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.
Drivers are required to move over or slow down for emergency and maintenance vehicles. Violators face a $252 fine and three points off of their driver’s licenses.
A bill circulating in the Legislature would require that a driver education course offered by a technical college district or by a school district must include instruction relating to the Move Over Law.
Students learning to drive must know the laws of the road, including the Move Over Law.
I find it interesting that the Virginia Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for an unelected body to have the authority to tax.
The Virginia Legislature had created the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority to raise $300 million a year in taxes and fees for transportation projects. The state’s highest court ruled that the power to tax lies with elected officials.
Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling agreed.
“The authority to tax is one of the most significant responsibilities of government and that responsibility cannot and should not be delegated to a body that is not directly responsible to the voters,” Bolling said.
Here is more on the ruling.
I have authored and introduced Senate Bill 258 that requires that bodies that have taxing authority must be elected bodies. The bill is now in the state Senate Committee on Commerce, Utilities and Rail.
Here is a copy of Senate Bill 258.
I have blogged about the importance of saving virtual schools in Wisconsin.
The Legislature needs to come up with a bill to save the schools that Governor Doyle will sign before the legislative session ends next week.
The Appleton Post-Crescent has a great article that speaks to how effective these schools are and how they are valued by students and parents.
The #1 Wisconsin consumer complaint filed with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in 2007 was violations of Wisconsin’s No Call List.
Here’s the complete list of the top ten consumer complaints in 2007:
Top 10 consumer complaints in 2007
Product Number of written complaints
1. No call telemarketing: 3,194
2. Telecommunications: 1,583
3. Landlord/tenant: 1,352
4. Home improvement: 892
5. Investment schemes: 599
6. Mail order sales: 552
7. Credit cards: 543
8. Business opportunity/franchise: 539
9. Cable TV: 515
10.Contest/sweepstakes/prize promotion: 493
If you have a consumer complaint, here is advice from DATCP:First, fill out a consumer complaint form available from the state's Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Web site, datcp.state.wi.us.
Take a copy of the form with you and approach the seller with your concern promptly. Listen to the seller’s explanation and try to come to an agreement.
If no compromise can be met, write a letter detailing your concerns and give the business a deadline to respond.
If you haven't heard from the business by a reasonable deadline, two to three weeks, send the complaint to the division of Trade and Consumer Protection or call its toll-free hotline, (800) 422-7128.
An investigator will contact the business about your complaint, and while the agency cannot force a resolution without legal action, the contact often results in some sort of settlement.
Here is more information from DATCP about their top ten.
There are over 150 pages in the Great Lakes Compact bill, Senate Bill 523. Yesterday afternoon, March 3, 2008, 33 amendments were unreasonably added to the already massive bill. That leaves less than 24 hours to examine close to three dozen amendments.
It is unconscionable to expect the members of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, concerned parties and the general public to review and comprehend this complex bill in such a short amount of time.
Last Thursday, February 28, 2008, Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker informed the press there would be an upcoming public hearing on the Great Lakes Compact legislation.Wispolitics.com reported on February 28, 2008, that, “The Great Lakes Compact will get a hearing in the Senate Natural Resources Committee on Wednesday (March 5), and it could come to the Senate floor next Thursday (March 6) or March 11, Decker said.”
Instead of scheduling a public hearing, an executive session of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources has been scheduled today to begin at 4:00 p.m. If the state Senate is still in session at 4:00, the executive session is scheduled to begin immediately following the end of the Senate floor session. The public has been all but locked out of the process, deprived of an opportunity to address the many issues involved in legislation of this magnitude. The public is denied a chance to speak to the 33 amendments added to the bill late yesterday afternoon.
I served with seven other legislators and 11 citizen members for over a year on a special Legislative Council Study Committee on the Great Lakes Water Compact. Senate Democrats are now attempting to rush a product through the Legislature before the current legislative session ends in less than two weeks. I continue to maintain that due diligence is necessary to produce the strongest Compact possible rather than abrupt approval of a Compact just for approval’s sake.