Hamilton Political Tidbits – August 3, 2018

Political Tidbits - August 3, 2018
Hamilton Consulting Group
 August 3, 2018
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Primary Election Preview: Down the Stretch They Come...

With less than two weeks until primary election day, the two highest profile races are picking up steam as they turn the corner toward the final stretch. In the Democratic primary race for governor, Department of Public Instruction Superintendent Tony Evers remains the favorite, and the last week has helped cement that status. Evers has led every poll by double digits. In the U.S. Senate race, polling available shows a neck-and-neck race between state Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield) and Kevin Nicholson.
Marquette Poll July 2018

On July 18, Marquette University (MU) Law School released its final poll before the Aug. 14, 2018, primary election in Wisconsin. The poll compiled interviews with 800 registered voters in Wisconsin between July 11-15.

Study Committee on Body Cameras Meets

The Study Committee on the Use of Police Body Cameras met for the first time on July 26, 2018. The committee, chaired by Sen. Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), is tasked with "review[ing] law enforcement policies regarding the use of body cameras and recommend[ing] legislation to establish uniform procedures regarding the retention and release of body camera video for state and local law enforcement agencies."
Continue reading about the body cameras committee.
Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement Meets

The Study Committee on Alcohol Beverages Enforcement met for the first time on July 25, 2018. The committee, chaired by Rep. Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) and Sen. Dan Feyen (R-Fond du Lac), is tasked with reviewing the structure and enforcement of Wisconsin's alcohol regulation efforts within the Department of Revenue (DOR).

Study Committee on Direct Primary Care Meets

The Study Committee on Direct Primary Care met for the first time on July 24, 2018. The committee, chaired by Joint Finance Committee co-chairs Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette), is tasked with examining how direct primary care (DPC) affects Wisconsin's private and Medical Assistance (MA) health care systems and potentially recommending legislation regulating DPC in these markets.
1332 Waiver Approved

Gov. Scott Walker announced this week that the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and Department of the Treasury have approved Wisconsin's 1332 Waiver, the state plan for creating a reinsurance program for health carriers. HHS has waived the requirement for a single risk pool in the individual market under the Affordable Care Act from 2019-2023.
WCMEW Report Projects Primary Care Physician Shortfall

A recent Wisconsin Council on Medical Education & Workforce (WCMEW) report has projected a statewide primary care physician (PCP) shortfall of 745 doctors by 2035. The report says new training and education programs have increased PCP expansion and retention in Wisconsin, but demand is still outpacing the provider supply, especially in rural areas.
Opioid Task Force Discusses Pew Recommendations, Insurance

The Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse met at the state Capitol on July 13 to discuss the final recommendations from Pew Charitable Trusts and to hear from insurers about how they are addressing the opioid epidemic.
Online Sales Tax Scope Statement Approved

Gov. Scott Walker has approved a Department of Revenue (DOR) scope statement amending rules related to the collection of online sales taxes. The rule will allow DOR to collect Wisconsin's 5 percent sales tax from online sellers without a physical presence in the state beginning on Oct. 1, 2018.

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