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March 8, 2019

 

 

This week Governor Evers, Lt. Governor Barnes, and various cabinet secretaries hit the road across Wisconsin to highlight the Governor’s budget proposals. On Wednesday, Gov. Evers stopped by the Alliant Energy Center to announce a $30 million expansion plan to the center. Legislative Democrats applauded the plan as a no brainer and a smart investment to create economic opportunities for Wisconsinites. On Thursday, Gov. Evers traveled to western Wisconsin to promote his $109 Million investment in a new Science and Health Sciences building at UW- Eau Claire in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic. Eau Claire legislators voiced their support for the new Science Hall as opportunity to prepare students for the careers of tomorrow and benefit the community at large. Gov. Evers also discussed his $150 Million funding plan for University of Wisconsin System campuses by meeting with UW leaders on Tuesday during his stop at the UW-Madison's Institutes for Discovery. Wisconsin Democrats see the work that the UW system does as essential in solving the state’s problems.

 

Also this week, Republicans leaders on the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) rejected a request from the Department of Health Services (DHS) to implement a health services initiative to reduce childhood lead poisoning in Wisconsin, through the state’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). With the federal matching rate at 94.56%, and hundreds of thousands of children facing exposure, JFC Democratic members were disturbed Republicans would block initiatives to prevent and reduce childhood lead poisoning . JFC Democrats continue to support this important initiative and believe it should move forward without delay.

What Democrats Are Saying 

 
​ Democratic Proposals

 

LRB-1246 Adopt-a-Highway Volunteer Protection Bill (Sen. Miller and Rep. Hebl): this legislation doubles the fines for motorists who fail to follow traffic laws through the designated cleanup area.

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 Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families

The committee held a Public Hearing on March 6th on:

  • Emilie Amundson: Secretary Designee of the Department of Children and Families

 

Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining and Forestry

The Committee held a Public Hearing on March 7th on the following:

  • Preston Cole: Secretary Designee of the Department of Natural Resources

 Joint Committees

 

Joint Legislative Council

The council held an Executive Session on Wednesday, March 6 where it received the following study committee reports:

  • Property Tax Assessment Practices
  • Alcohol Beverages Enforcement
  • Child Placement and Support
  • State-Tribal Relations
  • Bail and Conditions of Pretrial Release
  • LRB 0383- a draft of the study Committee on Identification and Management of Dyslexia.

 

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

 

Committee on Local Government

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 6 where it discussed two bills relating to notification of changed property tax assessment for agricultural land and motor vehicle immobilization devices.

 

Committee on Federalism and Interstate Relations

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 6 where it discussed a bill relating to eliminating deductions for moving expenses for businesses that move out of the state or out of the United States.

 

Committee on Workforce Development

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 6 where it discussed legislation relating to grants to technical college students for apprenticeship expenses and making an appropriation; workforce training grants for seminars in high-demand fields to teach new skills and provide micro-credentials and making an appropriation; new internship grants and making an appropriation; and career and technical education incentive grants and making an appropriation.

Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, March 7 where it discussed various bills relating to intoxicated operation of snowmobiles; crime victim impact statements; expungement of records of certain crimes; and prostitution crime surcharge and making an appropriation.

 

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

 

Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on March 13th on the following:

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

Assembly Committees

 

Committee on Community Development

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

 

Committee on State Affairs

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, March 13 where it will discuss rules of procedure for adjudication of worker's compensation and related claims, along with a bill relating to terminology changes for those with an intellectual disability in administrative rules.

 

Committee on Children and Families

The committee will hold a joint Public Hearing with the Senate Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families on Wednesday, March 13 regarding the 2017 Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Report, the Quarterly and Annual Reports of Sexual Abuse of Children Placed in Out of Home Care, and the 90 Day and 6 Month Summary Reports of Incidents of Child Death, Serious Injury or Egregious Incident.

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