Floor Report: Senate, Assembly Vote on Lead Pipes, Mining, Constitutional Convention

The Senate and Assembly convened several times over the past two weeks in the last floor sessions of 2017. While little controversial legislation is likely to be taken up the rest of session as legislators look ahead to the 2018 elections, several big pieces of legislation were sent to the governor, including administrative rule review […]

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Rep. Macco Announces Ways and Means Committee Restructure

Assembly Ways and Means Committee Chair John Macco (R-Ledgeview) announced last week a restructuring of the committee in anticipation of potential federal tax reform and long-term changes at the state level. Macco announced four new subcommittees that will review Wisconsin’s tax code: Personal and Corporate Taxes – Chaired by Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) Local Taxation […]

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Speaker Vos Creates New Committee on International Affairs & Commerce

On Nov. 3, Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) announced he is creating a standing committee for cultivating and strengthening international relationships in order to attract foreign investments in Wisconsin. In addition to encouraging foreign investments, the new Assembly Committee on International Affairs and Commerce will develop incentives promoting international trade, communication, and tourism. Last […]

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Senate and Assembly In Session Next Week

After passing over potential floor dates in September in the wake of budget and Foxconn negotiations, the Senate and Assembly are set to be on the floor again next week. The Assembly will be in session on Thursday, Nov. 2, and Thursday, Nov. 9. Assembly members were also told to keep Tuesday, Nov. 7, open […]

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Worker’s Comp Bill Update

Legislation proposed by the Wisconsin Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council (WCAC) has been finalized and is ready for introduction in the legislature.  Historically, once a WCAC approved bill was introduced, it went through a simple process of committee review and quick passage in the legislature.  However, with more controversial items included – specifically a health service […]

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Bills of Note: PSC

The Public Service Commission (PSC) of Wisconsin staff, as they have in previous sessions, have drafted a bill of modest process reforms for consideration by the legislature. This session, PSC staff are working legislation to: Exempt from the need for PSC approval a rebuild of an existing transmission line (and associated facilities) provided that not […]

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Bills of Note: Unemployment Insurance

In September, Sen. Stephen Nass (R-Whitewater) and Rep. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) introduced a bill (SB 399/AB 516) that would make various changes to unemployment insurance law in Wisconsin, which is administered by the Department of Workforce Development (DWD). The bill is the agreed bill between labor and management members of the Unemployment Insurance Advisory Council […]

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Family Medical Leave Reform To Be Introduced

Sen. Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Reps. Joan Ballweg (R – Markesan) and Mike Rohrkaste (R – Neenah) sent out a cosponsorship memo last week asking for support of their federalization of Wisconsin’s Family Medical Leave Law (FMLA). Wisconsin passed their FMLA law in 1988 under Gov. Thompson prior to President Clinton signing […]

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Hire Heroes Program Receives Hearings

WPS employee and veteran Timothy LaSage testified in favor of the Hire Heroes bills moving through the legislature.  LaSage, a retired 1st Sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps and two-time Purple Heart recipient, spoke in favor of the bill that requires the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to establish a program to provide transitional jobs […]

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Bills of Note: Apprenticeships

In mid-September, Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Sen. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) introduced a bill (AB 508/SB 411) that would prohibit the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) from requiring apprenticeship programs to have more than one journeyworker per apprentice. The bill also provides a clarification that eliminates minimum apprenticeship length requirements for carpentry and plumbing. Instead, […]

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