Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Ninety-Eighth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
Chief Clerk's Entries
Bills Presented to the Governor
The Chief Clerk records:
Senate Bill 20
Senate Bill 429
Senate Bill 464
Senate Bill 483
Senate Bill 496
Presented to the Governor on 3-26-2008.
Deposited with the Secretary of State
The Chief Clerk records:
Senate Joint Resolution 91
Deposited in the office of the Secretary of State on 3-26-2008.
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
March 26 , 2008
To the Honorable, the Senate:
The following bill(s), originating in the Senate, have been approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State:
Bill Number   Act Number   Date Approved
Senate Bill 294   Act 168   March 25 , 2008
Senate Bill 386   Act 170   March 25 , 2008
Respectfully submitted,
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Secretary of State
March 26 , 2008
The Honorable, the Legislature:
Bill Number   Act Number   Publication Date
Senate Bill 234   Act 163   April 7 , 2008
Senate Bill 49   Act 165   April 7 , 2008
Senate Bill 413   Act 167   April 7 , 2008
Secretary of State
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
March 20, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
We have examined the Indian Gaming, Racing, and Charitable Gaming programs administered by the Division of Gaming in the Department of Administration, as required by s. 13.94(1)(eg), Wis. Stats. We have issued an unqualified opinion on the Division's budgetary financial schedules for the three-year period from fiscal year (FY) 2004-05 through FY 2006-07.
In September 2007, we issued Report 07-12, which was our biennial program evaluation of the Division of Gaming, as required by s.13.94(1)(eg), Wis. Stats. We will report on the Division's efforts to address recommendations made in that report during the next program evaluation, which is expected to be completed in 2009.
As shown in the financial schedules, the payments the Indian tribes made to the State were $27.4 million in FY 2004-05, $118.7 million in FY 2005-06, and $49.8 million in FY 2006-07. These amounts fluctuated in part because of the timing of payments received from tribal governments. However, payments have also been affected because compact disputes with several tribes remain unresolved.
Indian Gaming revenues that are not expended, encumbered, or distributed to other agencies based on statutory requirements are transferred to the State's General Fund as miscellaneous receipts available for legislative appropriation. Because Indian gaming payments to the State have fluctuated over the three-year period, the amounts transferred to the General Fund have also fluctuated and were $3.8 million in FY 2004-05, $88.9 million in FY 2005-06, and $22.1 million in FY 2006-07.
From FY 2004-05 through FY 2006-07, revenues generated from the Racing program have declined as another racetrack closed during FY 2005-06, while bingo revenues have remained relatively stable. In total during the three-year period, these sources provided nearly $2.0 million to the Lottery Fund for property tax relief.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by the Department of Administration's Division of Gaming.
Respectfully submitted,
Janice Mueller
State Auditor