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Joint Survey Committee on Tax Exemptions
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Speaker's Communications
DATE: June 7, 2011

TO: Governor Scott Walker
FROM: Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald

RE: State Capitol and Executive Residence Board Appointment
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has appointed Representative Duey Stroebel and Representative Amy Loudenbeck to the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board.
Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald has confirmed Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca's appointment of Representative Gordon Hintz to the State Capitol and Executive Residence Board.
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Communications
June 6, 2011
Patrick Fuller
Assembly Chief Clerk
17 West Main Street, Suite 401
Madison, WI 53703
Dear Chief Clerk Fuller:
Please remove my name as a co-author of Assembly Bill 156, relating to venue for actions and appeals in which the sole defendant is the state, a state board or commission, or certain state officers, employees, or agents.
Sincerely,
Jim Ott
State Representative
23rd Assembly District
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State of Wisconsin
Office of the Secretary of State
Madison
To Whom It May Concern:
Acts, Joint Resolutions and Resolutions deposited in this office have been numbered and published as follows:
Bill Number Act Number Publication Date
Assembly Bill 3524June 13, 2011
Jt. Res. Number Enrolled Number Publication Date
Assembly Joint Res. 226 Not Published
Assembly Joint Res. 147 Not Published
A365 Assembly Joint Res. 338 Not Published
Sincerely,
Douglas La Follette
Secretary of State
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Agency Reports
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
Madison
June 2, 2011
To the Honorable, the Assembly:
As the first phase of our comprehensive evaluation of the Medical Assistance program requested by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, we have completed a review of the Enrollment Services Center established by the Department of Health Services (DHS) in 2008 to centrally manage day-to-day operations of certain public assistance programs. As of March 2011, the center was staffed by 482 individuals, 432 of whom were employed by Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Services, Inc., under amendments to its contract as the State's fiscal agent for Medical Assistance. Since fiscal year (FY) 2008-09, HP Enterprise Services and another private contractor- Automated Health Systems, Inc.-have been paid nearly $27.6 million for services related to the BadgerCare Plus plans that expand health care services to adults without dependent children, as well the FoodShare program for low-income, childless adults.
DHS appears to have established and rapidly expanded the Enrollment Services Center with little organized planning, limited legislative oversight, and no formal efforts to determine the appropriate mix of contract and state staff. We identified a number of concerns the Legislature may wish to consider as it deliberates a proposal that would create operations similar to those at the Enrollment Services Center for all BadgerCare Plus plans. For example, we noted a lack of quality assurance activities prior to 2011, the potential loss of federal funding under program rules that require public employees to make eligibility determinations, and mixed success in other states' efforts to implement similar initiatives. The extent to which DHS has used an existing contract to staff the Enrollment Services Center also raises questions about the transparency of its contracting practices.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by staff of DHS, HP Enterprise Services, and Automated Health Systems in completing this review.
Sincerely,
Janice Mueller
State Auditor
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Adjournment
Representative Knodl moved that the Assembly stand adjourned until 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, June 8.
The question was: Shall the Assembly stand adjourned?
Motion carried.
The Assembly stood adjourned.
2:25 P.M.
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