This Week in the Legislature: February 17, 2014

Session Schedules
The Wisconsin State Assembly will be in session both Tuesday and Thursday this week. The Assembly has agreed to a total debate time of 17 hours (end time of 6:00 a.m.) for Tuesday's session. 

Assembly Majority Leader Bill Kramer says the Assembly bills that make it out of the chamber by the end of this week will largely be it for the session.

He said during a Rules Committee meeting last week GOP leaders plan to largely use any days the chamber is back in March or April to deal with legislation from the Senate. Majority Leader Kramer said leaders reserve the right to take up Assembly bills in March or April that clear committee after this week, but the bulk of what the chamber finishes this session will be through the body by the end of this week.

That coincides with statements made previously by Speaker Robin Vos indicating he only expects to be in session a day or two in March.

The Senate plans to wrap up its regular session April 1.  Last week Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald announced the Senate will be in session February 18, March 11 and 18, as well as April 1. Senate members were also asked to keep March 4 open for a possible caucus and/or special session.

Committee Hearings for the Week of February 17, 2014 
Note: The Committee hearings and bills listed below reflect action on legislation impacting county government.  For a complete listing of weekly hearings, please go here.

Monday, February 17 - 11:00 a.m. - Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations

  • Assembly Bill 769 - The definition of project costs under the tax incremental financing program. WCA is monitoring this bill.

Wednesday, February 19 - 9:00 a.m. - Assembly Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care 

  • Assembly Bill 468 - Admission of Family Care enrollees to mental health institutes and making an appropriation. WCA supports this bill.
Wednesday, February 19 - 10:00 a.m. - Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue
  • Assembly Bill 593 - Rule-making procedures and repealing administrative rules relating to the estate tax and the county operating levy rate limit. WCA supports this bill.
  • Senate Bill 577 - The property tax exemption for rented personal property. WCA opposes this bill.   

Wednesday, February 19 - 10:00 a.m. - Senate Committee on Health and Human Services 

  • Senate Bill 528 - Prohibiting the disclosure of a determination that a person has abused or neglected a child for purposes of a caregiver background check when that abuse or neglect has not been substantiated. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Senate Bill 529 - Evaluation of infants for fetal alcohol spectrum disorder and referral of infants who have that condition for services and treatment. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Senate Bill 532 - Placement of a child in a shelter care facility under a voluntary agreement. WCA is monitoring this bill.  
Thursday, February 20 - 9:00 a.m. - Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice
  • Assembly Bill 626 - Neglect of a child and providing penalties. WCA is monitoring this bill.
For a listing of all bills impacting county government and WCA's positions on those bills, please visit the "Legislative" section of the WCA website.

Assembly Calendar for Tuesday, February 18 - 1:00 p.m. 
Note:  Bills listed are of interest to counties.  For the full calendar, please click here:
  • Assembly Bill 24 - The method of recounting votes cast with automatic tabulating equipment. WCA supports this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 89 - The method of reporting elections returns by municipalities.  WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 409 - Investigation of deaths involving a law enforcement officer. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 539 - Emergency vehicles operated as escorts for vehicle processions. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 645 - The information contained in referendum questions to authorize exceeding county levy limits. WCA supports this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 663 - Authorizing ordinances and resolutions that specify a greater number of parcels into which certified survey maps may be divided. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 689 - Transferring responsibility over biennial updating of voter registration list to the Government Accountability Board. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 690 - Reporting registration and voting statistics. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 734 - Powers and duties of the board of veterans affairs; reimbursement of veterans' tuition at tribal colleges; documentation for eligibility to veterans ones; operation of veterans homes; eligibility and procedural requirements for veterans home loans, veterans personal loans, county veterans service grants, and American Indian veterans grant; and funeral honors, burial, and disinterment of veterans. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Assembly Bill 376 - The net worth of providing proof of financial responsibility for certain solid waste facilities. WCA is monitoring this bill.
  • Senate Bill 341 - The maximum width of, and projecting loads on, vehicles carrying poles, pipes, girders, and similar materials. WCA has no position on this legislation.
  • Senate Bill 501 - Agricultural emergency permits issued by the DOT for vehicles transporting oversize loads. WCA is monitoring this bill.
Senate Calendar for Tuesday, February 18 
Note:  Bills listed are of interest to counties.  For the full calendar, please click here.

The Senate will be in session on Tuesday, February 18.  The floor calendar will be set by mail ballot Monday, February 17.

Upcoming WCA Legislative Meetings  
-February 19: WCA County Organization and Personnel Steering Committee

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If you have any questions about any legislative items, please feel free to contact any member of WCA's Government Affairs Team at 866.404.2700 or via email:

Kyle Christianson - Director of Government Affairs
Sarah Diedrick-Kasdorf - Deputy Director of Government Affairs
David Callender - Government Affairs Associate
Daniel Bahr - Government Affairs Associate 
 
 
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