Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Right to Try

On Wednesday August 16, the Senate Health and Human Services Committee held a public hearing on Senate Bill 84/Assembly Bill 69, or “Right to Try.” Rep. Patrick Snyder (R-Schofield) and Sen. Terry Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) introduced AB 69, which would allow eligible patients that have a terminal illness, have considered all other available treatment options, […]

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Signed by Governor: REINS Act

Signed by Governor: REINS Act

On Wednesday, August 9, Gov. Scott Walker signed the REINS (Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny) Act into law at the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce. The bill, which makes various administrative rule changes, was reintroduced this session by Sen. Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) after passing the Assembly last […]

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Foxconn Package Moves in Assembly, Budget Timing Uncertain

Foxconn Package Moves in Assembly, Budget Timing Uncertain

Activities in the capitol over the past two weeks continued to center around Foxconn. The Assembly pushed the incentive package through committee and a floor vote this week. After introducing the Senate version last week and referring it to the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), the Senate has yet to take any action on the bill. […]

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Crowded Field of Dem Candidates for Governor Grows

It was not that long ago when it seemed each new day brought on the announcement of another potential Democratic challenger stating that they would in fact “not” challenge sitting Gov. Scott Walker in the November 2018 election. Democratic insiders were getting nervous while Republicans enjoyed the frequent routine of potential top tier candidates publicly […]

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Wisconsin Civil Justice Council Files Amicus Brief in Mayo Case

Last week, the Wisconsin Civil Justice Council (WCJC) filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court of Wisconsin in Ascaris Mayo v. Wis. Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund. WCJC supports the patients’ compensation fund position on the validity of the $750,000 cap on noneconomic damages arising out of medical malpractice claims. The brief asked […]

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Walmart Joins Gov. Scott Walker to Support Red Cross Flood Relief Efforts

Walmart Joins Gov. Scott Walker to Support Red Cross Flood Relief Efforts

Gov. Scott Walker was in Milwaukee this week to support American Red Cross’s flood relief effort for Wisconsin families affected by storms last month. Walker has declared a state of emergency in 20 counties due to July’s floods and rain damage throughout the state. In response to the floods, Red Cross has aided more than […]

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What Happens First: State Budget or Foxconn?

It was a big week for Wisconsin with the announcement of Foxconn’s $10 billion investment in a new manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. The governor and Republican legislators were quick to deem the announcement as “transformational” and “historical”, praising the potential investment and job creation with palpable excitement. Meanwhile, some Democrats voiced concerns over the overall […]

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Bills of Note: Information Technology Manufacturing Zone (Foxconn Package)

On July 28, Gov. Scott Walker called for a special session of the legislature on economic development. More specifically, the special session was called for the legislature to take up the state’s $3 billion Foxconn incentive package. The day prior, the governor entered a Memorandum of Understanding with Foxconn, with Foxconn committing to investing $10 […]

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Signed By Governor: Credit Card Skimmers, Scope Statement Expiration

Signed By Governor: Credit Card Skimmers, Scope Statement Expiration

Gov. Scott Walker signed 20 bills into law at the Capitol on Wednesday, Aug. 2. The bills included: Act 39, which specifies the expiration of agency scope statements after 30 months (SB 100) Act 42, which allows pharmacy students to administer vaccines (SB 172) Act 53, which adds waste heat recovery to the list of […]

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Great Lakes Legal Foundation Files Amicus Brief in Tetra Tech Case

This week, Great Lakes Legal Foundation (GLLF) filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court in Tetra Tech Inc. v. Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The brief was filed on behalf of 11 Wisconsin associations, including Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and Associated Builders and Contractors – Wisconsin Chapter. The Supreme Court specifically requested parties […]

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