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August 23, 2019

This week, Gov. Evers signed an executive order aimed at lowering Wisconsin's prescription drug prices.  This major step towards making healthcare affordable will ensure that Wisconsin's seniors and families receive fair pricing on vital prescription drugs. 

Also, late last week Gov. Evers announced an executive order to address Wisconsin's clean energy. This order creates the Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy within the Department of Administration and sets a goal that of all electricity consumed within the state of Wisconsin is 100% carbon-free by 2050. Not only will clean energy prevent continued damage to our climate, but it will also generate thousands of family-supporting jobs in Wisconsin. Gov. Evers and Democrats are committed to creating clean and safe jobs that will benefit current and future generations of Wisconsinites.

 

What Democrats Are Saying  

   
​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 3892 Recognizing August as Immunization Awareness Month in Wisconsin (Rep. Hintz, Rep. Vorgpagel, Rep. Kolste, Rep. Myers, Rep. Reimer)

LRB 0278 The Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill (Sen. Hansen, Rep. Shankland): This bill represents common sense solutions for Wisconsin’s student loan borrowers.

LRB 3789 Recognizing and proclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month (Rep. Zamarripa and Rep. Anderson)

LRB 3689 Restoration of Shared Governance to the University of Wisconsin – System (Rep. Hesselbein, Rep. Stubbs, Rep. Emerson, Sen. Shilling, Sen. Risser): 
This simple step to upgrade the faculty’s role from advisory to decision-making will send a much-needed message of respect to the university community. It will restore to University managers an important recruiting tool. It will build system loyalty and improve the quality of decisions.

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 Agriculture, Revenue and Financial Institutions

The committee held an executive session on Senate Bill 188-  regulating hemp, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation (Passed 9-0)

The committee also held 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 held an executive session on Andrea Palm-  Secretary of the Department of Health Services (Passed 4-1). 

The committee held 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.

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 Adoption

The Task force held a Public Hearing on Monday, August 19 where members heard 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 held a Public Hearing on Tuesday, August 20 where members heard testimony regarding Audit Report 19-6: Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety

The Committee held 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. 

Next Week in the Legislature

Senate Committees

Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families

The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Emilie Amudson-  Secretary of the Department of Children and Families; Senate Bill 25- driver education instruction on human trafficking; Senate Bill 42- University of Wisconsin research contracts; Senate Bill 55- the minority teacher loan program; Senate Bill 61- a minor contracting for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program; Senate Bill 113-  increasing funding for the child psychiatry consultation program and making an appropriation. 

The committee will also hold a public hearing on the following: Susan Bauer- Public Member on the College Savings Program Board; William Oemichen- Public Member on the College Savings Program Board; Cooper Richason-  WTCS Student Representative on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; Oliva Woddmansee-  Traditional Student Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Edmund Mandydeeds-  Traditional Student Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Karen Walsh-  Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Mark Tayler- Member on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; Terrance McGowan- Representative on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; Senate Bill 117-  adopting revisions to the state's uniform athlete agents act and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 142-late payment of tuition benefits for student veterans enrolled in the University of Wisconsin System or a technical college; Senate Bill 158-  presumption and conclusive determination of paternity on the basis of genetic test results and orders that may be granted on the basis of genetic test results; Senate Bill 166- eligibility for physician, dentist, and health care provider educational loan assistance programs; Senate Bill 230-  teacher preparatory programs and granting rule-making authority

 

Assembly Committees

Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality

The Task force will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 28 where members will hear testimony from the Wisconsin Wetlands Association; Brown and Kewaunee Counties; Fox Wolf Watershed Alliance; Alliance for the Great Lakes; Wisconsin Realtors Association. The task force will also hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, August 29 where members will hear testimony from the American Chemistry – Council, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Health Services; River Alliance of Wisconsin; Marinette and Oconto Counties; Johnson Controls; and S.O H2O.

Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption

The Task force held a Public Hearing on Wednesday, August 28 where members will hear testimony from the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Wisconsin State Public Defender, and La Crosse County Corporation Counsel.

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