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.
I am a member of state Senate committees that are holding hearings in the state Capitol today. The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, and Housing and the Senate Committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance, and Job Creation will consider several bills.
Here are the agendas for both Senate committees:
Senate Bill 490
Relating to: eliminating an assessment on the gross private patient revenue of hospitals, creating an assessment on the gross patient revenue of hospitals, creating a hospital assessment trust fund, increasing the Medical Assistance and Badger Care payment rate for hospitals, requiring monthly payments by health maintenance organizations to hospitals and reconciliation of payments with actual utilization of services, increasing supplemental Medical Assistance payments to rural hospitals, transferring moneys from the hospital assessment fund to the injured patients and families compensation fund, requiring the Department of Health and Family Services annually to submit a report for review by the Joint Committee on Finance, and making appropriations.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
12:00 PM - Before the start of the public hearing
Senate Bill 246
Relating to: mental health professionals who may provide outpatient services for the treatment of nervous and mental conditions and alcoholism and other drug abuse problems or who, under Medical Assistance, may provide psychotherapy and alcohol and other drug abuse services and exempting certain Medical Assistance benefits from physician prescription requirements.
By Senators Miller, Lehman, Erpenbach, Darling, Hansen, Risser, Roessler, Vinehout and Wirch; cosponsored by Representatives Bies, Pope-Roberts, Albers, Benedict, Berceau, Black, Davis, Gunderson, Grigsby, Hahn, Hintz, Hubler, Kaufert, Mursau, A. Ott, Sheridan, Soletski, Townsend, Zepnick and Wasserman.
Senate Bill 409
Relating to: remote dispensing by pharmacists and authorizing the exercise of rule-making powers.
By Senators Breske, Roessler, Darling, Grothman, S. Fitzgerald, Hansen, Lehman, Lazich, A. Lasee, Plale, Wirch, Cowles, Kreitlow, Lassa and Kapanke; cosponsored by Representatives Montgomery, Musser, Soletski, Mursau, Hahn, A. Ott, Nerison, Hines, Petrowski, Nygren, Tauchen, Seidel and Molepske.
Senate Bill 487
Relating to: treatment records and patient health care records.
By Senators Erpenbach, Decker, Wirch, Robson, Lehman, Vinehout, Lassa, Schultz, Darling, Olsen, Risser, Kreitlow, Jauch, Sullivan, Hansen, Kapanke and Roessler; cosponsored by Representatives Moulton, Hixson, Davis, Benedict, Sheridan, Petersen, Wood, Musser, Owens, Van Roy, Bies, Ballweg, Strachota, Newcomer, Molepske, Nerison, Kerkman, A. Ott, Seidel, M. Williams, Turner, Shilling, Townsend, Hines, Pope-Roberts, Mursau, Jorgensen, Hintz, Kestell, Wieckert, Richards, Sinicki, Jeskewitz and A. Williams.
Assembly Bill 173
Relating to: membership of the Council on Mental Health.
By Representatives Grigsby, Zepnick, Berceau, Cullen, Fields, Molepske, Sinicki, Toles, A. Williams, Young, Gunderson, Mursau and A. Ott; cosponsored by Senators Lehman, Coggs, Erpenbach, Lassa, Miller, Taylor, Wirch and Darling, by request of Wisconsin Council on Mental Health.
Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, and Housing
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Of Milwaukee, as a member of the Real Estate Appraisers Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2011.
Of River Falls, as a member of the Real Estate Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2011.
Senate Bill 278
Relating to: threatening or committing battery against certain employees of first class cities and providing a penalty.
By Senators Coggs, Plale, Roessler and Lassa; cosponsored by Representatives Zepnick, Colon, Honadel, Grigsby, Montgomery, Fields, A. Ott, Cullen, Hahn, Sinicki, Sheridan and Turner.
Senate Bill 384
Relating to: disclosure of juvenile court records to other courts, law enforcement agencies, district attorneys and other prosecutors, and agencies providing services to a juvenile court and providing a penalty.
By Senators Sullivan, Darling, Roessler and Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Jeskewitz, Grigsby, Kestell, Ziegelbauer, Ballweg, Vos, Albers, Hahn and Sinicki.
Senate Bill 461
Relating to: liability of the state for a violation of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
By Senators Taylor and Risser; cosponsored by Representatives Mason, Hixson, Black, Sheridan, Pocan, Boyle, Sinicki, Turner, Schneider, Soletski, Benedict, Grigsby, Van Akkeren and Young.
Senate Bill 497
Relating to: assistant district attorney positions and making an appropriation.
By Senators Sullivan, Taylor, Carpenter, Erpenbach, Darling, Plale, Kanavas, Harsdorf, Risser and Roessler; cosponsored by Representatives Staskunas, Hraychuck, Soletski, Richards, Jeskewitz, Nelson, Zepnick, A. Ott, Cullen, Berceau, Sinicki, Molepske and Hintz.
Assembly Bill 337
Relating to: battery or threat to witnesses and providing a penalty.
By Representatives Gundrum, Musser, Wood, Travis, Jeskewitz, J. Ott, Kaufert, A. Ott, Bies, Petrowski, Gunderson, Nass, Hahn, Mursau, Townsend and Roth; cosponsored by Senators Darling and Roessler.
Committee on Judiciary, Corrections, and Housing
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
3:00 PM - or following the committee's Executive Session
Of Waunakee, as a member of the Prison Industries Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2008.
Senate Bill 537
Relating to: judicial discretion in certain John Doe proceedings.
By Senators Taylor, Hansen, Lehman, Erpenbach and Roessler; cosponsored by Representatives Grigsby and Turner.
Senate Bill 496
Relating to: the consequences for failure to act within a time period specified in the Children's Code or the Juvenile Justice Code, extension of certain time periods specified in the Children's Code, and informal dispositions under the Children's Code.
By Senators Coggs and Darling; cosponsored by Representatives Jeskewitz and Grigsby.
Senate Bill 498
Relating to: possession of an electric weapon.
By Senators Lassa, Grothman, Olsen, Cowles, Harsdorf, Lazich, Roessler, Schultz and Kedzie; cosponsored by Representatives Ballweg, Bies, Hines, Kestell, LeMahieu, Molepske, Mursau, Ziegelbauer, Albers, Friske, Gottlieb, Hahn, Hixson, Jeskewitz, Kaufert, Musser, Nygren, A. Ott, Petrowski, Tauchen, Townsend and Lothian.
Assembly Bill 51
Relating to: prohibiting certain computer messages or postings that invite harassment or obscene, lewd, or profane communication and providing a penalty.
By Representatives Friske, Schneider, Bies, Petrowski, J. Ott, Mursau, Ballweg, A. Ott, Nerison, Jeskewitz, Gunderson, Musser, Townsend, Hahn and Albers; cosponsored by Senators Lassa, Darling, Roessler and Lazich.
Assembly Bill 411
Relating to: receiving a stolen firearm, and providing a penalty.
By Representatives LeMahieu, Friske, Bies, Albers, Hahn, Lothian, Musser and Townsend; cosponsored by Senators Olsen and Roessler.
About one million Wisconsin residential telephone numbers have been added to the list since its inception in 2003 to help block telemarketers from interrupting people at home.
The state Senate has approved a bill to expand this popular, free service.
Senate Bill 99 (SB 99) expands the No Call List to include cell phone numbers. SB 99 also allows a small business to request that a land line or cell phone number be included on the No Call List that is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).
More and more consumers are using cell phones as opposed to land lines. Consumers that exclusively use cell phones will now be afforded the same opportunity to request privacy from telemarketers. Also under SB 99, a telemarketer is prohibited from calling a customer who has verbally informed the telemarketer that the customer does not want to receive telephone solicitations.
Penalties for violators would increase from the current forfeiture of $100. SB 99 increases the forfeiture for violators to not less than $1,000 or more than $10,000.
I expect the state Assembly to approve SB 99 and the Governor to sign the bill into law. SB 99 would become law five business days after the Governor signs the legislation. Until then, only residential land line phone numbers can be registered on the Wisconsin No Call List.
While SB 99, if signed into law, will give cell phone users the option of registering their cell phone numbers, I urge thoughtful consideration.
Federal law prohibits telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phones. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) advises that you may put your personal cell phone number on the National Do Not Call Registry, and now you may soon have the option to place your cell phone number on Wisconsin’s No Call List. However, there is generally not a reason to do so.
Registering your cell phone is unnecessary and a very bad idea. Cell phone numbers are unpublished. If you provide your cell phone number to the national do not call list, suddenly, it becomes a published number. The lists of numbers must be purchased by telemarketers so they can comply with the do not call registry. It would be extremely easy for unscrupulous entities and foreign, international entities to get their hands on the numbers. Your best bet is to avoid registering your cell phone.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has issued a news release stating:
“Federal Communications Commission (FCC) regulations prohibit telemarketers from using automated dialers to call cell phone numbers. Automated dialers are standard in the industry, so most telemarketers are barred from calling consumers on their cell phones without their consent.The national associations representing telemarketers have stated that their clients do not intend to start calling consumers’ cell phones.”
I do suggest registering your residential land line number on Wisconsin’s No Call List.
There are two ways to sign up for the Wisconsin No Call List. You can sign up over the phone by calling 1-866-9NOCALL (1-866-966-2255), toll-free in Wisconsin. You can sign up at the Wisconsin No Call List website at: https://nocall.wisconsin.gov/web/registration.asp.
Only one adult in each household needs to register. There is not a charge to register for the Wisconsin No Call List.
E-mails and phone calls claiming to be from the IRS are being circulated asking for verification of bank accounts and social security numbers so refunds and the new rebates can be directly deposited into your account.
These are the most recent attempts by scammers to steal your identity and are quite sophisticated. The solicitations appear authentic.
The IRS has put an alert on their website.
I am happy to report the Legislature approved AB 295 and VPA is now up and running, allowing you to log onto the internet and find out whether you are registered to vote, the location of your polling place, the districts you live in, and the current office holders. You could also find out whether your provisional ballot was counted for a particular election.
Here are more details from the Wisconsin Technology Network.
Here is a link to VPA.
First Order. Call of Roll.
Second Order. Chief clerk's entries.
Third Order. Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals; reference of appointments.
Fourth Order. Report of committees.
Fifth Order. Petitions and communications.
Sixth Order. Advice and consent of the Senate.
QUESTION: Shall the appointment be confirmed?
Ahern, Tripp, of Fond du Lac, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2009.
Conway, Gregory, of DePere, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2011.
Cowles, Robert, of Green Bay, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2013.
Graham, Alfonso, of Brookfield, as Chairman of the Parole Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2007.
Graham, Alfonso, of Brookfield, as Chairman of the Parole Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2009.
Hansen, Dave, of Green Bay, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2011.
Raemisch, Richard, of Madison, as Secretary of the Department of Corrections, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
Schillinger, Patrick, of De Pere, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2011.
Stegeman, David, of Mequon, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2009.
Wall, James, of Green Bay, as a member of the Lower Fox River Remediation Authority, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2009.
Seventh Order. Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.
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 resolution be adopted?
Senate Joint Resolution 89. Relating to: proclaiming March of every year as Irish-American Heritage Month.
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 37. Relating to: regulation of unsafe children's products, extending the time limit for and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.Senate Amendments 1 and 2 pending
Senate Bill 99. Relating to: prohibitions against certain telephone and facsimile solicitations, authorizing a private cause of action, and providing a penalty Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 108. Relating to: requiring instruction in public schools on the history of organized labor in America and the collective bargaining process.
Senate Bill 126. Relating to: notification of the state regarding a medical malpractice claim.Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 167. Relating to: a state electrical wiring code; regulation of electricians, electrical contractors, and electrical inspectors; inspections of electrical wiring; regulation of electrical wiring; regulation of heating and air conditioning contractors by a county with a population of 500,000 or more; and granting rule-making authority. Senate Amendments 1 and 3 pending
Senate Bill 171. Relating to: public financing of campaigns for the office of justice of the supreme court, making appropriations, and providing penalties.
Senate Bill 194. Relating to: the licensing and regulation of thermal system insulation and fire-stop product mechanics and contractors; creating a thermal system insulation and fire-stop council; requiring the employment of a state inspector; establishing standards for installing, removing, and maintaining thermal system insulation and fire-stop products; requiring the exercise of rule-making authority; and providing a penalty. Senate Substitute Amendment 2 pending
Senate Bill 223. Relating to: expanding the area in which a tax incremental district's project costs may be expended. Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 273. Relating to: the regulation of certain suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas, applicability of the statewide system for notification of the location of transmission facilities, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.Senate Amendments 1 and 2 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, and Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 284. Relating to: open burning of solid waste, illegal storage or disposal of waste tires, and providing a penalty.Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 341. Relating to: salaries of deputy district attorneys
Senate Bill 346. Relating to: products containing mercury and granting rule-making authority. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 350. Relating to: required judicial findings and orders when a child is placed outside the home, termination of parental rights warnings, mandatory child abuse or neglect reporters, the confidentiality of social services records, changing from child caring institution to residential care center for children and youth the term used to describe a facility operated by a licensed child welfare agency for the care and maintenance of children residing in that facility, changing from day care to child care the term used to describe care and supervision for children for less than 24 hours a day, and renumbering the definition of neglect (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Health and Family Services
Senate Bill 353. Relating to: collective bargaining process for University of Wisconsin System faculty and academic staff and making appropriations.
Senate Bill 368. Relating to: the operation of certain 3-vehicle combinations on certain highways without a permit (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Transportation). By Law Revision Committee.
Senate Bill 369. Relating to: occupational licenses for certain offenders (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Transportation).
Senate Bill 370. Relating to: depositing all revenue from the assessment on licensed beds of nursing homes and intermediate care facilities for the mentally retarded into the Medical Assistance trust fund (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Health and Family Services).
Senate Bill 381. Relating to: rules requiring that certain buildings be superinsulated.
Senate Bill 390. Relating to: increasing the size of the city of Milwaukee Board of Fire and Police Commissioners, authorizing a panel of the board to decide certain cases, and the adjournment of a trial or investigation relating to charges brought against an officer. Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 393. Relating to: background checks for personal care workers. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 396. Relating to: online courses for elementary and secondary school pupils and granting rule-making authority. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 417. Relating to: increasing the allowable number of project plan amendments for tax incremental district number 2 in the village of Pleasant Prairie. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
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 100. Relating to: the requirement that motor vehicles be equipped with safety glass.
Assembly Bill 361. Relating to: child in need of protection or services, jurisdiction over a child whose guardian is unable or needs assistance to care for or provide necessary special treatment or care for the child, but is unwilling or unable to sign a petition requesting that jurisdiction.
Assembly Bill 500. Relating to: issuance of retail intoxicating liquor licenses.
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.