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July 12th, 2019

This week, Governor Evers signed the following bipartisan bills into law: Wisconsin Act 12- increases transparency as to how insurance companies develop step therapy protocols and protects patients who are seeking an exception to a step therapy protocol; Wisconsin Act 13- streamlines and simplifies the process for in-home dialysis patients to receive medication ; Wisconsin Act 14- invests in and updates Wisconsin's 5G cellular technology infrastructure; Wisconsin Act 15- increases fairness and transparency in business dealings; and Wisconsin Act 16- clarifies language for crimes against children. 

Governor Evers also announced this week that Pleasant Prairie was selected as a new location for Nexus Pharmaceutical's sterile drug manufacturing facility. This significant pharmaceutical investment not only reflects that Wisconsin is a leader in innovation manufacturing, but will continue to bring in high-paying, high-skill jobs to the state.

 

What Democrats Are Saying  

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 2240 Creating a Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System (Rep. Taylor, Sen. Schachtner): This bill establishes a much-needed sexual assault kit tracking system to allow sexual assault victims to anonymously track or receive updates about the status of their sexual assault kit throughout the criminal justice process, from the time it is collected to its disposal. 

LRB 0087 Fair Court Package Part 1: Objective Standard for Recusal (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Ringhand): Part One of this package is legislation setting an objective standard for judicial recusal. It will require a judge or justice to recuse him- or herself from sitting on a case if a reasonable person would question their ability to act impartially

LRB 0088 Fair Courts Package Part 2: Written Reasoning for Non-Recusal (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Bewley): Part Two of the package is legislation requiring that, if a judge or justice declines to disqualify themselves after a motion for disqualification is filed by a party in the action, the judge or justice must file in writing the reasons they did not disqualify themselves. 

LRB 0089 Fair Courts Package Part 3: Equally Divided Determinations of the Wisconsin Supreme Court (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Ringhand): Part Three of this package is legislation provides that, in cases where the Wisconsin Supreme Court is equally divided on a matter of judicial discipline or permanent disability, the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the panel of judges that heard the matter are final.

LRB 0090 Fair Courts Package Part 4: Judicial Disqualification Based on Campaign Financial Support (Rep. Hebl): Part Four of this package is legislation requiring a supreme court justice or a judge in the court of appeals, circuit court, or municipal court to disqualify him- or herself from a civil or criminal action if that judge or justice has received $1,000 or more in campaign financial support from a party to the action (if the judge or justice was a candidate for judicial office within the previous four years).

LRB 0091 Fair Court Package Part 5: Authority of the Wisconsin Supreme Court to review a decision of a justice to deny a motion to disqualify the justice (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Ringhand): 
Part Five allows the full Wisconsin Supreme Court, in the event that a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice denies a motion to disqualify him- or herself from an action, to review that decision and may either affirm or reverse the justice’s decision.

LRB 0092 Fair Courts Package Part 6: prohibiting destruction of records and evidence (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Ringhand): Part Six is a bill aimed at preventing perceived conflicts of interest. If a judge has enough stake in a case that a party believes that they should recuse themselves, that judge should not be able to turn around and order that all records in the case be destroyed.

LRB 0103 Fair Courts Package Part 7: Notice of certain campaign finance contributions made to a judge or justice. (Rep. Hebl and Sen. Bewley): 
Part Seven requires notification of campaign contributions to a judicial candidate committee.

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

There were no Senate committees this week.

 

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 Health

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 10 where members heard testimony on Clearinghouse Rule 18-050, relating to advance practice nurse prescribers collaboration with dentists; Assembly Bill 70, relating to the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact; Assembly Bill 83, relating to authorizing creation and implementation of an advance directive registry and granting rulemaking authority; Assembly Bill 178 relating to eligibility for physician, dentist, and health care provider educational loan assistance programs; and Assembly Bill 238, relating to diabetes care and prevention plan.

Committee on State Affairs

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 10 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 213, relating to privacy of lottery winners; Assembly Bill 37, relating to paddlewheel raffles; and Assembly Bill 216, relating to issuance by municipalities of alcohol beverage operator’s licenses.

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality

The task force held a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 11 where members heard testimony from UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences; Agricultural Chemical Cleanup Program; Municipal Environmental Group (MEG) and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District; the Water Council and Alliance for Water Stewardship; and Racine County Initiatives. The task force also held an Information Hearing on Thursday, July 11 where members met for a tour of the Burlington Wastewater Treatment Facility.

Committee on Education

The committee held an Executive Session on Thursday, July 11 where members discussed Assembly Bill 223, relating to supplemental state aid for consolidated school districts and making an appropriation. The committee also held a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 11 where members heard testimony on Assembly Bill 232, relating to teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts

The committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 16th on Senate Bill 62-  service of notice of claim against state officer, employee, or agent; Senate Bill 63- service of certain pleadings and other papers by electronic mail; Assembly Bill 58-  service of notice of claim against state officer, employee, or agent; Assembly Bill 59-  service of certain pleadings and other papers by electronic mail; Senate Bill 131- self-insurance by religious sects for purposes of motor vehicle financial responsibility and liability insurance requirements; Senate Bill 155- participation in the Volunteer Health Care Provider program by agencies serving homeless individuals; Senate Bill 289- notice of change in terms or premium amount for insurance policy renewal; Senate Bill 314- limiting certain 2nd class cities' ability to designate or regulate historic landmarks.

Assembly Committees

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 16 where members will hear testimony on EmR 1906, related to the examination on the treatment and management of ocular disease (DSPS); Clearinghouse Rule 19-037, relating to expedited repeal of ch. ERC 4; Clearinghouse Rule 19-038, relating to expedited repeal of various ERC chapters; Clearinghouse Rule 19-062, relating to procedures for carrying out sex offender registration requirements; and Clearinghouse Rule 19-063, relating to requirements for pepper spray products sold in Wisconsin for private defensive use. The committee will also hold an Executive Session on Tuesday, July 16 where members will discuss EmR 1835, relating to substance use disorder specialty (DSPS); EmR 1904, relating to equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs (DWD); EmR 1906, related to the examination on the treatment and management of ocular disease (DSPS); Clearinghouse Rule 19-037, relating to expedited repeal of ch. ERC 4; Clearinghouse Rule 19-038, relating to expedited repeal of various ERC chapters; Clearinghouse Rule 19-062, relating to procedures for carrying out sex offender registration requirements; and Clearinghouse Rule 19-06, relating to requirements for pepper spray products sold in Wisconsin for private defensive use.

Committee on Judiciary

The committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 18 where members will hear testimony on Assembly Bill 289, relating to underage sexual activity; Assembly Bill 204, relating to municipal ordinance enforcement and court procedures; and Assembly Bill 322, relating to the availability of information on crimes through the consolidated court automation programs. The committee will also hold an Executive Session on Thursday, July 18 where members will discuss Assembly Bill 55, relating to applicability of 2017 Wisconsin Act 184—time frame for reports for sexually violent persons petitioning for supervised release; and placement of sexually violent persons on supervised release; Assembly Bill 112, relating to eligibility of Washington Island Observer newspaper to receive compensation for publication of legal notices and the content of affidavits of printing filed as evidence of publication; and Assembly Bill 100, relating to judicial notice of certain court records relating to domestic violence or child abuse.

Joint Committees

Committee for Review of Administrative Rules

The committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 16th. The committee will discuss EmR1906-  the examination on the treatment and management of ocular disease (DSPS); Clearing House Rule 19-037- Relating to expedited repeal of ch. ERC 4; Clearing House Rule 19-038- Relating to expedited repeal of various ERC chapters; Clearing House Rule 19-062- Relating to procedures for carrying out sex offender registration requirements; and Clearing House Rules 19-063- Relating to requirements for pepper spray products sold in Wisconsin for private defensive use.

The committee will hold an executive session on Tuesday, July 16th. The committee will vote on EmR1835- Relating to: substance use disorder specialty (DSPS); EmR1904-  equal employment opportunity in apprenticeship programs (DWD); EmR1906- the examination on the treatment and management of ocular disease (DSPS); Clearinghouse Rule 19-037- Relating to expedited repeal of ch. ERC 4; Clearinghouse Rule 19-038- Relating to expedited repeal of various ERC chapters; Clearinghouse Rule 19-062- Relating to procedures for carrying out sex offender registration requirements; and Clearinghouse Rule 19-063- Relating to requirements for pepper spray products sold in Wisconsin for private defensive use.

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