Capitol Update

September 25, 2015Like us on Facebook

Contents Include:
1. Assembly Passes Bill to Defund Abortion Providers
2. WCC Supports Defunding Abortion Providers
3. WCC Supports Ban on Sale of Fetal Body Parts
4. Upcoming Hearings of Interest
5. New Bills of Interest
6. Websites of Interest
Assembly Passes Bill to Defund Abortion Providers
The Assembly on Thursday, September 24, passed a Substitute Amendment to Assembly Bill 310 on a 60-35 vote. The amended bill would establish a priority process where federal Title X funds, if awarded to the State, would flow to the Department of Health Services (DHS) for use in the Wisconsin Well-Woman Program and by 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 or has an affiliate that provides abortion services. In effect, the bill would prohibit the State's Title X funds from going to Planned Parenthood, which currently receives $3.5 annually from this program. The Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) supported the bill.
WCC Supports Defunding Abortion Providers
On September 22, the WCC testified before the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services in support of Senate Bill 237 (a companion bill to the unamended Assembly Bill 310). The Committee took no further action on the bill.
WCC Supports Ban on Sale of Fetal Body Parts
On September 22, the WCC testified on Senate Bill 260, which would prohibit the sale and use of abortion-derived fetal body parts. The Committee took no further action on the bill.
Capitol Update readers are encouraged to contact their legislators, thanking those Representatives who supported Assembly Bill 310, urging Senators to support its companion, Senate Bill 237, and urging both Representatives and Senators to support Assembly Bill 305/Senate Bill 260. 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.)
Speaker's Task Force on Urban Education, Tue, Sep 29
9 am, Samuel Gompers Elementary School, 1502 Wyoming Way, Madison
11 am, Madison East High School, 2222 E. Washington Ave, Madison
Tour of Madison Metropolitan School District
1 pm, Information Meeting, 412-E, State Capitol: Teacher Recruitment, Retention and Training
Speaker's Task Force on Youth Workforce Readiness, Tue, Sep 29
11 am, Room 1004-Auditorium Center for Health Sciences, Northcentral Technical College, 1000 W. Campus Drive, Wausau
New Bills of Interest
SB-260 Fetal Body Parts (Stroebel, Duey (R)) Sale and use of fetal body parts and providing a criminal penalty. Referred to Health and Human Services
SB-262 Statute of Limitations (Lassa, Julie (D))The statute of limitations for sexual contact with a child. Referred to Judiciary and Public Safety
AB-339 Subsidized Guardianship (Kooyenga, Dale (R)) Eligibility for monthly subsidized guardianship payments of a person who develops a familial relationship with a child or the child's family during the child's placement in out-of-home care, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.Referred to Assembly Children and Families

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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