Assembly Passes Legislation Prohibiting Pre-Existing Condition Exclusions

In an unplanned vote along party lines just after 1:00 a.m. on June 22, the Assembly passed legislation to prohibit plans, when setting rates, premiums, deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance, from considering whether an individual (including a dependent) who has continuous coverage has a pre-existing condition. “Continuous coverage” would mean coverage in the 12-month period before […]

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Floor Report: June 14 & 21

Over the last two weeks, the Wisconsin Senate and Assembly convened for what is expected to be the last floor days for regular business until fall. The legislature will be back on the floor sometime this summer to take up the 2017-19 budget. The Senate and Assembly were both in session on June 14 and […]

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JFC Rejects Self-Insurance Proposal

As expected, on June 15, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) unanimously rejected the governor’s self-insurance proposal. After rejecting the contracts, JFC co-chairs Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) put forth their own budget motion, which passed unanimously and still achieved the savings target ($63.9 million general purpose revenue (GPR)) over the […]

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JFC Meets Thursday, June 15 on Self-Insurance, Corrections

On Thursday, June 15, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) met after a weeklong break, to take up the governor’s self-insurance proposal, the Department of Employee Trust Funds and the Department of Corrections. JFC has not reconvened since the June 15 meeting, as the Assembly and Senate leadership and JFC co-chairs hash out the remaining […]

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SCOTUS to Hear Wisconsin Redistricting Case

On June 19, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will review the legal challenge to the Republicans’ redistricting map. By 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court also granted Attorney General Brad Schimel’s request to stay the lower court’s order requiring a timely redrawing of the Assembly district map. The redistricting case, Gill v. Whitford, was brought […]

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Timeline: Special Session on Opioid Abuse

Timeline: Special Session on Opioid Abuse

As the Senate passed the last of the 2017 Special Session on Opioid Abuse bills last week, take a look back at the recent history of opioid abuse prevention and education legislation in Wisconsin. Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) has chaired the effort to combat Wisconsin’s opioid epidemic with his Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) […]

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Signed Into Law: Delivery Drones, Dental Hygienists

Gov. Scott Walker signed ten bills into law at the state capitol on Wednesday, June 21. Walker signed several bills passed by the legislature in the June 14 floor session, as well as some previous proposals from the legislature this session. The bills included: AB 25, which eliminates work permits for 16- and 17-year olds […]

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Justice Gableman Will Not Seek Reelection

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman announced last week that he will not seek reelection to the state’s highest court. His seat is up in April 2018. Former Michael Best attorney Michael Screnock, now a sitting Sauk County Circuit Court judge, announced that he will run for the Gableman spot. Gov. Scott Walker appointed Screnock […]

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Bills of Note: Marsy's Law

Bills of Note: Marsy’s Law

On June 15, the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety held a joint hearing on a bill that would elevate victims’ rights under Wisconsin law. AJR 47/SJR 53, authored by Rep. Todd Novak (R-Dodgeville) and Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), proposes a Wisconsin constitutional amendment […]

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Bills of Note: FoodShare Reform

Rep. André Jacque (R-DePere) and Sen. Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) recently authored bills (AB 263/SB 174) that aim to reduce fraud in the state’s FoodShare program for low-income households. The companion bills create optional incentive programs for counties to receive reward payments for identifying fraud. In addition, the legislation allows for the removal of benefits […]

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