Legislative Laundry List Part Two

From 3pm to 7pm the following bills were passed by the WI Assembly.  Still on deck, criminalizing abortion providers, trashing navigable water regulations, privatizing Milwaukee Area Tech College board, and water pollution credit trading, among dozens of others.

WI Right to Life lobbyist Sue Armacost and Executive Director Barbara Lyons await SB 306 while floating toilets are debated.

SB 453 is an omnibus bill that lays out the scope of authority of the newly created Department of Safety and Professional Services.

SB 262 loosens permitting requirements for floating toilets on the St. Croix river. Democrats wondered why this bill took precedence over jobs.

SB 459 expands the kind of economic development projects that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority may fund through bonds and notes, and increases funding limits.


Jim Bender, President and lobbyist for School Choice Wisconsin, worked hard to exempt voucher schools from accountability measures while securing increased flows of public education dollars to them.

SB 524 is a state law drafted to fix a tax levy problem in the city of Fox Lake that occurred as the result of a valuation error by the city assessor. It lifts the limits on the 2012 tax levy and is sponsored by Scott and Jeff Fitzgerald. Does this mean the Fitzgeralds wrote a bill to raise taxes?

SB 114 changes the state budget process to require the Legislative Reference Bureau to provide an earmark transparency report for each budget.

SB 153  requires the Group Insurance Board to offer their health insurance plan to local government employers who are not participating employers in the Wisconsin Retirement System. .

SB 173 permits the juvenile courts to transfer electronic records to a law enforcement agency through the CCAP system.

SB 463 amends the angel investment tax credit program to require business receiving the credit to stay in state for at least three years following the receipt of a bona fide angel investment and assesses a penalty if the business relocates outside of the state within three years.

SB 461 creates the Read to Lead Development Council in the Office of the Governor that consists of the governor, the state superintendent of public instruction, four legislators, and 15 additional members appointed by the governor. It will create teacher training, licensing and evaluation programs for public school teachers, but not for private voucher or charter school teachers.

SB 271 is another voter suppression bill that prohibits municipal clerks from returning absentee ballots to voters if they find mistakes in them, and prohibits people from voting in person if they have cast an absentee ballot. Republican Rep. Kathy Bernier said, “absentee voting is a privilege, not a right.”


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5 Comments on “Legislative Laundry List Part Two”

  1. lacuna March 15, 2012 at 9:27 pm #

    Utter madness.

  2. Thomas J. Mertz March 15, 2012 at 9:35 pm #

    Make it stop!

    • Rebecca Kemble March 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      and we’re only halfway through.

    • Rebecca Kemble March 15, 2012 at 10:00 pm #

      maybe someone will call in a bomb threat.


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