Capitol Update

September 11, 2015Like us on Facebook

Contents Include:
1.  WCC Supports Public Funding Prohibition for Abortion Providers
2.  Upcoming Hearings of Interest        
3.  New Bills of Interest
4.  Websites of Interest

WCC Supports Public Funding Prohibition for Abortion Providers
On September 2, the Wisconsin Catholic Conference testified before the Assembly Committee on Health in support of reforming how federal Public Health Service Act Title X funds are disbursed in Wisconsin.  Title X funds are used to provide family planning and related preventive health services (e.g., cancer, diabetes) for low-income women and men.  In Wisconsin, Planned Parenthood is the sole recipient of these funds.

Assembly Bill 310 would establish a priority process that would make Title X funds flow first to the Department of Health Services (DHS) for use in the Wisconsin Well-Woman Program, and then onto other public entities that provide services to women at the local level.  The bill would prohibit public entities from distributing Title X funds to a private, nonprofit entity that provides abortion services, makes referrals for abortion services, or has an affiliate that provides abortion services or makes referrals for abortion services.  In effect, the bill would prohibit Title X funds from going to Planned Parenthood, which receives $3.5 annually from this program. 

The committee is scheduled to vote on the bill on Tuesday, September 15.  Capitol Update readers are encouraged to contact their representatives, urging them to support this legislation.  Go to http://legis.wisconsin.gov/and type in home address under "Find My Legislators."

Upcoming Hearings of Interest
(N.B.  Only bills of interest are flagged.  In most cases, committees will be considering other bills as well.)
Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations, 12 pm, Wed, Sep 16, 225-NW
AB-285 Columbaria Regulation (Brooks, Robert (R)) Regulation of columbaria maintained by religious associations.
Referred to Assembly State Affairs and Government Operations

Assembly Speaker's Taskforce on Alzheimer's and Dementia, Noon, Wed, Sep 16, 412-E
Informational Hearing on:
Alzheimer's Association:  Tom Hlavacek - Executive Director of the Alzheimer's Association of Southeastern Wisconsin.
Dept. of Health Services:  Carrie Molke - Director of Bureau of Aging and Disability Resources & Jon Hoelter - Legislatives Director.
Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin:  Paul Rusk - Executive Director & Rob Gundermann - Public Policy Director.

Assembly Judiciary, 11 am, Thu, Sep 17, 300-NE
AB-252 Sexual Assault Statute of Limitations (Kerkman, Samantha (R)) Statute of limitations for second-degree or third-degree sexual assault.

New Bills of Interest
SB-250 Parental Choice Program Limits (Stroebel, Duey (R)) The pupil participation limit in the statewide parental choice program.
Referred to Senate Education

AB-332 Parental Choice Program Limits (Sanfelippo, Joe (R)) The pupil participation limit in the statewide parental choice program.
Referred to Assembly Education

Websites of Interest

2015-16 Session Schedule 

Senate Directory 

Assembly Directory 

Senate Committees 

Assembly Committees 

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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