Same-Day Registration for Catholics at the Capitol
As of April 6, any online registrations for Catholics at the Capitol will be charged the same-day registration fee of $47 for non-students. Student registration will remain at $12. To register online, go to www.wisconsincatholic.org.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison. The keynote speaker will be the Most Reverend Peter F. Christensen.
REVISED - Joint Finance Schedules Public Hearings on State Budget
The Joint Finance Committee, charged with revising Governor Walker's state budget, has three upcoming public hearings. Readers are encouraged to attend and to make their concerns heard.
April 8 (10am0in)
Lambeau Field Atrium
Legends Club Room - 4th Level
1265 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
April 10 (10am0in) - REVISED LOCATION
Suites 2 and 7 (Main Level)
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI 54304
April 18 (10am0in)
Baldwin-Woodville High School Auditorium
1000 13th Avenue
Baldwin, WI 54002
WCC Joins Others in Opposing Rent-To-Own Exemption
In a March 27 letter to legislators and the Governor, the WCC and 11 other advocacy groups expressed opposition to the rent-to-own (RTO) exemption in the state budget.
The budget proposal would create a new set of statutes solely for RTO companies, thereby removing them from the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin Consumer Act and freeing them from having to post annual percentage rates. If this provision becomes law, Wisconsin consumers will be exposed to predatory lending practices with damaging consequences.
The WCC is urging Catholics who attend the upcoming Joint Finance Committee hearings on the state budget to testify or register their opposition to this proposal. Those Catholics who cannot attend are encouraged to write or contact their legislators with the same message. The RTO issue will be discussed at the WCC's Catholics at the Capitol event in Madison on April 10.
Additional resources on RTOs are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 608-257-0004.
Still Time to Comment on the Proposed HHS Mandate Rule
If you haven't done so yet, please email a short comment to the Obama Administration opposing the latest version of the proposed rule mandating coverage for contraception, abortifacients, and sterilizations. Comments are due by the end of Monday, April 8.
Please take a moment to explain to the Administration why its latest proposed rule still violates religious freedom and rights of conscience. To learn more about the Administration's latest proposal, please check out the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) one-page fact sheet. Additional information is provided in the USCCB's news release and its full set of comments.
Upcoming Hearings of Interest
(N.B. Only bills of interest are flagged. In most cases, committees will be considering other bills as well.)