600x192_logo (1).png
  

Contents

August 16th, 2019

This week, Democrats introduced common sense legislation to improve gun safety in Wisconsin. This proposal would close the gun show loophole that enables individuals with criminal convictions to purchase a firearm and would be a major step to ensure the safety of Wisconsinites. Despite a recent uptick in deadly mass shootings, Republicans are refusing to take basic steps to prevent gun violence. It's past time for swift action to stop further tragedies.

Also, this week Gov. Evers urged President Trump to listen to farmers and end unproductive trade wars between the United States and China. Tariffs implemented by President Trump are negatively  impacting the agriculture industry in Wisconsin. In May, Senator Shilling and Representative Hintz sent a similar letter urging U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to take urgent action to protect Wisconsin farmers, manufacturers, and working families. No Legislative Republicans signed on to the letter. 
Gov. Evers and Democrats are committed to increase economic opportunities for our farmers and rural communities.

 

What Democrats Are Saying  

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 3873 Regional Crisis Stabilization Facilities (Sen. Schachtner, Rep. Taylor): This bill requires the Department of Health Services to award grants to regional crisis stabilization facilities for adults based on criteria established by DHS such that each of the state's five regions have access to an equal amount.

LRB 3949 Universal Background checks (Rep. Sargent, Rep. Stubbs, Rep. Taylor, Rep. Subeck, Rep. Zamarripa, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Carpener): This bill generally prohibits a person from selling or transferring any firearm, including the frame or receiver of a firearm, unless the sale or transfer occurs through a federally licensed firearms dealer and involves a background check of the prospective transferee

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 Utilities and Housing
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Joaquin Altoro- Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development; Ivan Gamboa- Public Member on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Raynetta Hill- Public Member on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Victoria Parmentier- Public Member on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Jeffrey Skrenes- Public Member on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority; Senate Bill 119- housing grants to homeless individuals and families and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 123- housing grants to homeless individuals and families and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 120- housing grants to homeless individuals and families and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 121- housing navigator grants and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 121- housing quality standards loans, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 125- housing quality standards loans, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 144-grants to defray housing costs and for diversion programming and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 124- grants to defray housing costs and for diversion programming and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 247-the use of a surveillance device by an owner of real estate in connection with the sale of the real estate and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 321- telephone company tax exemption for property used to provide broadband service.

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
The committee held public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 29- allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes; Senate Bill 34- creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation; Senate Bill 49- prosecuting a person under the age of 18 with committing an act of prostitution; Senate Bill 104- sexual contact by a law enforcement officer with a person in his or her custody and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 171- sexual contact by a law enforcement officer with a person in his or her custody and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 290- pepper spray and CS gel substances; Senate Bill 311- pepper spray and CS gel substances; Senate Bill 316- the treatment of a pregnant or postpartum person in prison and county jail. 

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

Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention

The Task Force held an Informational Hearing on Monday, August 12 where the documentary Saved from Suicide was screened, followed by a panel discussion; the Task Force also held a Public Hearing on Monday where members heard testimony from Chippewa Valley Technical College, Department of Corrections, Department of Military Affairs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality

The Task Force held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 13 where members heard testimony from the Department of Health Services and Department of Natural Resources, American Council of Engineers, Milwaukee City Health Department and Milwaukee Water Works, MillerCorps, and Milwaukee River Keepers and Milwaukee Water Commons; the Task Force also held an Informational Hearing where members met for a tour of the UW Milwaukee School of Freshwater Science.

Committee on Transportation

The committee held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 13 regarding Assembly Bill 197, relating to: driver school offices in private residences; Assembly Bill 325, relating to: harbor assistance grant for the city of Green Bay and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 343, relating to: the transportation facilities economic assistance and development program

Committee on Health

The committee held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 14 regarding Assembly Bill 258, relating to: Marquette University of Dentistry rural scholarship program and making an appropriation; Assembly Bill 304, relating to: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing and exemption for emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty; and members heard an update from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on the implementation of 2017 WI Act 279.

Speakers Task Force on Adoption

The Task Force held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 14 where members heard testimony from Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, Milwaukee County District Attorney, Division of Milwaukee Child Protective Services, and Kids Matter, Inc.

Committee on Rural Development

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 15 regarding Assembly Bill 266, relating to: a flood risk reduction pilot project and making an appropriation.

Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 15 regarding Assembly Bill 163, relating to: retired credential status for certain professionals holding credentials granted by the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers, and Professional Land Surveyors – extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption for emergency rule procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority; Assembly Bill 187, relating to: micro market licensing fees; and Assembly Bill 82, relating to: adopting revisions to the state’s uniform athlete agents act and providing a penalty.

Committee on Environment

The committee held a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 15 regarding Assembly Bill 190, relating to: wetland mitigation banks, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, providing and exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority; Assembly Bill 210, relating to: time limits for correcting violations found by the environmental compliance audit program; Assembly Bill 297, relating to: changes to the electronic waste recycling program and granting rule-making authority; Assembly Bill 315, relating to: signs informing about Lyme disease in state parks, state trails, state recreational areas, and state forests and making an appropriation; and Assembly Bill 316, relating to: making insect repellant available for sale in state parks and state forests.

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions

The committee will hold an executive session on Senate Bill 188-  regulating hemp, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

The committee will also hold a public hearing on Lisa Weisensel Nesson- Veterinary Examining Board; Esther Ancel- Investment Board; Hunter Lang- Veterinary Examining Board; Lyn Schuh- Veterinary Examining Board; Senate Bill 208- allocation of early stage seed investment credit to offset taxes imposed on insurers; Senate Bill 291-  holding a referendum to increase a political subdivision's levy limit. 

Committee on Health and Human Services

The committee will hold an executive session on Andrea Palm-  Secretary of the Department of Health Services

The committee will hold a public hearing on Michael Harris- Hearing and Speech Examining Board; Paul Grebe- Radiography Examining Board; Karen Menendez Collar-  UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and Board; Susan Perry- Domestic Abuse Knowledge on the Council on Domestic Abuse; David Seligman- Hearing and Speech Examining Board; Senate Bill 89- licensure of dental therapists.

Assembly Committees

Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption

The Task force will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, August 19 where members will hear testimony from the Waukesha County Circuit Court; Grady, Hayes, & Neary LLC; Children’s Court Improvement Program; and the Director of State Courts.

Joint Legislative Audit Committee

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 20 where members will hear testimony regarding Audit Report 19-6: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

The Committee will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 22 regarding Assembly Bill 44, relating to: installation of a barricade device on an interior door in a school building; Assembly Bill 211, relating to: records of certain offenses related to operating a motor vehicle with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration; Assembly Bill 259, relating to: stalking; and Assembly Bill 262, relating to: liability of owners of vehicles involved in certain speed limit and failure to yield right-of-way violations, driver education instruction, and providing a penalty.  

Sign Up For Under the Dome Below!
button.jpg


 To view updated committee notices, visit the legislative website and click on Committee Schedule: Wisconsin State Legislature.

 The State Capitol Update is provided by the Senate and Assembly Democratic Caucuses. For additional information, please send an email to WisconsinDemocrats@legis.wi.gov or call toll free: 1.800.385.3385.