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August 2nd, 2019

This week, the Governor signed an executive order to address lead pollution in Wisconsin's drinking water. Executive Order 36 reaffirms Gov. Evers' commitment to eliminate lead pipes, protect public health, and ensure access to clean drinking water. This order creates a position within the Department of Health Services (DHS) to facilitate and coordinate efforts to reduce lead exposure in our water. Executive Order 36 also directs DHS to create collaboration among local health departments and community organizations to help protect Wisconsinites from lead poisoning.

Additionally, Gov. Evers announced efforts by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to address nitrates in ground and surface water. As part of the announcement, Gov. Evers directed the DNR to establish nitrate performance standards for soil most likely to be contaminated.

Both of these actions are critical steps by the Evers administration to ensure that 2019 is the "Year of Clean Water."

 

What Democrats Are Saying  

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 3764 Bonding for lead service line replacement and granting bonding authority (Sen. Johnson and Rep. Haywood): This bill increases the bonding authority for the state Safe Drinking Water Loan Program by $40,000,000 and requires the Department of Administration to allocate up to $40,000,000 of the authorized public debt to projects involving forgivable loans to private users of public water systems to cover not more than 50 percent of the cost to replace lead service lines. 

LRB 3233 and LRB 3778 Local Contracts with Federal Government (Rep. Cabrera, Rep. Brostoff, Rep. Taylor, and Sen. Larson): This bill would bring an end to immigration detention in Wisconsin by disallowing local governmental units from entering into contracts with the federal government to house or detain individuals for civil immigration offenses and by barring the Department of Corrections from approving any facility that is proposed for the purpose of immigration detention.

LRB 3246 and LRB 3782 Limiting the cooperation of state and local law enforcement officers with certain federal immigration enforcement activities (Rep. Cabrera, Rep. Brostoff, and Sen. Larson):
 This bill limits the extent to which the Department of Justice and local law enforcement officers may cooperate with federal immigration enforcement activities.

LRB 3630 The CROWN (Creating a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural hair) Act (Rep. Myers, Rep. Stubbs, Sen. Taylor and Sen. Johnson): This CROWN Act would update our state statutes to help ensure protection against discrimination based on hairstyles by specifying in statute that the protected class of race also includes traits historically associated with race identification, such as hair texture and protective hairstyles

LRB 3764 Bonding for lead service line replacement and granting bonding authority (Sen. Johnson and Rep. Haywood): 
This bill increases the bonding authority for the state Safe Drinking Water Loan Program by $40,000,000 and requires the Department of Administration to allocate up to $40,000,000 of the authorized public debt to projects involving forgivable loans to private users of public water systems to cover not more than 50 percent of the cost to replace lead service lines. 

LRB 2251 Outdoor Advertising Signs (Rep. Stuck): The bill makes numerous changes to statute governing the placement and maintenance of billboards. Some of the provisions include expanding jurisdiction of the billboard laws to all state trunk highways and scenic byways, defines customary maintenance for signs, prohibits the use of digital billboards, and prohibits the removal of vegetation by billboard companies. 

LRB 0892 Creating a nonrefundable income tax credit for costs paid to eliminate exposure to a lead hazard in a dwelling (Rep. Gruszynski and Sen. Johnson): This bill creates a nonrefundable individual income tax credit and a corporate income and franchise tax credit for costs paid to eliminate a lead hazard in a dwelling or residential condominium unit in this state (residence).

LRB 1502 Lead Testing as Part of Child Care Center License and Child Care Provider Certification (Rep. Ohnstad, Rep. Taylor, Rep. Shankland, Sen. Johnson, Sen. Larson): 
This bill requires child care centers and child care providers to test for lead in drinking water and to provide potable water if lead contamination is found in order to obtain, renew, or continue a child care center license or child care provider certification.

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 are no senate committees scheduled 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

Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention
The taskforce held a public hearing on July 29th in Marshfield and heard testimony from the following organizations: National Farm Medicine Center, the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, National Farm Medicine Center, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension.

Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules
The committee held a public hearing and executive session on July 31st on the following: EmR 1907- harvest management regulations in the Lake Superior Fishery and affecting small business (DNR); EmR 1908- Educator licenses for military spouses (DPI); EmR1909- Cleanup revisions to educator license rules (DPI); Clearinghouse Rule 19-031- brownfield green space and public facilities grant program; Clearinghouse Rule 19-040- waste tire removal and recovery; Clearinghouse Rule 19-046- forestry research and development grant program; Clearinghouse Rule 19-047- Relating to state market development priorities for recycled and recyclable materials. 

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Health and Human Services
The committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, August 6th on the following: Gregory Quandt- Massage/Bodywork Therapist on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board; Barbara Carter- Physical Therapist Assistant on the Physical Therapy Examining Board; Tony Peterangelo-  Pharmacist on the Pharmacy Examining Board; Jeffery Clark- Optometrist on the Optometry Examining Board; Lisa Slaby- Optometrist on the Optometry Examining Board; Sheldon Wasserman- Doctor-Medicine Representative on the Medical Examining Board; Francis Groh- Cemetery Business Representative on the Cemetery Board; Kristin Lee- Cosmetologist on the Cosmetology Examining Board; Emmylou Wilson-  Optometrist on the Optometry Examining Board; Randi Hanson- Occupational Therapist on the Occupational Therapists; James Dietsche- Public Member on the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; John Greene- Psychologist on the Psychology Examining Board; Teresa Black- Occupational Therapist Assistant on the Occupational Therapists Affiliated Credentialing Board; Joesph Schinkten-  Funeral Director/Embalmer on the Funeral Directors Examining Board; Dawn Adams-  Funeral Director/Embalmer on the Funeral Directors Examining Board; Jaime Ehmer- Technical College Representative on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board; Ramona Trudeau-  Massage/Bodywork Therapy School Representative on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board; Todd McEldowney- Public Member on the Physical Therapy Examining Board; Senate Bill 217- diabetes care and prevention plan. 

Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs
The committee will hold a public hearing on Curtis Schmitt- Representative on the Board of Veterans Affairs; William Schrum- Board of Veterans Affairs; Senate Bill 263-  Bills making honorary designations of state highways or bridges; Assembly Bill 249- Bills making honorary designations of state highways or bridges; Senate Bill 319-  The transportation facilities economic assistance and development program; Senate Bill 320- Evidence of ownership for purposes of obtaining certain motor vehicle certificates of title.

The committee will hold an executive session on Curt Thompson- Secretary of the Department of Transportation; Mary Kolar-  Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs

Assembly Committees

 There are no Assembly Committees scheduled at this time.

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