Thursday, January 30, 1997
1:30 A.M.
Ninety-Third Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by Senator Fred Risser.
The roll was called and the following Senators answered to their names:
Senators Adelman, Breske, Buettner, Burke, Chvala, Clausing, Cowles, Darling, Decker, Drzewiecki, Ellis, Farrow, Fitzgerald, George, Grobschmidt, Huelsman, Jauch, A. Lasee, Moen, Moore, Panzer, Plache, C. Potter, Risser, Rosenzweig, Rude, Schultz, Shibilski, Weeden, Welch, Wineke, Wirch and Zien - 33.
Absent - None.
Absent with leave - None.
The Senate remained standing and Senator Rude led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
INTRODUCTION, first reading and reference of bills
Read first time and referred:
Senate Bill 50
Relating to: increasing a school district's revenue limit for certain technology-related expenditures.
By Senators Jauch, Grobschmidt, Clausing, Breske, Moen, Risser, Plache and Darling; cosponsored by Representatives Hanson, Black, Seratti, Linton, Boyle, Murat, R. Young, Reynolds and Plale.
To committee on Education.
Senate Bill 51
Relating to: background investigations of applicants for employment in, and employes of, private schools participating in the Milwaukee parental choice program.
By Senators Jauch, Rude, Wineke, Moen, Wirch, Breske, Plache, Huelsman, Clausing and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Murat, Kreuser, Musser, Plale, Hasenohrl, Bock, Seratti, R. Young, La Fave, Cullen, Dobyns, Boyle, Wasserman and Dueholm.
To committee on Education.
report of committees
State of Wisconsin
Senate Majority Leader
January 29, 1997
The Honorable, The Senate:
Senate Bill 2, relating to regulation of various trading practices on the National Cheese Exchange, increases costs in excess of $10,000, but less than $100,000. therefore, pursuant to section 16.47 (2), Wisconsin Statutes, the committee on Senate Organization, by a vote of Ayes 5, Noes 0, attached an emergency statement to this bill.
Senator Chuck Chvala
Chair, Committee on Senate Organization
petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
January 17, 1997
The Honorable, The Senate:
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has completed a report on the farmland preservation program as directed by 1995 Wisconsin Act 27.
The department was required to examine alternative methods for administering the farmland preservation tax credit payback requirement for persons who withdraw from the program. In the first part of the report, we identify the shortcomings of the current tax credit payback process. In the second part of the report, we discuss three alternatives to the current process:
(1) Modification of the current process to track parcel data, tax information and ownership changes at the state level.
(2) Replacement of the tax credit payback with a flat fee on farmland that is converted to other uses.
(3) Elimination of the tax credit payback from the program.
Please feel free to call David Jelinski at (608) 224-4621 if you have any questions concerning this report.
Alan T. Tracy
State of Wisconsin
Department of Administration
January 21, 1997
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Chapter 34, Laws of 1979, requires that when the Department of Administration maintains an office in Washington, DC, for the purpose of promoting federal/state cooperation, it should submit a report detailing the activities of the office and reporting the status of federal legislation of concern to the Legislature and other state agencies (Wis. Stats. 16.548(2)).
The report for the period October 1, 1996, through December 31, 1996, is attached.
Mark D. Bugher
referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules
State of Wisconsin
Revisor of Statutes Bureau
February 1, 1997
To the Honorable, the Senate:
The following rules have been published: