017 Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) Report, Quarterly and Annual Reports of Sexual Abuse of Children Places in Out if Home Care, and 90 Day and 6 Month Summary Reports of Incidents of Child Death, Serious Injury or Egregious Incident.

 

Committee on Colleges and Universities

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14 where it discussed Assembly Bill 22 relating to driver education instruction on human trafficking.

 

Committee on Colleges and Universities

Committee on Colleges and Universities held an Informational Hearing on Thursday, March 14 where it gave an overview of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

 

Committee on Judiciary

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 14 where it discussed Assembly Bill 25 relating to allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil practices; Assembly Bill 55 relating to applicability of 2017 Wisconsin Act 184 which discusses time frame reports for sexually violent persons on supervised release, and the placement of sexually violent persons on supervised release; Assembly Bill 58 relating to service of notice of claim against a state officer, employee, or agent; and Assembly Bill 59 relating to service of certain pleadings and other papers by electronic mail.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Natural Resources and Energy

The committee will hold a public hearing on March 19th on the following: 

  • Senate Bill 91: Buying and selling water pollution credits through a central clearing house

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety

The committee will hold an public hearing on March 19th on the following:

  • Senate Bill 29: Expungement of records of certain crimes
  • Senate Bill 5: Classifying county jailers as protective occupation participants under the Wisconsin Retirement System and the treatment of county jailers under the Municipal Employment Relations Act.
  • Senate Bill 46: Prostitution crime surcharge and making an appropriation.
  • Senate Bill 47: Entering certain places with intent to commit battery and providing a penalty
  • Senate Bill 70: Bringing contraband into a jail or prison and providing a penalty

The committee will also hold an executive session on the following:

  •  Kevin Carr: Secretary Designee for the Department of corrections. 

Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism and Workforce Development

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on March 20th on the following:

  • Sara Meaney: Secretary Designee of the Department of Tourism
  • Caleb Frostman: Secretary Designee of Workforce Development
  • Senate Bill 44: Grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses and making an appropriation.
  • Senate Bill 72: Requiring certain occupational areas to be included in the youth apprenticeship program.
  • Senate Bill 88: Youth apprenticeship programs and making an appropriation.

Assembly Committees

Committee on Corrections

The committee will hold a public hearing on March 19th on Assembly Bill 5, which relates to classifying county jailers as protective occupation participants under the Wisconsin Retirement System and the treatment of county jailers under the Municipal Employment Relations Act and Assembly Bill 63, which relates to bringing contraband into a jail or prison and providing a penalty.

 

Committee on Sporting Heritage

The committee will hold a public hearing on March 20th where members will discuss Clearinghouse Rule 18-010 relating to elk management.

The committee will also hold a executive session on clearing house rules 18010, which relates to elk management. 

 

Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations

The committee will hold an executive session on March 20th on Assembly Bill 10, which relates to eliminating deductions for moving expenses for businesses that move out of the state or out of the United States.

 

Joint Committees 

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality

The task force will hold a Public Hearing on March 20th where it will hear from experts from the following departments: Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection, Department of Health Services, and the Wisconsin Genealogical and Natural History Survey.

 

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee will hold a Public Hearing and an Executive Session on March 20th where it will discuss EmR 1822 relating to written reports of home inspectors (DSPS), EmR 1828 relating to the child care subsidy program (DCF), and EmR 1830 relating to correction affecting the determination of child support when the parents have shared placement and the payer receives the child’s SSDI benefits (DCF).

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