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March 20th, 2020

This week in Washington D.C, Congress successfully passed a COVID-19 relief package to combat the current COVID-19 pandemic, which the President signed into law yesterday. The legislation, titled the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, authored by House Democrats, provides paid sick and family leave for U.S. workers impacted by the illness, expands unemployment assistance, expands SNAP benefits, and increases resources for testing. This relief package is the first step in ongoing and active negotiations for further legislative action in response to the spread of the COVID-19.

Here in Wisconsin, Legislative Democrats are working closely with Republican lawmakers and Governor Evers to advance a range of solutions to stop the spread of COVID-19 cases in our state and provide economic relief for workers and businesses. Gov. Evers, the Department of Health Services (DHS), and numerous state agencies quickly stepped up to lead on this issue, and have taken bold steps to implement precautions across Wisconsin. Democrats stand committed to providing immediate and long-term relief to workers, students, families, seniors and local businesses impacted by the ongoing health and economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

DHS announced yesterday that community spread of COVID-19 is occurring in Wisconsin, which means people have tested positive who have no exposures to a known case and did not travel to a location where there is community spread. Social distancing is vital to keeping you, your family, and our communities safe from increased risk of exposure. Democrats are committed to protecting the health and well-being of everyone in our state and preventing a greater spread of this disease within our communities.

 

Here are resources that are will provide up-to-date information as the situation evolves:

In addition, here is what you can do to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing

  • Wash your hands frequently using soap and water for 20+ seconds

  • Cover coughs and sneezes with an elbow or tissue

  • Avoid shaking hands and touching your face or eyes

  • Try to stay home if you're feeling sick.

 

The State Senate will not hold a session on March 24th as previously planned. However, the legislature may convene for a special session to take up COVID-19 relief legislation in the coming weeks.

 

Also, a reminder that you are able to fill out the US Census online. This is a quick and easy way to make all of our communities have the resources and representation we deserve.

 

As everyone takes precautionary steps to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a reminder that you can still request an absentee ballot in order to vote by mail for the April 7th spring election. Please visit myvote.wi.gov for more information!

 

What Democrats are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

Democrats are working with local and state leaders to protect the health and well-being of everyone in our state and preventing a greater spread of COVID-19  within our communities.

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 Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions

The committee held an executive session on the following: Ardeb Sherpe- Member on the Veterinary Examining Board; Assembly Bill 469-  nonrefundable volunteer fire fighters and emergency responders tax credit; Senate Bill 756-  the revised uniform unclaimed property act; Assembly Bill 752-  the revised uniform unclaimed property act; Assembly Bill 48-  promissory notes of certain public bodies; Senate Bill 818- an income tax credit for the property taxes paid on agricultural buildings and improvements and making an appropriation.; Assembly Bill 873-  an income tax credit for the property taxes paid on agricultural buildings and improvements and making an appropriation.

 

Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee held an executive session on the following: Dr. Randel Kittleson- Podiatrist on the Podiatry Affiliated Credentialing Board; Diana Whalen- Dental Hygienist Representative on the Dentistry Examining Board; Jack Hutter- Podiatrist on the Podiatry Affiliated Credentialing Board; Daisy Quintal-  Cosmetologist on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Kayla Cwojdzinksi-  Cosmetologist on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Assembly Bill 895- construction of or improvements to indoor, athletic or aquatic athletic facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation 


Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform

The committee held a public hearing on the following: Michael Gillick- Commissioner on the Labor and Industry Review Commission; Assembly Bill 840- counting of tips for tipped employees and granting rule-making authority.

 

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee held an executive session on the following: EmR 1922-  youth crisis stabilization facility (DHS); Clearinghouse Rule 19-100- nutritional counseling certification; LRB 5818- sponsors of nutritional counseling education programs and repealing and modifying administrative rules related to sponsors of nutritional counseling education programs; LRB 5821- sponsors of nutritional counseling education programs and repealing and modifying administrative rules related to sponsors of nutritional counseling education programs

 

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety

The committee held an executive session on the following: Assembly Bill 198- 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 690-  smuggling items into or out of prisons by inmates and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 744-  throwing or expelling a bodily substance at a public safety worker or prosecutor; Assembly Bill 758-  battery by a person detained while awaiting trial as a sexually violent person and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 811- reimbursement to the village of Redgranite for local law enforcement investigation services to a correctional institution and making an appropriation.

 

Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts 

The committee held an executive session 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.

 

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee held a public hearing on the following: EmR 1922- youth crisis stabilization facility (DHS); Clearinghouse Rule 19-100- nutritional counseling certification

Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Michael Gillick-  Commissioner on the Labor and Industry Review Commission; Assembly Bill 840- counting of tips for tipped employees and granting rule-making authority. 

Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry
The committee held a public hearing and an executive session on the following: Erica Keehn- Southern Area Representative on the Snowmobile Recreational Council.

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 hearings scheduled at this time. 


Assembly Committees

There are no committee hearings scheduled at this time. 

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