Lassa Bills Pass Legislature in Final Session

Children First bill, four others approved by Senate


Madison – A bill to expand Children First services to more Wisconsin counties was among five proposals authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) cleared the Wisconsin Senate today during its final scheduled regular floor session for the current biennium.

Three of the bills have previously passed the Assembly, and are now on their way to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law.

One of the measures would allow courts to assign parents to participate in Children First programs outside their home counties.  Children First is a local program that provides employment placement, training, and other support services to non-custodial parents who cannot pay child support because they are unemployed or underemployed.

“Children First is successful in helping unemployed parents meet their child support obligations, but not every county has these programs,” Sen. Lassa said. “This measure will allow judges to assign parents to Children First programs in nearby counties, which will help more parents get jobs and stay current on child support. This will help parents better support themselves and their children.”

Other Lassa provisions passing the Senate today included:

  • A bill requiring human service and child care agencies to report to law enforcement and the national missing child database when a child in their care is missing.
  • A Senate Resolution proclaiming December, 2016 as Wisconsin Wing Civil Air Patrol Month. “December will be the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the Civil Air Patrol, which provides vital military training, first responders, and aviation education to the people of Wisconsin,” Sen. Lassa said.
  • A bill expanding the kinds of consumer protection cases in which violators may be ordered to reimburse the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
  • A resolution proclaiming May 3, 2016, as National Teacher Appreciation Day in Wisconsin for investigative expenses.

“Throughout this session, I have worked with colleagues of both parties on common-sense legislation to meet the needs of my constituents,” Sen. Lassa said.  “I’m pleased these bills gained strong bipartisan support and am confident the Governor will soon sign them into law.”