Capitol Update
by Senator Howard Marklein
November 15, 2019


Eight Bi-Partisan Marklein Bills Are On the Governor's Desk

I am proud to report that eight bi-partisan bills that I authored are now on Governor Tony Evers’ desk for signature!
November has been a very productive month! Four more of my bills were approved by the State Assembly on November 12, 2019. All of the bills passed by the Assembly and those on the Governor’s desk are fully bi-partisan.  They all have a list of bi-partisan co-sponsors.  They all passed through committees with bi-partisan support and they all either received bi-partisan votes or voice votes on the floors of our houses.
The bills passed by the Assembly on November 12, 2019 include:

1.     SB 304 – Auto Dealer Warranty Work – Protects local auto dealers from punitive adverse actions on the part of automobile manufacturers when performing warranty work on behalf of the manufacturer.

2.     SB 362 – Obsolete Statutes – Deletes 19 pages of statutes related to tax credits that may no longer be claimed and will not impact any claimant eligibility under these credits.

3.     SB 457 – Banking & DFI Omnibus – Makes a variety of technical changes to statutes related to banks and the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI). This was a collaborative effort among banks statewide and the department to modernize state statutes.

4.     AB 471 – Public Safety Answering Points (PSAP) program – Allows the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) to develop the rules for a grant program to PSAPs which they will use to purchase updated equipment and provide training as WI upgrades to Next Generation 911 (NG-911). This bill is to move along the process of modernizing 911 statewide.

The following bills are now on Governor Evers’ desk awaiting signature:

1.     AB 194 – FORT waiver for Special Education Teacher Licensing.

2.     AB 195 – Waiver for out-of-state teacher licensing.

3.     SB 219 – Access to capital for agricultural businesses.

4.     SB 457 – Banking & DFI Omnibus.

5.     SB 362 – Obsolete Statutes.

6.     AB 471 – PSAP Program.

7.     SB 208 – Early Stage Seed Investment Credits.

8.     SB 304 – Auto Dealer Warranty Work.

All bills passed by the legislature are automatically sent to the Governor on December 5, 2019, unless he calls for them sooner.  I have invited Gov. Evers to sign the education-related bills in the 17th Senate District because they were initiated by local school districts and educational leaders he represents. I hope that he will sign them swiftly and I hope he will consider visiting one of our communities to sign them so that the people who worked so hard on these bills can partake in the historic moment.
I am also hopeful that the Governor will sign AB 471, related to the PSAP program quickly. This important bill is absolutely necessary for public safety throughout Wisconsin, especially in rural communities. The PSAP grant program needs to continue moving forward to modernize the 911 system in Wisconsin.
The other five bills each have significance to stakeholders and residents throughout Wisconsin and the 17th Senate District. My colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, and I worked hard to move these bills through the process. I appreciate the collaborative efforts and bi-partisan support provided to these important initiatives.

For more information and to connect with me, visit my website http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/17/marklein and subscribe to my weekly E-Update by sending an email to Sen.Marklein@legis.wisconsin.gov. Do not hesitate to call 800-978-8008 if you have input, ideas or need assistance with any state-related matters.

Marklein represents the 17th Senate District, which includes all or parts Grant, Green, Iowa, Juneau, Lafayette, Monroe, Richland, Sauk and Vernon counties. Marklein serves on the legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee and is Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions.