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July 19th, 2019

This week, Governor Evers signed Wisconsin Act 17 into law. This bipartisan bill expands the availability of sign language interpreters in Wisconsin by changing the licensing process and making it easier for interpreters to enter the field. This bill also creates a Sign Language Interpreters Advisory Committee composed of members of the deaf and hard of hearing community and licensed interpreters.

Governor Evers announced this week that he will be leading a trade mission to Japan in September in an effort to expand exports by Wisconsin companies and enhance business relationships with Japan. This is an effort to broaden opportunities for economic development and growth in Wisconsin.  

 

What Democrats Are Saying  

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 3686 Congratulating the United States Women’s National Team on their 2019 Women’s World Cup championship (Rep. Taylor and Sen. Schachtner)

LRB 3699 Sales and Use Tax Exemption for Gun Safes (Sen. Schachtner and Rep. Stubbs): This bill encourages people to store guns securely to keep children safe from accidental injury and death and to decrease teen suicide.

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 Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and Courts
The committee held a public hearing on the following bills: 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 

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

 

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
The committee held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 16 where members heard 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 also held an Executive Session on Tuesday, July 16 where members discussed 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 held a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 18 where members will heard 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 also held an Executive Session on Thursday, July 18 where members discussed 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.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

There are no committees scheduled at this time.

Assembly Committees

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality
The task force will hold an informational hearing on Tuesday, July 23 where members will meet for a virtual tour of the PCA Tomahawk Water Treatment System. Although members may discuss subject matter within the committee's jurisdiction, the committee will not formally consider any legislation or take any official action. The task force will also hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 23 where members will hear testimony from Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association; National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI); Wisconsin Paper Council; Lincoln County; Short Lane Ag Supply; Invited testimony will begin at 1:00 PM and is expected to conclude at approximately 3:30 PM. Members of the public will have the opportunity to testify at the conclusion of the invited testimony. The task force will hold an Information Hearing on Wednesday, July 24 where members will meet for a tour of the UW Stevens Point Water and Environmental Analysis Lab located at 800 Reserve St. Room 200 Stevens Point, WI 54481. Although members may discuss subject matter within the committee's jurisdiction, the committee will not formally consider any legislation or take any official action. The task force will also hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, July 24 where members will hear testimony from Portage County; USDA - Agricultural Research Service; Mark Borchardt; Water Well Association; Central Sands Water Action Coalition; Farmers of Mill Creek Producer Led Group and Wood County Land Conservation. Invited testimony will begin at 12:00 PM and is expected to conclude at approximately 2:30 PM. Members of the public will have the opportunity to testify at the conclusion of the invited testimony.

Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption
The task force will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, July 25 where members will hear testimony from Polk County Sheriff; Polk County Children and Families Department; Wisconsin Tribes; Catholic Charities; CESA 11. At the conclusion of the invited testimony, the Task Force will accept public testimony.

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