1. Governor Walker's Budget Address, February 3
2. WCC 2015 Public Policy Positions
3. Registration Open: Catholics at the Capitol, April 8, 2015
4. Upcoming Hearings of Interest
5. New Bills of Interest
6. Websites of Interest
Governor Walker's Budget Address, February 3
Governor Walker will present his state budget on Tuesday, February 3. Tune into Wisconsin Eye for live coverage.
WCC 2015 Public Policy Positions
The WCC has published its 2015 Public Policy Positions document, which it will share with state legislators, policy makers, and other interested parties. The document is organized around the seven principles of Catholic social teaching. Readers are encouraged to share it in their parishes.
Registration Open: Catholics at the Capitol, April 8, 2015
Registration materials for Catholics at the Capitol are now available. The registration deadline is March 31.
Upcoming Hearings of Interest
(N.B. Only bills of interest are flagged. In most cases, committees will be considering other bills as well.)
Senate Education Reform and Government Operations, 9 am, Tue, Jan. 27, 411-S
SB-001School Accountability(Farrow, Paul (R))The school and school district accountability report, chronically failing schools and school districts, and educational options information.
Joint Assembly Energy and Utilities and Senate Workforce Development, Public Works, and Military Affairs, 10 am, Wed, Jan. 28, 412-E
Informational Hearing on:
The Environmental Protections Agency's Proposed Clean Power Plan under Section 111d of the Clean Air Act. Testimony by:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin
The Wisconsin Utilities Association, the Wisconsin Electric Cooperative Association, and the Municipal Electric Utilities of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin Industrial Energy Group and the Wisconsin Paper Council
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce
Only invited guests will be allowed to testify.
New Bills of Interest
SB-001 School Accountability (Farrow, Paul (R)) The school and school district accountability report, chronically failing schools and school districts, and educational options information. To Education Reform and Government Operations.
SB-002 Minimum Wage (Wirch, Robert (D)) A state minimum wage, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from rule-making procedures, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. To Labor and Government Reform.
SB-003 Choice School Accountability (Harris, Nikiya (D)) Accountability provisions for private schools participating in a parental choice program and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority. To Education Reform and Government Operations.
SB-005 Wage Claims (Wirch, Robert (D)) The provision by employers to employees of written disclosure statements of the terms of employment, the filing and investigation of wage claims, the statute of limitations for filing a wage claim action, the payment of interest, penalties, and surcharges on wage claims, occupational or professional licensing of employers that owe wages under wage claim judgments, and making an appropriation. To Labor and Government Reform.
Websites of Interest
2015-16 Session Schedule
Weekly Schedule of Committee Activities
Who Are My Legislators or type your address in the top right hand corner of the Legislature's Home Page: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/
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