Minimum Markup Repeal Legislation Circulating

Wisconsin’s “Unfair Sales Act” (Wis. Stat. §100.30) prohibits the sale of merchandise at less than cost and requires a specified minimum markup above the wholesale cost for alcohol, tobacco, and motor vehicle fuel. Several legislators are currently circulating bills that would amend or repeal the Unfair Sales Act to lower costs for consumers on prescription […]

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Get to Know a Freshman: Reps. Kurtz, Myers, Oldenburg & Ramthun

Get to Know a Freshman: Reps. Kurtz, Myers, Oldenburg & Ramthun

Eighteen new members were officially inaugurated into the Wisconsin Legislature on Jan. 7, 2019. Over the next several weeks, HCG will highlight each new member of the legislature. This week, meet Reps. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc), LaKeshia Myers (D-Milwaukee), Loren Oldenburg (R-Viroqua) and Timothy Ramthun (R-Campbellsport).   Rep. Tony Kurtz (R-Wonewoc) Rep. Kurtz, representing District 50, is a […]

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Republican Response to Evers’s State of the State Address

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) delivered the Republican response to Gov. Tony Evers’s first State of the State address. Vos said the state of the state is strong, highlighting successes including Wisconsin’s strong economy and business climate, low taxes, and investments in education. Following a letter from Assembly Republicans to Evers earlier this month, Vos […]

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Get to Know a Freshman: Reps. Emerson, Gruszynski, Haywood & James

Get to Know a Freshman: Reps. Emerson, Gruszynski, Haywood & James

Eighteen new members were officially inaugurated into the Wisconsin Legislature on Jan. 7, 2019. Over the next several weeks, HCG will highlight each new member of the legislature. This week, meet Reps. Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire), Staush Gruszynski (D-Green Bay), Kalan Haywood (D-Milwaukee), and Jesse James (R-Altoona).   Rep. Jodi Emerson (D-Eau Claire) Rep. Emerson, representing […]

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Floor Report: Assembly Passes Pre-existing Conditions Legislation

In their first floor session of the year on Jan. 22, the Assembly passed a bill placing a state-level prohibition on pre-existing conditions exclusions, if the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed or is otherwise unenforceable. The bill, amended by Assembly Substitute Amendment 1, would exempt short-term, grandfathered, and transitional plans from these prohibitions. At […]

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Assembly Republicans Lay Out Issue Areas for Potential Compromise With Evers

On Jan. 10, Assembly Republicans sent Gov. Tony Evers a letter laying out several issue areas on which they hope to work with the Democratic governor in the 2019-20 session. The list includes several items Evers discussed during his campaign. Assembly Republicans hope to work with Evers on: Income tax reductions. Enhancing high speed internet […]

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Get to Know a Freshman: Sen. Smith & Reps. Cabrera and Dittrich

Eighteen new members were officially inaugurated into the Wisconsin Legislature on Jan. 7, 2019. Sen. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire) was elected to replace retiring Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. Also joining the Senate, formerly from the Assembly, are Sens. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield), Kathy Bernier (R-Lake Hallie), and Andre Jacque (R-DePere). 14 new members were inaugurated in the […]

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2019-20 Committees Finalized

Senate and Assembly leadership have finalized committee assignments for the 2019-20 session. There are several new committees in each chamber of the legislature, as well as changes to chairs and membership of existing committees going into the new session. Below are links to lists of all committees and members: Senate Assembly Joint

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2019-20 Senate, Assembly Committee Chairs Named

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) have announced 2019-20 committee leaders for their respective chambers. The members of the Joint Finance Committee have also been finalized. In the Senate, changes to committees include: A new committee on Agriculture, Revenue & Financial Institutions; chaired by Sen. Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green). […]

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Some Study Committees to Continue Into 2019

While many of the 2018 interim study committees held their last meetings this month, a few are planning to meet at least once more in January 2019. The committees on Direct Primary Care, Investment and Use of School Trust Funds, and Use of Police Body Cameras have all wrapped up their work and provided recommendations […]

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