Tuesday, May 3, 2005
11:00 A.M.
Ninety-Seventh Regular Session
Assembly Journal
The Assembly met in the Assembly Chamber located in the State Capitol.
Speaker Gard in the chair.
Representative Huebsch asked unanimous consent for a quorum call. Granted.

A quorum was present.
The prayer was offered by Pastor Ronald Vander Werff from the Friesland Reformed Church in Friesland
Representative LeMahieu led the membership in reciting the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
The roll was taken.
The result follows:
Present - Representatives Ainsworth, Albers, Ballweg, Benedict, Berceau, Bies, Black, Boyle, Colon, Cullen, Davis, Fields, J. Fitzgerald, Freese, Friske, Gielow, Gottlieb, Grigsby, Gronemus, Gunderson, Gundrum, Hahn, Hebl, Hines, Honadel, Hubler, Huebsch, Hundertmark, Jensen, Kaufert, Kerkman, Kessler, Kestell, Kleefisch, Kreibich, Kreuser, Krusick, Lamb, F. Lasee, Lehman, LeMahieu, Loeffelholz, Lothian, Meyer, Molepske, Montgomery, Moulton, Mursau, Musser, Nass, Nelson, Nerison, Nischke, Ott, Owens, Parisi, Petrowski, Pettis, Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Pridemore, Rhoades, Richards, Schneider, Seidel, Sheridan, Shilling, Sinicki, Staskunas, Steinbrink, Stone, Strachota, Suder, Toles, Towns, Townsend, Travis, Turner, Underheim, Van Akkeren, Van Roy, Vos, Vrakas, Vruwink, Vukmir, Ward, Wasserman, Wieckert, A. Williams, M. Williams, Wood, Young, Zepnick, Ziegelbauer and Speaker Gard - 95.
Absent with leave - Representatives Jeskewitz, Krawczyk, McCormick and Sherman - 4.
Vacancies - None.
Leaves of Absence
Representative Vrakas asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for today's session for Representatives Jeskewitz, Krawczyk and McCormick. Granted.
Representative Turner asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for today's session for Representative Sherman. Granted.
Amendments Offered
Assembly amendment 2 to Assembly substitute amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 39 offered by Representatives Nass and Young.
Assembly amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 57 offered by Representative Pettis.
Introduction and Reference
of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Assembly Joint Resolution 34
Relating to: the life and public service of Stanton Peter Helland.
By Representatives Albers, Hines, Freese, Hahn, Gunderson, Jeskewitz, Townsend, Lehman, Gard and Turner; cosponsored by Senators Schultz, Olsen, Lazich, Kedzie and Miller.
To committee on Rules.
Assembly Joint Resolution 35
Relating to: proclaiming the week of May 8 to 14, 2005, as Salvation Army Week in the state of Wisconsin.
By Representatives Townsend, Pettis, Montgomery, Hahn, Loeffelholz, Wieckert, Nischke, Underheim, Hundertmark, Lamb, Kleefisch, Davis, Vos, Pridemore, Strachota, Vukmir, Jensen, Bies, F. Lasee, M. Williams, Albers, Moulton, LeMahieu, Honadel, Gielow, Ainsworth, Wood, Nerison, Ott, Towns, Nass, Gunderson, Kestell, Van Roy, Meyer, Friske, Lothian, Kerkman, Huebsch, Gard, Vrakas, Gottlieb, J. Fitzgerald, Owens, Kaufert, Ward, Stone, Gundrum, Lehman, Turner, Krawczyk, Schneider, Young, Fields, Benedict and Gronemus; cosponsored by Senators Roessler and Kedzie.
To committee on Rules.
A215 Executive Communications
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
May 2, 2005
To the Honorable Members of the Assembly:
The following bills, originating in the Assembly, have been approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State:
Bill Number Act Number Date Approved
Assembly Bill 943April 29, 2005
Assembly Bill 995May 2, 2005
Assembly Bill 928May 2, 2005
Assembly Bill 14010May 2, 2005
Respectfully submitted,
Jim Doyle
Governor's Veto Message
April 29, 2005
To the Honorable Members of the Assembly:
I am vetoing Assembly Bill 3 in its entirety. This bill increases the cap on the number of pupils that may participate in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program from 15% of the enrollment in the Milwaukee Public Schools, which is estimated to be approximately 14,750 students in the 2005-06 school year, to 16,500 pupils beginning in 2005-06.
I have said repeatedly that I am willing to support a proposal to lift the Choice cap as long as it also addresses the needs of the vast majority of Milwaukee children who attend public schools. I believe that adjustments to the school choice cap should only be made in the context of a broader effort to improve education for ALL students. AB 3 does nothing to improve the quality of education in Milwaukee's public schools. This bill helps a few students at the expense of many - and at the expense of property taxpayers. Unfortunately, many in the Legislature who have been the most vocal proponents of expanding school choice have also been the strongest opponents of measures that would help all students, such as investing in smaller class sizes and four-year-old kindergarten.
Further, I am vetoing this bill because it would have negative financial implications for the state, hurt Milwaukee taxpayers, and drain resources from children in Milwaukee Public Schools. For example, if 1,500 additional pupils enter the Choice Program as a result of the bill, state costs would increase by $4.9 million, property taxes in Milwaukee would increase by $2.3 million, and revenues for educating children in Milwaukee would be reduced by up to $13.5 million. These changes are contrary to my efforts to provide property tax relief that maintains our commitment to educate all of our children.
Finally, I am vetoing AB 3 because it does not provide a long-term solution to the allocation of seats in the program if the new cap is reached next year or in the future. Last year, the Department of Public Instruction proposed a reasonable and workable solution to this issue, one that would have given preference to existing students in the Choice program and their siblings. That solution was rejected by the Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules, which opted to create a crisis rather than craft a solution.
In vetoing this bill, I also repeat my offer: Let's work together to craft a broad, meaningful, long-term solution that improves educational opportunities for all Milwaukee schoolchildren, whether they attend Choice schools or public schools.
Jim Doyle