Special Session Bill Package Circulates

In early January, Governor Walker issued Executive Order 230, calling the Wisconsin State Legislature into special session to combat opioid abuse. In addition to calling for a special session, the governor directed his state agencies to take various administrative actions. The announcement came after the release of a report from the Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. […]

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Bills of Note: SB 3 and AB 24 – Project Labor Agreements Neutrality

Rep. Rob Hutton (R-Brookfield) and Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) introduced bills in their respective chambers requiring government to be neutral regarding the use of Project Labor Agreements (PLAs). The Senate bill, SB 3, was recommended for passage on a partisan 3-2 vote by the Senate Committee on Labor and Regulatory Reform on Feb. 2. We […]

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Bills of Note: SB 10 – CBD Oil

Reprising a bill from last session, Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) introduced a bill that would allow parents easier access to use non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD oil) as a treatment for a medical condition. The bill, SB 10, allows for possession of CBD oil with written certification from a Wisconsin-licensed doctor. The […]

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Joint Finance Committee Approves WEDC Tax Credit Reallocation

On Monday June 13, the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) approved the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation’s (WEDC) request to reallocate tax credits between two tax credit programs. WEDC proposed reallocating $8 million in unused Early Stage Business Investment Tax Credits to the Business Development Tax Credit program. The Early Stage Business Investment Tax Credit program includes […]

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Wisconsin Joins Other States in Suit to Overturn Obama’s Transgender Guidance

Wisconsin joins Texas and nine other states challenging the Obama Administration’s new Title IX transgender guidance. Several local school districts are also participating. Under the guidance, schools must allow transgender students access to bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their self-professed gender identity. In his May 25 press release, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel states […]

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Get Ready for Campaign Season: Basic Fundraising Points You Need to Know

Nomination papers are circulating and the candidates listed on the ballot have yet to be finalized, but that has not precluded the onslaught of fundraising appeals in your mailbox, inbox and even on your voicemail. With the passage of campaign finance reform legislation (2015 Wisconsin Act 117) during the 2015-2016 legislative session, here are a […]

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Mandatory CPR Training Bill Signed into Law

In one of the final bill signings this legislative session, Gov. Scott Walker signed AB 545 into law as 2015 Wisconsin Act 390. The legislation requires mandatory cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training be taught in every health class offered to pupils in grades seven through 12. The requirement will be effective starting with the 2017-18 school […]

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Governor Vetoes Two Bills

The review period for the governor to sign or veto legislation has now ended. While Gov. Scott Walker signed most bills, he also issued his first full vetoes. Senate Bill 360 and Senate Bill 87 were vetoed and returned to the Senate. SB 360, which was introduced by Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Sen. Luther […]

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Attorney General Appeals Ruling on Right to Work

Friday, April 8, Dane County Circuit Court Judge C. William Foust struck down 2015 Wisconsin Act 1, Wisconsin’s right-to-work law, concluding that labor unions have a property right to a portion of a worker’s wages. Under 2015 Wisconsin Act 1, No person may require, as a condition of obtaining or continuing employment, an individual to […]

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Law Creates New Funding Stream for Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force

A bill that would create a new dedicated funding stream for law enforcement to fight internet crimes against children was signed by Gov. Scott Walker as 2015 Wisconsin Act 369 in April 2016. The law transfers $1 million from an existing appropriation for drug law enforcement to a new appropriation for investigating internet crimes against […]

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