Senator Robson, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate recess until 11:58 A.M..
10:12 A.M.
11:58 A.M.
The Senate reconvened.
Senator Risser in the chair.
INTRODUCTION, first reading and reference of bills
Read first time and referred:
Senate Bill 73
Relating to: eliminating school district revenue limits and making an appropriation.
By Senator Risser ; cosponsored by Representatives Boyle, J. Lehman, Young, Reynolds, Turner, Black, Pocan, Ryba, Coggs, Miller, Berceau and Balow.
To committee on Education.
Senate Bill 74
Relating to: excusing persons from jury service.
By Senators Risser and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Carpenter, J. Lehman, Ryba, Pettis, Staskunas and Albers.
To committee on Judiciary, Consumer Affairs, and Campaign Finance Reform.
S104 Senate Bill 75
Relating to: fees charged by notary publics.
By Senators Risser, Schultz and Huelsman; cosponsored by Representatives Musser, Ryba and Pettis.
To committee on Universities, Housing, and Government Operations.
Senate Bill 76
Relating to: an income and franchise tax credit for small businesses that pay a guarantee fee.
By Senators Moore, Robson, Burke, Roessler, George, Schultz, Darling and Rosenzweig; cosponsored by Representatives Seratti, Pocan, Turner, Morris-Tatum, Miller, Schooff, Plale, Townsend, Berceau, Lassa, Riley and Leibham.
To committee on Universities, Housing, and Government Operations.
report of committees
The committee on Labor and Agriculture reports and recommends:
Assembly Bill 7
Relating to: storage and handling of anhydrous ammonia, creating an exemption from civil liability, and providing a penalty.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Hansen, Decker, Baumgart, A. Lasee and Harsdorf.
Noes, 0 - None.
Drew , William R., of Milwaukee, as a member of the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2004.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Hansen, Decker, Baumgart, A. Lasee and Harsdorf.
Noes, 0 - None.
McKeithan, Patricia B., of Milwaukee, as a member of the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2005.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Hansen, Decker, Baumgart, A. Lasee and Harsdorf.
Noes, 0 - None.
Wilson , R. Douglas, of Shawano, as a member of the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2003.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Hansen, Decker, Baumgart, A. Lasee and Harsdorf.
Noes, 0 - None.
Senate Bill 48
Relating to: creating an optional holiday for state employees to observe the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez.
Ayes, 3 - Senators Hansen, Decker and Baumgart.
Noes, 2 - Senators A. Lasee and Harsdorf.
David Hansen
petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
Department of Workforce Development
February 27, 2001
The Honorable, The Senate:
Pursuant to Section 109.12(2) and (3) of Wisconsin Statutes I hereby submit the department's calendar year 2000 annual report on the administration and enforcement of Sections 109.07 and 109.075 of Wisconsin Statutes. The report contains three sections. The first section lists all businesses in 2000 that notified the department of planned business closings/mass layoffs, the location of the business, type of industry involved, number of persons affected and date(s) of scheduled dislocations. The second section lists complaints pending before the department's Equal rights Division, at the beginning of 2000. It includes the complaints received during calendar year 2000, alleging violations of Wisconsin's business closing/mass layoff notification law. This section lists the name of the business, location, date the department received the complaint, date the investigation was completed (if any), whether a violation was documented and the current stats and/or outcome of the case.
The third section lists similar information for any complaints received by the department in 2000 and 2001, alleging violations that an employer failed to provide advance notification to affected employees of a cessation of health insurance benefit plans. No complaints were received in 2000 and so far one complaint has been received in 2001. The department is actively investigating this complaint at the time of this report.
On January 1, 2000, 12 business closing cases from prior years remained pending. Two of these cases remained in investigation. The Department completed both of the investigations by March 6, 2000. Both of those determinations were appealed. By May 16, 2000, the department processed both of those appeals as well as two more appeals that were still pending on January 1, 2000. Currently the Department of Justice has eight cases pending litigation to resolve those matters. The remaining four cases were closed with no violations having been found.
In 2000 the Equal Rights Division received 26 complaints alleging violations of the plan closing and mass layoff notification law. In calendar year 1999, the department received 10 complaints alleging violations of the Plant Closing law. The Equal Rights Division found violations in two of the 21 cases on which it completed investigation in 2000. Each of the three violations were referred to the Department of Justice for litigation in court. The department, in cooperation with the Department of Justice settled a fourth case against U.S. Leather, (listed a the Pfister & Vogel/Gebhardt cases), resulting in $763,541.40 in increased wages paid to 510 workers. Five cases that were received in 2000 remain under investigation at this time.
If you have questions regarding this report, please contact the Administrator of the Equal Rights Division, Sheehan Donoghue at 266-0946, or me.
Jennifer Reinert
State of Wisconsin
Ethics Board
March 6, 2001
The Honorable, The Senate:
The following lobbyists have been authorized to act on behalf of the organizations set opposite their names.
S105 For more detailed information about these lobbyists and organizations and a complete list of organizations and people authorized to lobby the 2001 session of the legislature, visit the Ethics Board's web site at
Anderson, Jay G. Strategic Environmental Solutions International Corp.
Beckord, John Forward Janesville Inc
Bonaria, Jeri WAVE Educational Fund
Christianson, Peter C Motion Picture Association of America Inc
Croysdale, Donald American Subcontractors Association of Greater Milwaukee Inc
Dilweg, Sean Wisconsin Education Association Council
Elkin, Vicki Gathering Waters Inc
Essie, Patrick Wisconsin Education Association Council
Hanson, Thomas Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
Hottenroth, Theresa M Columbia-St. Marys Inc
Irizarry, Jocelyn Strategic Environmental Solutions International Corp.
Leitch, Laura J Columbia-St. Marys Inc
Mitchell, Brian Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association
Mitchell, Brian Old Republic Surety Group
Mueller, H Carl Journal Communications Inc
Nett, Jeffrey Wisconsin Troopers Association, Inc