Capitol Update-Under the Dome

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September 27th, 2019

On Monday, Governor Evers announced the dates of a special election to fill the 7th Congressional District vacancy created by the resignation of U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy. The election will occur on January 27, 2020. A primary, if required, will occur on December 30, 2019. The timing of the election is to ensure that the people of Northern Wisconsin have representation in Congress as soon as possible.

Also this week, after six months of hearings the Assembly Speaker’s Task Force on Suicide Prevention released ten legislative recommendations to address suicides across our state. Despite these steps forward, the Republican-led task force failed to comprehensively address suicide prevention by ignoring the importance of Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) to prevent suicides by firearm. ERPO laws allow the courts, upon request from law enforcement, family members, or others, to temporarily disarm a person in crisis. Given the available data that shows ERPO laws having a direct effect on suicide prevention, its exclusion in the task force’s report is a glaring omission in a long list of legislative recommendations to prevent suicides in Wisconsin. Democrats on the task force released a report to Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. Joan Ballweg to consider ERPO legislation in order.

What Democrats are Saying 

   

​ Democratic Proposals

LRB 4429 Congratulating Madison-native Gabriella Deyi on her crowning as Miss Wisconsin USA 2020 (Rep. Stubbs)

LRB 2721 Bail jumping and providing a penalty (Rep. Crowley and Sen. Johnson): This bill does three things: (1) it makes bail jumping a class B misdemeanor (up to 90 days in jail), regardless of the underlying crime; (2) it limits bail jumping to being charged only once per underlying charge; and (3) it limits the violations where bail jumping can be charged to only: (a) intentionally missing a mandated court appearance, or (b) violation of a no-contact or protective condition of bail release.

LRB 4378 Designating the Bart Starr Memorial Bridge (Rep. Grusynski, Rep. Steffen, Sen. Hansen, Sen. Cowles)

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 Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection
The committee held a public hearing on the following bills: Senate Bill 195–  the display and sale of novelty lighters and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 233– withholding from a Wisconsin Retirement System lump sum payment or annuity to satisfy an order of restitution; Senate Bill 269–  tax increment value reporting errors and property tax reimbursement; Senate Bill 292– notices of eligibility to receive a prize.

Committee on Education
The committee held an executive session on the following bills: Senate Bill 160-  the method for providing notice of a special meeting of a school board; Assembly Bill 195–  a license to teach based on reciprocity and granting rule-making authority

Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs
The committee held an executive session on the following: Curtis Schmitt- Congressional District 1 Representative on the Board of Veterans Affairs; William Schrum- Congressional District 2 Representative on the 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 held a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 86–  registration and operation of vehicles defined as autocycles; Senate Bill 295–  harbor assistance grant for the city of Green Bay and making an appropriation.; Senate Bill 304– prohibited practices of motor vehicle manufacturers, importers, and distributors and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 411–  designating the Richard I. Bong Memorial Bridge

Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform
The committee held a public hearing on the following: Michael Gillick–  Commissioner on the Labor and Industry Review Commission; Senate Bill 318– obtaining evidence of the termination of certain property interests of a decedent; Senate Bill 40– the provision by employers to employees of written disclosure statements of the terms of employment, various changes pertaining to wage claims, occupational or professional licensing of employers that owe wages under wage claim judgments, and making an appropriation.

Committee on Health and Human Services
The committee held an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 217– diabetes care and prevention plan; 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; Dr. Lisa Slaby-Optometrist on the Optometry Examining Board; Dr. Sheldon Wasserman-a Doctor-Medicine Representative on the Medical Examining Board; Francis Groh– a Doctor-Medicine Representative on the Medical Examining Board; Kristin Lee– a Cosmetologist on the Cosmetology Examining Board; James Oppermann-Public Member on the Wisconsin Health and Educational Facilities Authority; Dr. Emmylou Wilson– Optometrist on the Optometry Examining Board; Randi Hanson– Occupational Therapist on the Occupational Therapists Affiliated Credentialing Board; James Allen 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; Joseph Schinkten-a 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; Jeff Miller– Public Member on the Massage Therapy and Bodywork Therapy Affiliated Credentialing Board; Karen Menendez Coller– Public Member on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and Board; Michael Harris– Otolaryngologist on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board; Paul Grebe-Physician on the Radiography Examining Board; Susan Perry-Domestic Abuse Knowledge on the Council on Domestic Abuse; David Seligman– Public Member on the Hearing and Speech Examining Board
Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues
The committee held a public hearing and an executive session on the following: Marge Bostelmann– Legislative Joint Appointment on the Wisconsin Elections Commission; Daniel Carlton– Commissioner of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission; Senate Bill 335– elections to a lake protection and rehabilitation district board of commissioners; Senate Bill 406– prohibiting a judge from holding a nonjudicial office of public trust while serving in the office to which the judge was appointed or elected; Senate Bill 422-time for issuing a certificate of election.

Committee on Agriculture, Revenue, and Financial Institution
The committee held an executive session on the following: Daniel Smith– Agriculture Representative on the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Dr. Diana Dommer Martin– Veterinarian on the Veterinary Examining Board; Carla Washington– Consumer Representative on the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Patty Edelburg–  Agriculture Representative on the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection; Senate Bill 351– a sales tax exemption for tangible personal property temporarily stored in this state; Senate Bill 362– repealing obsolete refundable tax credits.

Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families
The committee held an executive session on the following: 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; 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 350– eliminating administrative rule limitation on recovery of birth costs. By Joint Legislative Council; Edmund Manydeeds- a Congressional District 3 Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Karen Walsh– Congressional District 2 Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Olivia Woodmansee– Traditional Student Representative on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System; Terrance McGowan– Employee Representative on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; Mary Tyler– a Public Member on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; William Oemichen– Public Member on the College Savings Program Board; Susan Bauer– Public Member on the College Savings Program Board; Cooper Richason– Student Representative on the Wisconsin Technical College System Board; Senate Bill 25–  driver education instruction on human trafficking; Senate Bill 55– the minority teacher loan program; Senate Bill 61– a minor contracting for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program.

The committee will also hold a public hearing on the following: Senate Bill 205-transferring academic credits from military transcripts to University of Wisconsin System schools and technical colleges; Senate Bill 334-requirements for colleges when service member students are called into active duty; Senate Bill 398– waiting period for marriage after divorce judgment.

Committee on Local Government, Small Business, Tourism, Workforce Development
The committee will hold an executive session on the following: Senate Bill 146– due dates for paying property taxes; Assembly Bill 141-due dates for paying property taxes.

Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety
The committee will hold an executive session– Senate Bill 6– committing a fifth or sixth offense related to operating a vehicle while intoxicated and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 7– requiring persons accused of violating traffic laws and ordinances related to driving while intoxicated to appear in person in court; Assembly 15– requiring persons accused of violating traffic laws and ordinances related to driving while intoxicated to appear in person in court; Senate Bill 8– mandatory period of confinement for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and providing a penalty; Assembly Bill 17– mandatory period of confinement for homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 10– the intoxicated operation of snowmobiles and providing a penalty; Senate Bill 29– allowing district attorneys, deputy district attorneys, and assistant district attorneys to engage in the private practice of law for certain civil purposes; Senate Bill 34– creating a procedure for granting certificates of qualification for employment for persons convicted of a crime and making an appropriation;

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