Capitol Update
June 10, 2019Like us on Facebook
Contents Inclu de:
1. Senate Passes Pro-Life Bills
2. Assembly Passes Expungement Bill
3. Upcoming Hearings of Interest
4. New Bills of Interest
Senate Passes Pro-Life Bills
As reported in the last Update, the WCC testified in support of five pro-life bills that aim to protect children, provide more information to women seeking abortion, and better track and regulate abortions in Wisconsin. The Senate last week passed four of them, AB-179 , AB-180, AB-182, and AB-183. The bills now await Governor Evers' action. He has stated that he will veto them. The Legislature does not have the necessary votes to override his vetoes. Despite the Governor's opposition to the bills, readers are asked to please voice their support for these bills. To do so, click here .
Assembly Passes Expungement Bill
Assembly Bill 33 (Rep. David Steffen, R-Green Bay) removes the requirement that a judge must make the expungement determination at the time of sentencing and allows for expungement beyond age 25. The bill passed the Assembly and now awaits action in the Senate. The WCC registered in support.
Upcoming Hearings of Interest
(N.B. Only bills of interest are flagged. In most cases, committees will be considering other bills as well.)
Joint Senate Committee on Judiciary & Public Safety and Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety, 1:30 pm, Wed, June 12, 412 E
AB-188  Juvenile Facilities (Schraa, Michael) Facilities for holding juveniles in secure custody.
Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, 2:00 pm, Wed, June 12, Mauston High School Auditorium, 800 Grayside Ave., Mauston
Invited Testimony:
  • Trout Unlimited
  • Wisconsin Association of Professional Agricultural Consultants
  • Juneau, Sauk and Wood Counties
  • Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association
  • Petenwell and Castle Rock Stewards
Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality, 10:00 am, Thu, June 13, Cleary Alumni & Friends Center, 615 E Avenue North, La Crosse
10:00 am - Members of the Task Force will meet for a tour of a local wetland.
12:30 pm - Invited Testimony:
  • Wisconsin Rural Water Association
  • State of Minnesota
  • Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • La Crosse County
  • Carbon Cycle Consulting LLC
Speaker's Task Force on Suicide Prevention, 10:30 am, Mon, June 17, Great Hall, Harwood Memorial Union, Ripon College, 300 W. Seward St., Ripon
10:30 am - Documentary screening of "Kids in Crisis: You're Not Alone" followed by public hearing
12:00 pm - Invited testimony:
  • Department of Public Instruction
  • CESA 6 Safe & Health Schools & Communities Network
  • Ho-Chunk Nation Youth Services
  • Office of Children's Mental Health
  • University of Wisconsin System
Public hearing to follow invited testimony.
Speaker's Task Force on Adoption, 1:00 pm, Wed, June 19, 417 N
Invited testimony:
  • Department of Children and Families
  • Coalition for Children, Youth and Families
  • Children's Hospital of WI
  • Lutheran Social Services of WI and Upper MI
New Bills of Interest
SB-211  Victim Self-Defense  (Bernier, Kathy)  Self-defense for victims of sex trafficking. Referred to Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety AB-228 (Bowen, David)
SB-225  Palliative Care Council  (Petrowski, Jerry) Establishing a Palliative Care Council. Referred to Assembly Aging and Long-Term Care AB-242 (Snyder, Pat)
SB-232 Parental Rights (Jacque, André) Termination of parental rights; the rights of alleged fathers in certain proceedings; and payments allowed in connection with an adoption. Referred to Senate Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children & Families AB-263 (Brandtjen, Janel)
SB-237 Medical Marijuana (Bernier, Kathy)  Persons who use medical marijuana legally and possession of a firearm and confidentiality of the registry status of a person on a medical marijuana registry. Referred to Assembly State Affairs AB-236 (Sortwell, Shae)
SB-254 Advance Directives (Marklein, Howard) Certifications for advance directives and findings of incapacity related to powers of attorney for health care. Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
SB-258 After-School Grants (Darling, Alberta) Creating a grant program to support after-school and out-of-school-time programs, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. Referred to Senate Committee on Education AB-268 (Rohrkaste, Mike)
SB-259 Trauma-Informed Care (Testin, Patrick) Trauma-informed care position grants and making an appropriation. Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
SB-262 Immunization Exemptions (Carpenter, Tim)  Eliminating personal conviction exemption from immunizations. Referred to Assembly Constitution and Ethics AB-248 (Hintz, Gordon)
SB-267 Homestead Tax Credit (Ringhand, Janis) Increasing the homestead tax credit maximum income. Referred to Senate Committee on Agriculture, Revenue, & Financial Institutions
SB-270 Suicide Prevention Grant (Taylor, Lena) Grants to the Center for Suicide Awareness, Inc., and making an appropriation. Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
SB-286 Pharmacist Prescriptions (Bernier, Kathy) Permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Referred to Senate Committee on Health & Human Services
AB-255 Medical Assistance Reimbursement (Subeck, Lisa) Increasing reimbursement for personal care services under the Medical Assistance program, Medicaid expansion and eligibility for BadgerCare Plus and BadgerCare Plus Core, and making an appropriation. Referred to Assembly Medicaid Reform and Oversight
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