Laundry List of Last Ditch Legislation Passed by WI Assembly – Part One

Between 10am and 3pm on the last day of the legislative session, the WI Assembly passed the following bills.  Dozens more controversial proposals have yet to be debated:

About the only good news in the Assembly today was for homebrewers.

SB 395 expands the definition of “homebrewing” for tax exempt purposes and allows home brewers to enter their products in public competitions, tasting and other events.

SB 219 changes penalties in unemployment law for failing to report changes in employment or income.

SB 417 changes penalties in unemployment law regarding availability for work.  It also allows for appointment of non state workers to the Department of Workforce Development appeals tribunal.

SB 582 exempts rent-to-own businesses from consumer protection law and does not require them to disclose usurious interest rates.

SB 522 eliminates the Department of Transportation cost-benefit analysis requirement for contracting out road-building engineering services.  During a hearing on the bill, the DoT divulged that the department is so woefully understaffed that they hire private contractors to manage all of the department’s other private contractors.  Fox in charge of the hen house?

Rep. Amy Sue Vruwink speaks against raiding farmland protection funds

SB 396 allows for the provision of grants to private contractors managing the Department of Agriculture’s livestock registration program.  Grant funds will be taken from the Working Lands Initiative funded by a congressional earmark to help farmers conserve their land by purchasing development rights.

SB 407 regulates zinc air button cell batteries.

SB 426 is Sen. Alberta Darling’s welfare fraud bill that gives authority to case workers to cut off benefits of people who they believe to be intentionally violating program rules.  Rep. Gary Hebl said of the bill, “We all oppose fraud, but I think we support the US Constitution and the right of due process.” A majority disagreed and voted for the bill.



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7 Comments on “Laundry List of Last Ditch Legislation Passed by WI Assembly – Part One”

  1. gnarlytrombone March 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

    Thank you, Rebecca!

  2. sue March 15, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    Thanks for the report, Rebecca. I’m glad the Republicans are so focused on jobs! What a sad, depressing session.

  3. Britt March 16, 2012 at 6:37 am #

    I’m glad we’re going to be taking control away from republi-can’ts with the recalls. They are a disgrace to our state and our nation. I also think we should sue the GOP for our misspent taxpayer dollars.

  4. Jennifer F. Valenti March 16, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    Is Part 2 coming when they finally finish up? Might as well get totally depressed.

  5. Beverly Skelton March 20, 2012 at 10:49 am #


    The venom in there hearts came through their verbal words and pinched body language. I could hardly watch.

    What is the proposed date for part 2 when/if they finish up. I’ve lost track of the dates as time has lost perspective for me, what with daylight saving moving the time of the year and the warp speed of the republicans.

    I feel the energy your describe, Rebecca, but it doesn’t last long enough. I wish the recall candidates felt certain and that so much doesn’t feel up in the air or still sitting in committees, mostly finance.

    I want to be positive all the time. I wish I could make it to the Penokee camping/picnic and maybe can. Does anyone know who mentioned having room for 2 in a car from Waunakee and more about the rooms avail at Bar River?

    I’m not on a downer. Really. I have the drive in me to keep it all moving forward in the good way.

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