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Capitol Update
June 24, 2019Like us on Facebook
Contents Include:
1. Governor Evers Vetoes Pro-Life Bills
2. Joint Finance Committee Approves State Budget
3. Assembly Passes Housing Bills
4. New Bills of Interest
 
Governor Evers Vetoes Pro-Life Bills
On June 21 Governor Evers vetoed four pro-life bills that aim to protect children, provide more information to women seeking abortion, and better track and regulate abortions in Wisconsin: AB-179 , AB-180 , AB-182 , and AB-183 . In response, the WCC issued a press release denouncing the Governor's vetoes.
 
Joint Finance Committee Approves State Budget
On June 13, the JFC approved the state budget ( SB-059 and AB-56 ). The Assembly will take up the bill on June 25, after which it will go to the Senate, which is expected to vote on the bill on June 26. Once approved by both houses, the bill will then go to Governor Evers for his review and action. The WCC will send out a summary of the final budget once the Governor has signed it into law.
 
Assembly Passes Housing Bills
On June 18, the Assembly passed seven bills that would reduce homelessness and are based on the recommendations of the Wisconsin Interagency Council on Homeless: AB 119 (shelter grants), AB 120 (case management), AB-121 (grants), AB 122 (job training), AB 123 (grants), AB-124 (grants), and AB-125 (loans). The bills now await action in the Senate. The WCC registered in support.
 
New Bills of Interest
AB-263 Parental Rights (Brandtjen, Janel) Termination of parental rights; the rights of alleged fathers in certain proceedings; and payments allowed in connection with an adoption. Referred to Assembly Children and Families
 
AB-287 Advance Directives (Snyder, Pat) Certifications for advance directives and findings of incapacity related to powers of attorney for health care. Referred to Assembly Health
 
AB-290 Pharmacist Prescriptions (Sargent, Melissa) Permitting pharmacists to prescribe, administer, and dispense certain contraceptives, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Referred to Assembly Health
 
AB-291 Trauma-Informed Care (Tittl, Paul) Trauma-informed care position grants and making an appropriation. Referred to Assembly Children and Families
 
AB-295 Homestead Tax Credit (Riemer, Daniel) Increasing the homestead tax credit maximum income. Referred to Assembly Ways and Means
 
AB-304  Pharmacist Prescriptions (Kitchens, Joel) Permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. Referred to Assembly Committee on Health
 
AB-307 Suicide Prevention Grant (Rohrkaste, Mike) Grants to the Center for Suicide Awareness, Inc., and making an appropriation. Referred to Assembly Committee on Mental Health
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