Capitol Update
March 7, 2014Like us on Facebook

Contents Include:

1. WCC Supports "Choose Life" License Plates

2. Bishops Offer Advance Care Planning Form

3. New Bills of Interest

WCC Supports "Choose Life" License Plates

The WCC submitted testimony in support of Assembly Bill 206 (Rep. Andre Jacque, R-DePere), which would permit Wisconsin residents to obtain special license plates with the words "Choose Life." The proceeds from the sale of these plates would support the state's pregnancy care centers. The bill has passed in the Assembly and is now available for a floor vote in the Senate.


Bishops Offer Advance Care Planning Form

Wisconsin's Catholic bishops have recently published a form aimed at helping individuals convey their desires regarding health care decision-making in a manner that aligns with Catholic principles. The form, provided in one version for those who are Catholic and in another version for those who are not, was designed as an addendum to the State of Wisconsin's Power of Attorney for Health Care (POAHC) document.


The POAHC enables a person to designate an agent to make health care decisions for that person if ever incapacitated. When used in conjunction with a valid Wisconsin POAHC, the new addendum communicates a person's desires, consistent with Catholic teaching, on decisions regarding nutrition and hydration, pain management, and other health care matters.


The POAHC addenda are available at no cost on the WCC's website, www.wisconsincatholic.org. For further information on these publications, contact the WCC at 608-257-0004 or [email protected].


The State of Wisconsin POAHC document is available free of charge from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services at http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/forms/advdirectives/Index.htm. To obtain the form by mail, send a request for the document along with a self-addressed stamped envelope to Power of Attorney, Division of Public Health, PO Box 2659, Madison, WI 53701-2659.


New Bills of Interest

SB-627. Food Protections (Olsen) Requiring certain persons to hold certificates of food protection practices in order to operate certain school lunchrooms participating in the National School Lunch Program. To Health and Human Services.


SB-628. Raffles (Leibham) The regulation of raffles. To Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue.


SB-651. Companionship Services (Grothman) The exemption of companionship services providers from the overtime pay requirements of the wage and hours laws. To Judiciary and Labor.


AJR-109. Marriage (Zamarripa) Eliminating constitutional restrictions on marriage (first consideration). To Judiciary.


AB-822. Joint Tax Returns (Taylor) Authorizing certain same-sex couples to file a joint individual income tax return. To Ways and Means.


AB-840. Homeless Youths (Taylor) Grants for homeless youths. To Children and Families.

Web Sites of Interest

Who Are My Legislators


Directory of Senate Members


Directory of Assembly Members


Wisconsin Legislature's Home Page

  • 2013-14 Session Schedule
  • Weekly Schedule of Committee Activities
  • Senate and Assembly Daily Floor Calendar 

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