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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Investing in Our Priorities

On Wednesday, the legislature’s Joint Finance Committee wrapped up its deliberations on the budget, and now it moves onto the state Assembly and state Senate for consideration.

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Joint Finance Committee Completes Budget Action with Major Tax Relief

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State Senate Calendar for June 11, 2013

First Order. Call of Roll.
Second Order. Chief clerk's entries.
Third Order.
Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.
Fourth Order.
Report of committees.
Fifth Order.
Petitions and communications.
Sixth Order.
Referrals of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.
Seventh Order. Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION: Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Arnone, Wendy, of Menomonee Falls, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing
Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.

Bauer, Michele, of Marshfield, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan
Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.

Catlin, Peter Todd, of Nashotah, as a Public member 1 on the Health Insurance Risk-
Sharing Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2016.

Craft, Todd, of Hartland, as an Accountant on the Accounting Examining Board, to serve for
the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Darling, Senator Alberta, of River Hills, as a Public Member 6 on the Wisconsin 529
College Savings Program Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017. 

Denor, Gerald, of Menomonee Falls, as a member of the Accounting Examining Board, to
serve for the term ending July 1, 2013. 

Hanson, Christianna, of Hortonville, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing
Plan, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.

Hoff, Linda, of Mount Horeb, as a Insurer 2 on the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan
Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2016.

Jinkins, Mark, of Sturgeon Bay, as a member of the Optometry Examining Board, to serve
for the term ending July 1, 2016.

Johnson, Erik, of Madison, as a At-Large member on the Southeast Wisconsin Professional
Baseball Park District Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015. 

Kedrowski, David R., of Washburn, as a Lake Superior representative on the Wisconsin Waterways Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2016.

Komp, Dr. Thomas, of Suamico, as a Professional Member on the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.

McReynolds, William L., of Racine, as a Racine County representative on the Southeast
Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.

O'Meara, Kristine, of West Bend, as a Washington County rep on the Southeast Wisconsin
Professional Baseball Park District Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.

Rambo, Larry, of Hartland, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan
Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.

Russell, John, of Columbus, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan
Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.

Sanchez, Pablo, of Madison, as a member of the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and
Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.

Sanson, Susan, of Greenfield, as a member of the Radiography Examining Board, to serve
for the term ending May 1, 2016.

Sather, Thomas, of Eau Claire, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015. 

Scheid, John, of Milwaukee, as a member of the Accounting Examining Board, to serve for
the term ending July 1, 2015.

Stensberg, Dean, of Middleton, as Public Member 1 on the Funeral Directors Examining
Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.

Tyler, Stephen Mark, of Woodville, as Governor's Appointee 9 on the Wisconsin Technical
College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2019.

Youso, Steven, of Auburndale, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan
Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.

Eighth Order. Messages from the Assembly.
Ninth Order. Special Orders.
Tenth Order.
Consideration of motions and joint resolutions not |requiring a third reading.

QUESTION: Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 37. Relating to: requesting the International Olympic Committee to
keep wrestling in the Olympic Games.

Senate Joint Resolution 39. Relating to: recognizing June 19, 2013, as Juneteenth Day.

QUESTION: Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?

Assembly Joint Resolution 33. Relating to: the life and military service of Sergeant Andrew
Steiner, United States Army Reserve.

Assembly Joint Resolution 35. Relating to: declaring Public Works Week.

Assembly Joint Resolution 38. Relating to: proclaiming Gastroschisis Awareness Day.

Eleventh Order. Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and
senate bills.

QUESTION: Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 178. Relating to: hunting, fishing, and trapping approvals issued to recipients of
the purple heart medal.

Senate Bill 189. Relating to: a citation procedure applicable to wetland discharge violations,
sturgeon spearing license issuance period, electronic methods for reporting natural
resource and environmental law violations, publication of class 1 notices, air dispersion
modeling requirements, and membership on the Dry Cleaner Environmental Response
Council.

Senate Bill 190. Relating to: the number of wastewater discharge permits required for a
publicly owned sewage treatment facility or system.

Senate Bill 200. Relating to: various changes in the unemployment insurance law; license
revocations based on delinquency in payment of unemployment insurance contributions;
granting rule-making authority; providing a penalty; and making an appropriation.

Senate Bill 206. Relating to: requirements to perform abortions, requiring an ultrasound
before informed consent for an abortion, and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 207. Relating to: incorporations including territory of two towns.

Twelfth Order. Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION: Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 20. Relating to: the notice and degree requirements for the examination to
practice as a certified public accountant.

Assembly Bill 77. Relating to: reports by the Dwelling Code Council on the one- and two family dwelling code.

Assembly Bill 81. Relating to: contracting with residential contractors.

Assembly Bill 112. Relating to: telecommunications systems installed on tower sites under
the management and control of the Department of Natural Resources and the suspension of
portions of a rule of the Department of Natural Resources.

Assembly Bill 179. Relating to: private interests in Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporation contracts.

Assembly Bill 214. Relating to: ex parte communications in contested cases before the
Public Service Commission.

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Senate Calendar for June 12, 2013

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be passed?

Senate Bill 206.  Relating to: requirements to perform abortions, requiring an ultrasound before informed consent for an abortion, and providing a penalty.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Note:   Pursuant to Senate Rule 18 (5), Senate Bill 206 is automatically placed on the 13th order of business after being ordered to a third reading on Tuesday, June 11, 2013.

Senator Lazich's Statement on State Senate Approval of Sonya's Law

Senator Mary Lazich (R- New Berlin) released the following statements following the Wisconsin State Senate’s approval of Senate Bill 206 (SB 206), Sonya’s Law. 

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Growing Wisconsin's Dairy Industry

June is “Dairy Month” in Wisconsin, and I’d like to take this opportunity to share with you how important the dairy industry is to Wisconsin’s economy, and what we’re doing to make it even stronger.

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Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

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Senate Calendar for June 18, 2013

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Farrow, Lieutenant Governor Margaret A., of Pewaukee, as a Governor's Appointee 10 on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2020. 

Mueller, Ms. Janice, of Madison, as a Governor's Appointee 9 on the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2020.   

Stockwell, Randy, of Dorchester, as Professional Member 4 on the Auctioneer Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2016. 

Villa, James, of West Allis, as a Tech Business Representative on the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014. 

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?

Assembly Joint Resolution 26.  Relating to: the life and public service of Dave Donnellan.

Assembly Joint Resolution 40.  Relating to: honoring the life and public service of Henry Morris Goldberg. 

Assembly Joint Resolution 41.  Relating to: congratulating the Republic of China (Taiwan) on its inclusion in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program effective November 1, 2012, and supporting Taiwan's efforts seeking meaningful participation in the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with observer status.

Assembly Joint Resolution 42.  Relating to: recognizing June 19, 2013, as Juneteenth Day.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 205.  Relating to: board of directors, powers and duties, including reporting requirements, and financial audits of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 181.  Relating to: venture capital investment program.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Senate Calendar for June 20, 2013

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 40.  Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2013 legislature. 

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Senator Mary Lazich Statement Applauding the Wisconsin State Senate’s Approval of the 2013-2015 Wisconsin State Budget:

The 2013-2015 Wisconsin state budget provides for crucial programs in the state, ensures the state stays on the path of recovery, and delivers meaningful tax relief to every taxpayer. The budget guarantees a healthy financial foundation that is necessary to ensure continued growth of the state’s economy. 

Education is the foundation to the economy.  The budget includes a $150 per pupil increase during each of the next two years for public K-12 education.  The budget increases charter school funding, expands parental choice across the state, provides $30 million in tax deductions to assist parents with private school tuition, and freezes UW tuition. 

The 2013-2015 budget includes over $650 million of income tax reductions that will go directly into the pockets of every Wisconsin taxpayer.  

The budget keeps Wisconsin open for business and on the right track. 

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Senator Lazich's Budget Break Down: Education & Taxes

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Hale Interchange June 26-27, 2013, Lane Closure

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is advising motorists about a ramp lane closure at the Hale Interchange, Wednesday June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.  

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

I’ll be signing Assembly Bill 166 in Mayville which creates an individual income tax exemption for military personnel who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom in a combat zone.  The bill passed both houses of the State Legislature with unanimous support, and I’m proud to sign it into law. 

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Voter ID Case Strengthens

Texas voter ID becomes law following the United States Supreme Court ruling about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The act required certain states to obtain federal approval prior to amending election processes.  While the U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling does not directly affect the Wisconsin electoral process, the decision strengthens the case for Voter ID.  

Recently Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of Wisconsin Voter ID law in the League of Women Voters v. Walker ruling.  The court determined Voter ID law does not impose an additional qualification on the right to vote; rather it is a voter registration regulation allowing election officials to determine a voter’s name and address.  Although this was a major victory, Voter ID law is still on hold due to pending cases in the District II Court of Appeals and United States District Court.  Despite the road ahead, I remain confident Voter ID law is constitutional and will ultimately be implemented throughout Wisconsin.

$152 Tax Decrease, or $1.64 Billion Government Spending Increase?

According to MacIver Institute, Legislative Democrat budget amendments would have cost taxpayers an additional $646 million, and increase spending $1.64 billion.  The Republican budget scheduled to be signed Sunday by Governor Walker provides an average annual $152 income tax reduction.  The budget builds on decisions during the last budget, and continues to reform government.

Wisconsin Ideal for Manufacturing Growth

Wisconsin ranks number five for creating manufacturing jobs, according to the National Association of Manufactures.  The article posted by CNBC June 25, 2013, highlights manufacturing returning to the United States.  As more industries look to return home, Wisconsin is a proven viable option for them to consider. 

Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

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