Legislative Session Wrap Up Part 2: Bills Passed on March 15
In last week’s column I reviewed the 11 bills I authored or co-authored
that were passed by the Senate on Tuesday, March 15, 2016. Governor Scott
Walker signed two of these bills on Monday, March 21, 2016 as a part of his
Cabinet on the Road events in southwest Wisconsin.
Photo: Sen. Marklein and Rep. Todd Novak
(R-Dodgeville) joined Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer
Protection (DATCP) Secretary Ben Brancel at Quality Liquid Feeds in
Dodgeville. Cory Berg, President & CEO, gave an overview of the company.
· Allows Veteran IDs for voting purposes.
· Makes Voter Registration available to anyone, online.
· Uses technology to clean up Wisconsin's voter rolls.
Alzheimer's & Dementia Issues - a package of bills to address issues related to Alzheimer's and dementia healthcare in Wisconsin:
· AB 786 – Dementia Crisis Unit – requires Department of Health Services to prepare a report describing where individuals who have dementia are currently placed in crisis situations and proposing a pilot program for coalitions of two or more counties to create dementia crisis units.
· AB 787 – Respite Care – additional funding for DHS to fund respite care. This bill recognizes the importance of the family and caregivers who provide care for individuals with Alzheimer's and dementia. Every caregiver, including family members, deserves a break to refresh and rejuvenate. This bill provides funding for DHS to help caregivers recharge so that they can continue to provide care for their loved ones.
· AB 790 – Dementia training grants - requires the Department of Health Services to award grants to counties or regions of counties for their mobile crisis teams to obtain training on recognizing and serving individuals with dementia.
launches Go Wild licensing system as part of campaign to encourage outdoor
Implementation of the new system is part of a broader Go Wild campaign that encourages people to head outdoors and enjoy the numerous recreational opportunities made possible by the sound management of Wisconsin's natural resources.
The new system, accessible at GoWild.Wi.Gov, allows customers to get licenses, tags and other DNR products through more than 1,000 vendors statewide, at DNR Service Centers and offers easy access on mobile devices through the website. The new system secures licensing and registration information electronically and enables customers to use a variety of methods for providing proof of purchases while out enjoying Wisconsin's exceptional natural resources. New proof of purchase opportunities provided through Go Wild include an optional personal conservation card, an authenticated Wisconsin driver's license, a plain paper copy or a pdf display on a mobile device such as a smartphone.
"We're excited to introduce these new options as we work to make all of our great outdoor recreational activities more accessible than ever before," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "With Go Wild, there's no more waiting for regular retail hours or a delay until a license arrives by mail. We also expect the optional personal conservation card to be a big hit. Some customers have already told us they plan to get multiple cards so they can keep a version handy in their tackle box, hunting kit and glove compartment of a recreational vehicle."
Mark Rappe, of DNR's bureau of customer and outreach services, said the department conducted extensive testing on the system to ensure it would be ready for the high customer volume associated with the spring turkey hunt. In recent years, hunters have purchased approximately 100,000 "leftover" permits not issued through the spring turkey permit drawing. This year, the sales for Zone 1 permits begin March 21 at 10 a.m.; Zone 2 permits on March 22; Zone 3 permits on March 23; Zone 4 permits on March 24 and Zones 5, 6 and 7 on March 25. More than 109,000 spring turkey permits will be available in all and leftover sales will continue for all zones on March 26.
"We believe our hunters will find the new Go Wild system easier to navigate with the added benefit of paper carcass tags," Rappe said. "Hunters will be able to print these out themselves or receive a copy from the vendor. The tags still need to be validated upon harvest but for most species hunters will be able to keep the completed tags with them as long as they are with the carcass."
Rappe said GoWild.WI.Gov also acts as a portal to help plan adventures that make the most of Wisconsin's great outdoors. The site links to information on hunting and fishing opportunities, Wisconsin's unparalleled network of state parks, trails and natural areas and a variety of maps.
No fee increases are planned as part of the upgrade and online user convenience fees have been eliminated for customers who use electronic checks. Online service options include hunting licenses, fishing licenses and Conservation Patron licenses.
Later this month boat, snowmobile, ATV and UTV registrations will be added. Once implementation is complete, www.GoWild.Wi.Gov also will be the spot to get ATV, UTV and snowmobile trail passes, sign-up for a safety education courses and much more.
This year, renewal notices for ATVs and UTVs were sent out in January and renewal notices for boats will be arriving in customer's mailboxes over the weekend or early next week. For those recreational vehicles that expire at the end of the month, customers will need to keep a copy of the renewal notice in their vehicle until they receive the registration stickers in the mail.
The system also makes it easier to obtain a reprint or printed hard-copy of the original hunting, trapping or fishing approval or safety certificate. With the ability to reprint products from the convenience of home, there is no need to drive to a license agent to purchase a duplicate if you lose your license or carcass tags.
While the new Go Wild system will not provide the option of purchasing by phone, DNR customer service agents will be able to assist customers who would like assistance as they navigate the system or have questions about a transaction. The customer service number remains 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463).
To learn more, visit www.GoWild.Wi.Gov or visit www.DNR.Wi.Gov and search "Go Wild." Informational resources include fact sheets, descriptions of how and when certain forms of proof apply as well as tagging information for a variety of game.
In The 17th Senate District
Governor Signs Marklein & Novak Bills to Create
Frank Lloyd Wright Trail
On Monday, March 21, 2016, Governor Scott Walker visited southwest Wisconsin and brought his cabinet on the road. As a part of the approximately 65 events throughout our communities, the Governor met with Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and I to sign Assembly Bill (AB) 512 to become Act 270 and AB 771 to become Act 271. I was the Senate lead on both of those bills.
Act 270 creates a specified and designated highway route in the counties of Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Waukesha, Jefferson, Dane, Iowa, Sauk, and Richland as the “Frank Lloyd Wright Trail” to identify buildings that have particular significance to Frank Lloyd Wright and his career. The Department of Tourism will market the locations on the trail that are open to the public. The Frank Lloyd Wright trail will be a great tourist attraction in Wisconsin. Not only will it highlight Frank Lloyd Wright and his prolific career, it will market the buildings that illustrate the beauty and complexity of his design. Act 270 was signed into law at Taliesin in Spring Green. Photo Above, left to right: Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine), Sen. Howard Marklein, Governor Scott Walker, Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine).
For more interesting photos from the Act 270 signing, please visit the Wright In Racine website: www.wrightinracine.com
Best of luck to the Wisconsin Badgers and Coach Greg Gard,
Channel 3 did a great story about Coach Greg Gard's childhood and
hometown, Cobb, WI.
Wisconsin Monthly Housing Statistics
The Wisconsin Realtors Association released the following data related to housing in Wisconsin on March 21, 2016. To see more data related to these statistics, please visit their website.
Wisconsin Regional Report
Reflecting residential data through February 2016
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