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Assembly Bills

LinksSummary/Status
AB-19
Jacque
History
Torts and Personal Injury Trusts
Summary: Provides transparency and prevents fraud in lawsuits involving personal injury trusts by creating certain discovery requirements during litigation.
Status: Introduced Feb. 15, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary; Public hearing held April 4; Passage as amended recommended (6-2) May 1; Passed the Assembly (58-39) May 8; Referred to Senate committee on Judiciary and Labor; Concurrence recommended (3-2) Oct. 10.
AB-27
Kuglitsch
History
Contingent Fees
Summary: Prohibits a state agency from contracting to provide legal services for the state on a contingent fee basis unless the governor makes a written determination that entering into such a contract is cost-effective and in the public interest.
Status: Introduced Feb. 18, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary. Public hearing held Mar. 28; Passage as amended recommended (5-3) on Apr. 15; Passed the Assembly (60-36) May 8; Referred to Senate committee on Judiciary and Labor; Concurrence recommended (4-1) Oct. 2; Passed the Senate (23-10) Oct. 8. Enrolled Oct. 18.
AB-29
Jacque
History
Collateral Source Rule
Summary
: Allows juries in personal injury cases to see all the evidence when determining the amount owed to compensate the plaintiff for his or her medical expenses.
Status: Introduced Feb. 18, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary. Public hearing held Apr. 11.
AB 120
Severson
History
Inadmissibility of Statement of Apology by Healthcare Provider
Summary
: Provides that a statement or conduct of a health care provider that expresses apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, fault, liability, remorse, responsibility, or sympathy to a patient or patient's relative or representative is not admissible into evidence or subject to discovery in any civil action or administrative hearing regarding the health care provider as evidence of liability or as an admission against interest.
Status: Introduced Apr. 4, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary; Withdrawn and referred to committee on Health May 13; Public hearing May 29; Passage as amended recommended (7-4) June 20.
AB 139
Ott
History
Duty of Physicians to Inform Patients of Treatment Options
Summary
: Overturns a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision (Jandre v. Wisconsin Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund) dealing with informed consent in medical liability cases. Provides that the "reasonable physician standard" is the standard for informing a patient under the physician informed consent law.
Status: Introduced Apr. 5, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary; Public hearing held Apr. 11; Passage recommended (6-2) Apr. 25; Passed the Assembly (65-31) May 8; Referred to Senate committee on Judiciary and Labor May 10; Concurrence as amended recommended (3-2) Oct. 10; Passed the Senate Oct. 15; Enrolled Nov. 7.
AB 153
Steineke
History
Exception to Hearsay Rule
Summary
: Makes changes to current law regarding an exception to the hearsay rule to allow a statement made by a declarant who is unavailable to testify as a witness at a proceeding if the declarant's statement is made against a party who wrongfully caused the declarant to be unavailable.
Status: Introduced Apr. 15, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary;
AB 160
Jacque
History
Wrongful Death of Unborn Child
Summary
: Provides that no one may bring a medical malpractice claim against a health care provider who did not know, and who had no reason to know, that the mother of the deceased patient was pregnant.
Status: Introduced Apr. 17, 2013. Referred to committee on Health;
AB 200
Kramer
History
Motor Vehicle Warranties - Lemon Law Reform
Summary
: The bill would repeal the double damage provision that encourages attorneys to seek jackpot justice, but keep the obligation that a manufacturer provide a comparable vehicle or refund, whichever remedy the consumer chooses. If the manufacturer fails to provide the vehicle or refund within the specified deadline, a consumer may bring an action to recover for any damages. If he or she prevails, the court may award any pecuniary loss (including the cost of the vehicle), along with costs, disbursements and reasonable attorney fees, and any equitable relief the court determines appropriate. The bill makes other changes that also bring Wisconsin law more in line with other states.
Status: Introduced May 13, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary; Passage as amended recommended (6-2) June 6; Passed the Assembly (88-8, paired 2) June 12; Referred to Senate committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs; Public hearing held July 18; Concurrence recommended (5-0) Aug. 22; Passed the Senate (32-1) Sept. 17; Enrolled Sept. 26.
AB 245
Pope
History
Abusive Work Environments
Summary
: Prohibits abusive work environments and permits a person who has been subjected to such an environment to bring a civil action.
Status: Introduced June 17, 2013; Referred to the committee on Labor;
AB 253
Goyke
History
Access to CCAP
Summary
: Restricts access to and limits information contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Programs.
Status: Introduced June 20, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary; Public hearing held Sept. 12;
AB 257
Honadel
History
Exemption from Civil Liability for Electric Service
Summary
: Provides an exemption from civil liability to an electric service provider
for damage to an animal, an individual, or property caused by the transmission, distribution, or sale of electric energy by that provider.
Status: Introduced June 28, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary.
AB 265
Pasch
History
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Contact with a Child
Summary
: Removes the time limit for bringing actions for sexual contact with a child and applies this unlimited time period to a broader range of actions. No limit for injury resulting from being subject, as a child, to any sexual contact by an adult or by an adult member of the clergy. The bill also revives any cause of action that was barred by the present statute of limitations and allows an injured party to bring that action for his or her injury within two years after the effective date of the bill.
Status: Introduced July 17, 2013; Referred to the committee on Criminal Justice;
AB 269
Sinicki
History
Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Authorizes the circuit court to order a person who engages in discrimination in employment, unfair honesty testing, or unfair genetic testing to pay compensatory and punitive damages.
Status: Introduced July 30, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary;
AB 296
Pasch
History
Inadmissibility of Statement of Condolence by Healthcare Worker
Summary
: provides that a statement or conduct of a health care provider that expresses apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, remorse, or sympathy to a patient or patient's relative or representative is not admissible into evidence or subject to discovery in any civil action or administrative hearing regarding the health care provider as evidence of liability or as an admission against interest.
Status: Introduced Aug. 23, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary;
AB 335
Kessler
History
Product Liability - Act 20
Summary
: Repeals the portions of Act 20 that apply Act 2 to all actions in law or
equity, whenever filed or accrued, and repeals the statement of legislative findings.
Status: Introduced Aug. 23, 2013. Referred to Joint committee on Finance;
AB 342
Taylor
History
Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Provides that employment discrimination because of conviction record includes requesting an applicant to supply information regarding his or her conviction record, or otherwise inquiring into or considering the conviction record of an applicant for employment, before the applicant has been selected for an interview.
Status: Introduced Aug. 27, 2013. Referred to committee on Labor;
AB 367
Spiros
History
Statutes of Limitation
Summary
: Makes changes to current law regarding statutes of limitation on claims involving property damage and on claims arising from a motor vehicle accident and covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy.
Status: Introduced Sept. 13, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary;
AB 520
Stroebel
History
CCAP
Summary
: Removes certain information contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Programs Internet site.
Status: Introduced Nov. 22, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary.
AB 523
Thiesfeldt
History
Small Claims
Summary
: Changes the interest rate on judgments for the recovery of money in
small claims actions to 12 percent per year.
Status: Introduced Nov. 22, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary
AB 526
Genrich
History
Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Makes changes to current law regarding reasonable accommodation of any condition of an employee that is related to pregnancy or childbirth and of an employee's inability to adequately undertake the job-related responsibilities of a particular job because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
Status: Introduced Nov. 22, 2013; Referred to committee on Labor;
AB 529
Riemer
History
Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of family status, defined as: 1) having responsibility for the full-time or part-time care of a child, spouse, domestic partner, parent, or other relative; or 2) being married to or in a domestic partnership with a particular person or being a relative of a particular person.
Status: Introduced Nov. 25, 2013. Referred to committee on Labor;
AB 543
Hebl
History
Campaigns for Supreme Court Justice
Summary
: Creates a democracy trust fund under which eligible candidates for the office of justice of the supreme court may receive public grants derived from general purpose revenues to finance their campaigns.
Status: Introduced Dec. 9, 2013; Referred to the committee on Campaigns and Elections.
AB 553
Richard
History
Civil Actions Involving Health Care Providers
Summary
: This bill makes several changes to current law regarding contractual agreements between long-term care facilities and their clients, civil actions for negligence in long-term care facilities, punitive damages in civil actions, certain criminal actions against health care providers, and the confidentiality and use of reviews, incident reports, and evaluations of health care providers.
Status: Introduced Dec. 9, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary.
AB 604
Richard
History
Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Authorizes the circuit court to order a person who engages in discrimination in employment on the basis of military service to pay compensatory and punitive damages.
Status: Introduced Jan. 7, 2014; Referred to the committee on Labor.

Senate Bills

LinksSummary/Status
SB-13
Grothman
History

Torts and Personal Injury Trusts
Summary
: Provides transparency and prevents fraud in lawsuits involving personal injury trusts by creating certain discovery requirements during litigation.
Status: Introduced Feb. 12, 2013; Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor. Public hearing held Apr. 11; Passage as amended recommended (3-2) Oct. 10.

SB-19
Grothman
History
Contingent Fees
Summary
: Prohibits a state agency from contracting to provide legal services for the state on a contingent fee basis unless the governor makes a written determination that entering into such a contract is cost-effective and in the public interest.
Status: Introduced Feb. 13, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor; Public hearing held Apr. 11; Passage as amended recommended (4-1) Oct. 2;
SB-22
Farrow
History

Collateral Source Rule
Summary
: Allows juries in personal injury cases to see all the evidence when determining the amount owed to compensate the plaintiff for his or her medical expenses.
Status: Introduced Feb. 13, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary and Labor.

SB-129
Vukmire
History

Inadmissibility of Statement of Apology by Healthcare Provider
Summary
: Provides that a statement or conduct of a health care provider that expresses apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, fault, liability, remorse, responsibility, or sympathy to a patient or patient's relative or representative is not admissible into evidence or subject to discovery in any civil action or administrative hearing regarding the health care provider as evidence of liability or as an admission against interest.
Status: Introduced Apr. 4, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor;

SB-143
Hansen
History

Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Authorizes the circuit court to order a person who engages in discrimination in employment, unfair honesty testing, or unfair genetic testing to pay compensatory and punitive damages.
Status: Introduced Apr. 17, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor;

SB-182
Petrowski
History

Motor Vehicle Warranties - Lemon Law Reform
Summary
: The bill would repeal the double damage provision that encourages attorneys to seek jackpot justice, but keep the obligation that a manufacturer provide a comparable vehicle or refund, whichever remedy the consumer chooses. If the manufacturer fails to provide the vehicle or refund within the specified deadline, a consumer may bring an action to recover for any damages. If he or she prevails, the court may award any pecuniary loss (including the cost of the vehicle), along with costs, disbursements and reasonable attorney fees, and any equitable relief the court determines appropriate. The bill makes other changes that also bring Wisconsin law more in line with other states.
Status: Introduced May 16, 2013; Referred to the committee on Transportation, Pubic Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs; Public hearing held July 18; Passage as amended recommended (5-0) Aug. 22;

SB-201
Leibham
History

Civil Liability for Preforming Sex-Selective Abortion
Summary
: Under the bill, the mother, father, or grandparent of an unborn child that is aborted in a sex-selective abortion may sue the person who performed the abortion for compensatory civil damages, including for emotional and psychological harm. If a court awards compensatory damages, the person who performed the abortion is also required to pay exemplary damages of $10,000 and the plaintiffs' attorney fees.
Status: Introduced May 30, 2013; Referred to the committee on Health and Human Services; Public hearing held June 5; Passage recommended (3-2) Nov. 7.
SB-225
Lassa
History
Statute of Limitations for Sexual Contact with a Child
Summary
: Removes the time limit for bringing actions for sexual contact with a child and applies this unlimited time period to a broader range of actions. No limit on the time a person has to bring an action for injury resulting from being subject, as a child, to any sexual contact by an adult or by an adult member of the clergy. The bill also revives any cause of action that was barred by the present statute of limitations and allows an injured party to bring that action for his or her injury within two years after the effective date of the bill.
Status: Introduced July 9, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary;

SB-233
Taylor
History

Abusive Work Environments - Civil Actions
Summary
: Provides an exception to the exclusive remedy of worker's compensation that permitting an employee who alleges being subjected to an abusive work environment or other unlawful employment practices to bring an action in circuit court.
Status: Introduced July 31, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor;

SB-234
Taylor
History

Access to CCAP
Summary
: Restricts access to and limits information contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Programs.
Status: Introduced Sept. 17, 2013; Referred to the committee on Judiciary and Labor;

SB-257
Taylor
History

Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Provides that employment discrimination because of conviction record includes requesting an applicant to supply information regarding his or her conviction record, or otherwise inquiring into or considering the conviction record of an applicant for employment, before the applicant has been selected for an interview.
Status: Introduced Aug. 16, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor.

SB-281
Lasee
History

Statutes of Limitation
Summary
: Makes changes to current law regarding statutes of limitation on claims involving property damage and on claims arising from a motor vehicle accident and covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy.
Status: Introduced Sept. 5, 2013. Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor.

SB-401
Harris
History

Employment Discrimination
Summary
: Makes changes to current law regarding reasonable accommodation of any condition of an employee that is related to pregnancy or childbirth and of an employee's inability to adequately undertake the job-related responsibilities of a particular job because of pregnancy, childbirth, or a related condition.
Status: Introduced Nov. 11, 2013; Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor.

SB-460
Harris
History

Loss of Society and Companionship – Medical Malpractice Claims
Summary
: Provides that a parent does have the right to recover for loss of society and companionship if the parent’s adult child is injured as the result of medical malpractice (Makes changes to current law, as stated in Estate of Wells v. Mt. Sinai Medical Center). Also provides that an adult child does have the right to recover for loss of society and companionship if the adult child’s parent dies as the result of medical malpractice (Makes changes to current law, as stated in Czapinski v. St. Francis Hospital, Inc.).
Status: Introduced Dec. 20, 2013; Referred to committee on Judiciary and Labor.

 Updated Jan. 14, 2014

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