Governor Scott Walker Signs 55 Bills

Gov­er­nor Scott Walker signed 55 bills into law today at the Wis­con­sin State Capitol

Assem­bly Bill 173 – estab­lishes spe­cial vehi­cle reg­is­tra­tion plates asso­ci­ated with Wis­con­sin Trout Unlim­ited.  A por­tion of fees for the plates will sup­port Wis­con­sin Trout Unlim­ited.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Ott (R-Mequon) and Sen­a­tor Robert Wirch (D-Kenosha) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly 92–0 and was con­curred by the Sen­ate 26–7; it is Act 266.

 

Assem­bly Bill 726 – states that cannabidol (CBD) oil extract does not con­tain the psy­choac­tive prop­er­ties of Tetrahy­dro­cannabi­nol (THC),  clear­ing the way for a new treat­ment for chil­dren suf­fer­ing from seizure dis­or­ders, pend­ing FDA approval.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robb Kahl (D-Monona), Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa), and Sen­a­tor Robert Wirch (D-Kenosha) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Sen­ate 33–0; it is Act 267.

 

Sen­ate Bill 250- allows cer­tain licensed beer or wine judg­ing and tast­ing events to be held at local fairs, with­out a licensed bar­tender present.  Sen­a­tor Terry Moul­ton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tom Lar­son (R-Colfax) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 268.

 

Assem­bly Bill 746- lim­its civil lia­bil­ity for agri­cul­tural tourism providers by includ­ing them under the Recre­ational Use Law, which pro­tects landown­ers from lia­bil­ity when they open their prop­erty to spe­cific recre­ational activities.  Senator Terry Moul­ton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lee Ner­i­son (R-Westby) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly 85–9 and passed Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 269.

 

Sen­ate Bill 617- Cre­ates a uni­form, statewide Com­mer­cial Build­ing Code, pro­vid­ing archi­tects, builders, con­trac­tors and inspec­tors with needed con­sis­tency and pre­dictabil­ity on build­ing codes and reg­u­la­tions. Sen­a­tor Terry Moul­ton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dean Knud­son (R-Hudson) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly 82–13 and passed the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 270.

 

Sen­ate Bill 152- elim­i­nates Wisconsin’s rare reg­u­la­tion of char­i­ta­ble gift annu­ities by the Office of the Com­mis­sioner of Insur­ance.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 271.

 

Sen­ate Bill 502- encour­ages indus­trial, com­meri­cial, and mixed use devel­op­ment by stream­lin­ing the process of divid­ing land.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Rob Hut­ton (R-Brookfield) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 272.

 

Assem­bly Bill 422- expands law relat­ing to raf­fles to include games of chance for which tick­ets are sold that use plas­tic or rub­ber ducks in a race. Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive André Jacque (R-De Pere) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 273.

 

Sen­ate Bill 517- holds the ten­ant of a rental prop­erty respon­si­ble for over­due munic­i­pal util­ity bills and releases the land­lord or prop­erty of lia­bil­ity for unpaid util­ity bills on the prop­erty tax rolls.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive André Jacque(R-De Pere) authored the bill, which passed the Sen­ate 22–10 and was con­curred by the Assem­bly on a voice vote; it is Act 274.

 

Assem­bly Bill 208- cre­ates a spe­cial dis­tin­guish­ing license plate to honor fallen law enforce­ment offi­cers killed in the line of duty and to show sup­port for their fam­ily mem­bers.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly 92–0 and the Sen­ate 32–0; it is Act 275.

 

Assem­bly Bill 684- con­tains tech­ni­cal cor­rec­tions to unem­ploy­ment insur­ance, includ­ing con­se­quences from state agen­cies for those delin­quent in UI con­tri­bu­tions who are seek­ing cer­tain licenses or cer­ti­fi­ca­tions. Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dan Knodl (R-Germantown) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 276.

 

Sen­ate Bill 520- part of the Right the Rules effort, this bill stream­lines exist­ing reg­u­la­tions, pro­vides uni­for­mity, and grants finan­cial insti­tu­tions greater flex­i­bil­ity by elim­i­nat­ing out­dated rules on records reten­tion for credit unions and banks.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dave Craig (R-Big Bend) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 277.

 

Sen­ate Bill 581- elim­i­nates first-year com­mis­sion lim­its on long term care poli­cies, bring­ing Wis­con­sin in line with most other states, and cre­at­ing the same stan­dards for poli­cies whether filed in Wis­con­sin or through the inter­state com­pact.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 278.

 

Sen­ate Bill 582- mod­ern­izes Wisconsin’s finan­cial reg­u­la­tion of insur­ance com­pa­nies by ensur­ing Wis­con­sin can look at the sys­temic risk of insur­ers.  Addresses con­cerns related to the finan­cial cri­sis, and ensures Wis­con­sin has the tools in place to review the finan­cial impact of non-insurance lines on insur­ance lines. Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Kevin Petersen (R-Waupaca) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 279.

 

Assem­bly Bill 835- encour­ages devel­op­ment by allow­ing builders and devel­op­ers to use a per­for­mance  bonds, instead of a let­ter of credit, when apply­ing for plat (sub­di­vi­sion map) approval.  Sen­a­tor Frank Lasee (R-De Pere) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 280.

 

Assem­bly Bill 376 – allows solid waste com­pa­nies that process waste wood mainly used for energy recov­ery and fuel, to sub­sti­tute finan­cial cri­te­ria to prove they are finan­cially sound.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nick Mil­roy (D-South Range) and Sen­a­tor Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) authored the bill, which passed by voice vote in both the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate; it is Act 281.

 

Sen­ate Bill 299 – allows munic­i­pal­i­ties on Wash­ing­ton and Made­line Island to apply for exemp­tion from cer­tain Ash­land County prop­erty taxes.  This bill affects the town of LaPointe, located on Made­line Island, which can only be accessed by air, to avoid pay­ing for ser­vices Ash­land County can­not pro­vide.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Janet Bew­ley (D-Ashland) and Sen­a­tor Bob Jauch (D-Poplar) authored the bill which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and passed the Sen­ate 33–0; it is Act 282.

 

Assem­bly Bill 441 – expands the offenses that are reported to the sex offender reg­istry, expands the infor­ma­tion avail­able to the pub­lic and makes cer­tain infor­ma­tion avail­able to police chiefs and sher­iffs about sex offend­ers.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mary Williams (R-Medford) and Sen­a­tor Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 283.

 

Assem­bly Bill 723 – allows the Vil­lage of Biron to trans­fer pos­i­tive tax incre­ments from Tax Incre­men­tal Dis­trict (TID) #2 to Tax Incre­men­tal Dis­trict (TID) #3.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) and Sen­a­tor Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Sen­ate 32–0; it is Act 284.

 

Assem­bly Bill 412 – exempts indi­vid­u­als employed as out­side sales­per­sons from the state min­i­mum wage law, bring­ing Wis­con­sin in line with fed­eral law, and the law in 35 other states.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Sen­a­tor Scott Fitzger­ald (R-Juneau) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly 56–38 and the Sen­ate 18–15; it is Act 285.

 

Assem­bly Bill 712 – pro­vides clar­ity for employ­ers by exempt­ing them from the require­ment to keep records of the num­ber of hours worked by salaried employ­ees who are not eli­gi­ble to receive over­time pay­ments.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly 63–34 and was con­curred by the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 286.

 

Assem­bly Bill 512 – gives towns in Wauke­sha County the author­ity to adopt or amend town zon­ing ordi­nances, con­tin­gent on County Board approval.   This bill allows Wauke­sha County towns more con­trol over zon­ing while pre­serv­ing the county’s com­pre­hen­sive plan.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive David Craig (R-Big Bend) and Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 287.

 

Sen­ate Bill 531 – pre­vents the Real Estate Exam­in­ing Board (REEB) from issu­ing a real estate sales­per­son or bro­ker license to a con­victed felon.  Offers REEB the the abil­ity to revoke an individual’s real estate license, if they are con­victed of a felony after the effec­tive date of the bill.  An appli­cant may apply for a license three years after the com­ple­tion of their sen­tence.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dean Knud­son (R-Hudson) and Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Assem­bly 81–15; it is Act 288.

 

Assem­bly Bill 729 – exempts clas­si­fied research at the Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin Sys­tem insti­tu­tions from open records require­ments, thereby allow­ing the UW Sys­tem to enter into research con­tracts and increase fed­eral research fund­ing.  The Board of Regents will be required to send an annual report to the Joint Finance Coun­cil out­lin­ing the num­ber of research con­tracts being con­sid­ered.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) and Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 289.

 

Assem­bly Bill 594 – relieves four small util­i­ties that vol­un­tar­ily had a port­fo­lio com­par­a­tively strong in renew­ables when the Renew­able Port­fo­lio Stan­dards (RPS) base­line was set.  The bill also releases their ratepay­ers of the costs asso­ci­ated with their vis­i­bly dis­pro­por­tion­ate 2015 RPS require­ments.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) and Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 290.

 

Assem­bly Bill 803 – pro­motes safety for work­ers in the right-of-way by requir­ing all employ­ers and employ­ees per­form­ing work on a pub­lic util­ity project, which is defined as a project erected, con­structed, repaired, remod­eled, or demol­ished for a pub­lic util­ity on a pub­lic right-of-way, have a sub­stance abuse pre­ven­tion pro­gram in place.  Also applies the “move over or slow down” law to pub­lic util­ity vehi­cles that are dis­play­ing flash­ing warn­ing lights.  Senator Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Robb Kahl (D-Monona) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate on a voice vote;  it is Act 291.

 

Sen­ate Bill 434 – improves food safety and stream­lines the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion process for food han­dlers in Wis­con­sin.  Appli­cants must com­plete an approved exam­i­na­tion to earn a cer­tifi­cate, valid for five years.  Sen­a­tor Paul Far­row (R-Pewaukee) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeremy Thies­feldt (R-Fond du Lac) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate and the Assem­bly on voice votes; it is Act 292.

 

Sen­ate Bill 150 – allows local gov­ern­ments to pros­e­cute sec­ond and sub­se­quent offenses of mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion, in some cases, if the dis­trict attor­ney declines.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Thies­feldt (R-Fond du Lac), Sen­a­tor Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) and Sen­a­tor Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate 24–9 and passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote; it is Act 293.

 

Sen­ate Bill 251 – helps nurs­ing homes bet­ter con­trol costs asso­ci­ated with pre­scrip­tion drugs.    The bill gives the nurs­ing home the abil­ity to develop ther­a­peu­tic inter­change pro­ce­dures, which is the process of chang­ing from one drug to a sim­i­lar drug, which cur­rently occurs in hos­pi­tals.  Physi­cians or physi­cian assis­tants must approve the pro­ce­dure for each patient.  Sen­a­tor Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike End­s­ley (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate and the Assem­bly on voice votes; it is Act 294.

 

Assem­bly Bill 730 – per­mits the DNR allow use of state trails after hours, specif­i­cally between 11:00 P.M. and 6:00 A.M.  Addi­tion­ally, the bill per­mits both trap­pers and hunters to enter state park land no ear­lier than one hour before the open­ing of hunt­ing hours.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Eric Gen­rich (D-Green Bay) and Sen­a­tor Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 295.

 

Sen­ate Bill 497 – allows small busi­nesses to cor­rect minor rule vio­la­tions with­out fac­ing stiff penal­ties from state gov­ern­ment, requires agen­cies to con­sider writ­ten warn­ings or reduced fines when the busi­ness shows a valiant effort to com­ply with the rule, and the vio­la­tion does not threaten pub­lic safety, health, or wel­fare.  This bill is part of Gov­er­nor Walker’s agenda to reform gov­ern­ment and remove unnec­es­sary obsta­cles for small busi­nesses.  Sen­a­tor Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate 23–9 and passed the Assem­bly 95–0; it is Act 296.

 

Sen­ate Bill 516 – requires local munic­i­pal­i­ties writ­ing an ordi­nance reg­u­lat­ing use of the air­port have a com­mit­tee hold the pub­lic hear­ing, as opposed to the park com­mis­sion or park man­ager.  Sen­a­tor  Rick Gudex (R– Fond du Lac) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Michael Schraa (R-Oshkosh) authored the bill which passed the Sen­ate and the Assem­bly on voice votes; it is Act 297.

 

Assem­bly Bill 589 – stream­lines reg­u­la­tions; allows Mil­wau­kee to enter into an agree­ment with DATCP to issue licenses to retail food estab­lish­ments at any time dur­ing the year, also allows Mil­wau­kee to enter into an agree­ment with DHS to issue licenses to restau­rants or bed and break­fast estab­lish­ments at any time dur­ing the year.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) and Sen­a­tor Rick Gudex (R-Fond du Lac) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and was con­curred by the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 298.

 

Assem­bly Bill 769 – encour­ages devel­op­ment in the city of Madi­son by allow­ing park­ing struc­tures to be included under Tax Incre­men­tal Financ­ing (TIF),  Madi­son is cur­rently the only munic­i­pal­ity in the state that is not allowed to finance park­ing struc­tures with TIDs.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) , Robb Kahl (D-Monona), and Sen­a­tor Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly on a voice vote and passed the Sen­ate 33–0; it is Act 299.

 

Assem­bly Bill 596 – expe­dites cus­tomer requested nat­ural gas ser­vice drops, makes it eas­ier to access nat­ural gas by for­go­ing PSC approval for sit­u­a­tions when the cus­tomer and both nat­ural gas util­i­ties agree on a small ter­ri­to­r­ial exchange.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) and Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R– Green Bay) authored the bill which passed both the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 300.

 

Assem­bly Bill 444 – exempts some solid waste resid­u­als from tip­ping fees at recy­cling facil­i­ties, pro­vides relief for dis­posal facil­ity when an indi­vid­ual defaults.  Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Murtha (R-Baldwin) authored the bill, which passed the Sen­ate 33–0, and the Assem­bly 93–0; it is Act 301.

 

Assem­bly Bill 744 – reduces cost for dairy plants, food ware­houses, food pro­cess­ing plants, retail food estab­lish­ments, and meat estab­lish­ments that get a license dur­ing the last three months of the year, by allow­ing them to hold the license for the fol­low­ing year with­out pay­ing an addi­tional fee.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tiove Lee Ner­i­son (R-Westby) and Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly and the Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 302.

 

Assem­bly Bill 745 – elim­i­nates con­fu­sion about the milk pro­cure­ment fee rate and sets the due date to the 25th of each month.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Lee Ner­i­son (R-Westby) and Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on a voice vote;  it is Act 303.

 

Sen­ate Bill 344 -  requires prop­erty own­ers to dis­close to poten­tial buy­ers if there is a dam on the prop­erty.  Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive War­ren Petryk (R-Eleva) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 304.

 

Sen­ate Bill 512 – pro­tects the envi­ron­ment by set­ting a manda­tory retail deposit of $10 for lead-acid bat­ter­ies.  Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive John Spiros (R-Marshfield) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on a voice vote; it is Act 305.

 

Sen­ate Bill 478 – ensures school dis­tricts use Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Funds as intended, requires DPI to define inel­i­gi­ble uses.   Sen­a­tor Robert Cowles(R-Green Bay) and Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jim Steineke(R-Kaukauna) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 306.

 

Assem­bly Bill 780- elim­i­nates drunk­en­ness (vol­un­tary intox­i­ca­tion) as a defense for indi­vid­u­als who com­mit crimes.   Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) and Sen­a­tor Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn) authored the bill, which passed the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 307.

 

Assem­bly Bill 801 – stream­lines gov­ern­ment by match­ing unclaimed prop­erty tax own­ers with tax fil­ers, and send­ing them their money if there is a match, elim­i­nat­ing addi­tional paper­work.  The authors of this bill are Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) and Sen­a­tor Neal Kedzie (R-Elkhorn).  The bill passed on a voice vote in the Assem­bly and passed the Sen­ate 33–0; it is Act 308.

 

Sen­ate Bill 553 – allows the Depart­ment of Health Ser­vices to appoint a per­son, who is 18 years or older, at a camp last­ing at least three days to admin­is­ter med­ica­tion to campers or staff mem­bers.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin) and Sen­a­tor Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) authored the bill, which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and Sen­ate; it is Act 309.

 

Sen­ate Bill 513 - pro­vides Green County with the nec­es­sary flex­i­bil­ity to pro­vide levy limit excep­tion ref­er­en­dums to vot­ers before the county’s bud­get dis­cus­sions.  Sen­a­tor Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) and  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) authored the bill which passed both the Assem­bly and Sen­ate on voice votes; it is Act 310.

 

Assem­bly Bill 707 – pro­vides bet­ter pro­tec­tions for vic­tims of abuse by extend­ing the length a restrain­ing order can last from four years to ten years.  Extends orders pro­tect­ing chil­dren in child abuse cases can last, from two years to five years (or until the child turns 18).  The bill, which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and Sen­ate, was authored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jessie Rodriguez (R-Franklin) and Sen­a­tor Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin); it is Act 311.

 

Assem­bly Bill 695 – elim­i­nates duplica­tive train­ing for mobile air con­di­tioner repair tech­ni­cians, sav­ing 3,500 busi­nesses a min­i­mum of $120 annu­ally. Makes Wisconsin’s law con­sis­tent with fed­eral reg­u­la­tions and sur­round­ing states, includ­ing Michi­gan, Min­nesota, Illi­nois and Iowa. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jeremy Thies­feldt (R– Fond du Lac) and Sen­a­tor Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) authored the bill. In the Assem­bly, it passed by voice vote, and in the Sen­ate, it passed 30–3; it is Act 312.

 

Assem­bly Bill 539 – increases safety by allow­ing autho­rized emer­gency vehi­cles, includ­ing ambu­lances and fire trucks, to oper­ate with warn­ing lights while escort­ing vehi­cle pro­ces­sions.    Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Sen­a­tor John Lehman (D-Racine) authored the bill,  which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and Senate; it is Act 313.

 

Assem­bly Bill 581 – strength­ens the law pro­hibit­ing adver­tis­ing that relates to adop­tion and cre­ates a mis­de­meanor crime for bring­ing a child into the state to per­ma­nently trans­fer phys­i­cal cus­tody to a non-relative.   This bill is aimed at address­ing the prac­tice of “rehom­ing” in which an adop­tive par­ent uses the inter­net to find a new home for an adopted child, which cre­ates a safety risk for that child.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed the Assem­bly 97–0, and passed the Sen­ate in a voice vote; it is Act 314.

 

Assem­bly Bill 33 – extends the time coun­ties can seek reim­burse­ment for hous­ing costs from pris­on­ers, from one year to two years.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Mike End­s­ley (R-Sheboygan) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and Sen­ate; it is Act 315.

 

Assem­bly Bill 743 – allows all-terrain vehi­cles (ATVs) and util­ity ter­rain vehi­cles (UTVs) to cross high­way bridges that are less than 1,000 feet,  if allowed by local gov­ern­ment. Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Howard Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored this which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and the Senate; it is Act 316.

 

Assem­bly Bill 556 – allows law enforce­ment to per­form strip searches of indi­vid­u­als who are arrested or taken into cus­tody, if they will be impris­oned in a jail or lockup facil­ity with one or more other people.

Juve­niles may only be strip searched if they are taken into cus­tody for a felony or cer­tain bat­tery or weapon-related mis­de­meanor.  All law enforce­ment agen­cies and facil­i­ties where strip searches may be con­ducted must estab­lish writ­ten poli­cies con­cern­ing strip searches and pro­vide annual training.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and passed the Sen­ate 18–15; it is Act 317.

 

Sen­ate Bill 321 – restricts the lia­bil­ity of pri­vate prop­erty own­ers who allow access to land­ing strips on their prop­erty for recre­ational avi­a­tion.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan) authored the bill which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and Senate. it is Act 318.

 

Sen­ate Bill 339 –allows reli­gious, char­i­ta­ble, ser­vice, fra­ter­nal, veteran’s, or tax−exempt orga­ni­za­tions who obtain a Class A raf­fle license to sell raf­fle tick­ets for up to $500.  The pre­vi­ous limit was $100.

This bill was authored by Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paul Tittl (R-Manitowoc) and Sen­a­tor Joe Leib­ham (R-Sheboygan), and passed via voice vote in both the Assem­bly and Sen­ate; it is Act 319.

 

Assem­bly Bill 593 – clar­i­fies that when leg­is­la­tion repeal­ing or mod­i­fy­ing a rule is enacted, the nor­mal rule-making pro­ce­dures under cur­rent law no longer apply.  This is part of the Right the Rules ini­tia­tive.  Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Duey Stroebel (R-Saukville) and Sen­a­tor Dale Schultz (R-Richland Cen­ter) authored the bill which passed by voice vote in the Assem­bly and passed 31–2 in the Sen­ate; it is Act 320.

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