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March 22, 2019

 

On Thursday morning, Dane County Circuit Court Judge Richard Niess issued a temporary injunction blocking the GOP lame-duck laws, ruling that the legislature did not lawfully convene. This ruling shows that GOP leaders overplayed their hand by using an unlawful process to accumulate more power for themselves and override the will of the people, despite the outcome of last November's election. This ruling serves as a lesson to Republicans to put politics aside and start serving the people they represent. It’s time to put this disappointing chapter behind us so we can move forward together to put the needs of the people of Wisconsin first.

 

Attorney General Kaul took steps to move forward with withdrawing Wisconsin from a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. This is a major step toward protecting access to comprehensive and affordable care for everyone in the state.

 

Also this week, the State Building Commission took up Governor Tony Evers' 2019-2021 Capital Budget, which makes historic investments in state infrastructure projects and finally addresses much needed building projects across the state after eight years of outright neglect. Republicans chose to depart from the Commission’s 48-year-old institutional tradition of recommending the Governor’s Capital Budget projects to the Legislative Joint Finance Committee in a bipartisan fashion. Republicans took the unprecedented step of injecting political games into the process by voting against every single item in a Capital Budget that prioritized funding for veterans homes, a cancer research facility, mental health facilities, public safety, and more. It’s disappointing that Republicans would sacrifice a long-established precedent to score political points. With the rejection of these projects, Republican leaders are jeopardizing thousands of jobs across the state and sending the signal that they value their own party politics over investing in the future of our state.

 

What Democrats Are Saying 

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB2302: Observing Tuesday, April 2, 2019, as Equal Pay Day in Wisconsin (Rep. Sinicki)

 

LRB0058 and LRB2492: Entering into an agreement among the states to elect the president of the United States by means of a national popular vote (Rep. Hebl, Sen. Hansen, Sen. Wirch)

 

LRB2461: Designating April as Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month (Rep. Billings, Sen. Johnson)

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 Natural Resources and Energy

The committee held a Public Hearing on March 19th on Senate Bill 91 relating to buying and selling water pollution credits through a central clearinghouse

 

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety

The committee held an Executive Session on March 19th on Kevin Carr, secretary designee for the Department of Corrections (Approved 4-0) and a public hearing on Senate Bill 39 relating to expungement of records of certain crimes; Senate Bill 5 relating 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; Senate Bill 46 relating to prostitution crime surcharge and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 47 relating to entering certain places with intent to commit battery and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 70 relating to bringing contraband into a jail or prison and providing a penalty.

 

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

The committee held a Public Hearing on March 20th on Sara Meany, Secretary designee of the Department of Tourism; Caleb Frostman, Secretary designee for the Department of Workforce Development; Senate Bill 44 relating to grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 72 relating to requiring certain occupational areas to be included in the youth apprenticeship program; Senate Bill 88 relating to youth apprenticeship programs and making an appropriation.

 

Committee on Utilities and Housing

The committee held an Executive Session on March 21st on Rebecca Cameron Valq- Commissioner Designee of the Public Service Commission (Approved 5-0).

 

Joint Committees

Committee for Review for Administrative Rules

The committee held a Public Hearing and an Executive Session on EmR 1821, relating to statistical sampling in sales tax audits; EmR 1822 relating to  written reports of home inspectors; EmR 1828 relating to the child care subsidy program; 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.

 

 

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 Corrections

The committee held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 19 where members discussed Assembly Bill 5 relating 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 relating to bringing contraband into a jail or prison and providing a penalty.

 

Committee on Sporting Heritage

The committee held a Public Hearing and an Executive Session  on Wednesday, March 20 where members discussed Clearinghouse Rule 18-010 relating to elk management.

 

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality

The task force held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 20 where members heard 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.

 

Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations

The committee held an Executive Session on Wednesday, March 20 where members discussed Assembly Bill 10 relating to eliminating deductions for moving expenses for businesses that move out of the state or out of the United States.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

 

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Intuitions

The committee will hold an Executive Session on Tuesday, March 26th on Senate Bill 13 relating to notification of changed property tax assessment for agricultural land. The committee will also hold a public hearing on Senate Bill 35 relating to grants for obtaining farm tractor rollover protection structures and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 54 relating to the disclosure of a retailer's sales tax liability to a successor; Robert Misey as public member on the Accounting Examining Board; Susan Strautmann as an Accountant on the Accounting Examining Board; Elizabeth Kessler as Commissioner on the Tax Appeals Commission; and Senate Bill 43 relating to paddlewheel raffles.

 

Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee will hold an Executive Session on Gregory Winkler as Licensed Clinical Representative on the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board; Francis Groh as Cemetery Business Representative on the Cemetery Board; Senate Bill 110 relating to pharmacists and pharmacy students administering vaccines; Senate 103 relating hours of instructional program for nurse aides.

 

Assembly Committees

 

Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 26 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 76 relating to hours of instructional program for nurse aides.

 

Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 26 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 68 relating to creating a false identity on social media and providing a penalty, and Assembly Bill 71 relating to possession of child pornography and providing a penalty.

 

Committee on Transportation

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, March 26 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 9 relating to designating and marking a highway interchange in Winnebago County as the Michael G. Ellis Memorial Interchange, Assembly Bill 77 relating to designating and marking STH 33 in Columbia County as the Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway, Assembly Bill 80 relating to indication of veteran status on an operator's license or identification card, and Assembly Bill 3 relating to denial, suspension, and revocation of certain licenses related to motor vehicle dealers.

 

Committee on Local Government

The committee will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, March 27 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 2 relating to motor vehicle immobilization devices, and Assembly Bill 8 relating to notification of changed property tax assessment for agricultural land.

 

Committee on Children and Families

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 27 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 41 relating to prosecuting a person under the age of 18 with committing an act of prostitution, and Assembly Bill 52 relating to a minor contracting for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program.

 

Committee on State Affairs

The committee will hold an Executive Session on Wednesday, March 27 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 20 relating to terminology changes for those with an intellectual disability in administrative rules, and Assembly Bill 74 relating to retail sales of intoxicating liquor for consumption off the licensed premises.

 

Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs

The committee will hold an Informational Hearing on Thursday, March 28 where members will hear testimony will only be heard from invited speakers from the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Military Affairs.

 

Committee on Colleges and Universities

The committee will hold an Executive Session on Thursday, March 28 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 22 relating to driver education instruction on human trafficking. The committee will also hold an Informational Hearing on Thursday, March 28 where members will hear from Overview of Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) and Open Education Resources (OER). Additionally, the committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 28 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 51 relating to the minority teacher loan program.

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