Thursday, June 2, 2005
10:00 A.M.
Ninety-Seventh Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by Chief Clerk Marchant pursuant to Senate Rule 5 (4)(b).
The Chair, with unanimous consent, asked that the proper entries be made in the Journal.
INTRODUCTION, First Reading and
reference of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Senate Bill 226
Relating to: informed consent for minors for inpatient and outpatient treatment for mental illness and developmental disability, informed consent for the administration to minors of psychotropic medication, and access to records.
By Senators Roessler, Leibham, Olsen, Stepp and Grothman; cosponsored by Representatives Gundrum, Strachota, Ainsworth, Hahn, Hines, Hundertmark, Kestell, Krawczyk, Musser, Ott, Owens, M. Williams and Lothian.
To committee on Health, Children, Families, Aging and Long Term Care.
Senate Bill 227
Relating to: graffiti and providing a penalty.
By Senators Plale, Darling, Carpenter, S. Fitzgerald and Wirch; cosponsored by Representatives Staskunas, Zepnick, Montgomery, Hahn, Lehman, Sinicki, Richards, Turner, Townsend, Nass, Vrakas, Ott and Lothian.
To committee on Judiciary, Corrections and Privacy.
Senate Bill 228
Relating to: provider organizations subject to health care liability requirements.
By Senator Stepp ; cosponsored by Representative Gielow .
To committee on Health, Children, Families, Aging and Long Term Care.
Senate Bill 229
Relating to: granting high school credit for extracurricular sports.
By Senators Kanavas and Grothman; cosponsored by Representatives Vrakas, Ballweg, M. Williams, Lothian, Pettis, Ainsworth, Hahn, Pridemore, LeMahieu, F. Lasee and Molepske.
To committee on Education.
Petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
June 2, 2005
The Honorable, The Senate:
Pursuant to Senate Rule 46(2)(c), I am writing to direct that Assembly Bill 46 be withdrawn from the committee on Veterans, Homeland Security, Military Affairs, Small Business and Government Reform and rereferred to the committee on Senate Organization. I have obtained the consent of the appropriate chairperson.
Senate President
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
May 26, 2005
The Honorable, The Legislature:
As required by s. 13.94(1)(n), Wis. Stats., we have completed a review of the statewide design and construction standards that apply to multifamily dwellings, which are housing units that are typically two- or three-story, four- to eight-unit apartment buildings. These standards are administered by the Department of Commerce.
For approximately seven years, builders and local safety officials were required to comply with requirements of two separate building codes: the Multifamily Dwelling Code, which took effect in April 1995, and the existing Commercial Building Code. Because differences between the two codes created some confusion among builders, a single code covering multifamily and other commercial buildings was adopted in 2002. The 2002 Commercial Building Code is based on international standards and includes elements of Wisconsin's prior codes. Commerce staff and other interested parties believe the new combined code addresses many of the concerns that existed when multifamily construction had its own separate code. We note, however, that steps could be taken to improve the timeliness of plan reviews and compliance with refund requirements.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by the Department of Commerce and members of the Multifamily Dwelling Council in completing this review.
State Auditor
S238 The State of Wisconsin
office of the governor
executive order #101
Relating to the Development and Promotion of Biobased Industry
WHEREAS, current biobased product and bioenergy technology has the potential to make renewable farm and forest resources major sources of affordable electricity, fuel, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and other materials; and
WHEREAS, technical advances in these areas can create an expanding array of new business and employment opportunities for farmers, forest products companies and other businesses in Wisconsin; and
WHEREAS, these technologies can create new markets for farm and forest bi-products and residuals, new economic opportunities for underused land and new value-added business opportunities; and
WHEREAS, they also have the potential to reduce Wisconsin's dependence on foreign oil, improve air quality, water quality and flood control, decrease erosion and help minimize net production of greenhouse gases; and
WHEREAS, it is the policy of this Administration, to develop a comprehensive state strategy, including research, development and private sector incentives, to stimulate the creation and early adoption of technologies needed to make biobased products and bioenergy cost-competitive in large national and international markets;
NOW, THEREFORE, I JIM DOYLE, Governor of the State of Wisconsin by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the Laws of this State, and specifically by Wis. Stat. 14.019, do hereby:
Establish the Consortium on Biobased Industry (the "Consortium"); and
2. Direct the Secretaries of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Natural Resources and the Administrator of the Department of Administration Division of Energy to consult with the Governor regarding potential members of the Consortium; and
3. Provide that the Consortium will include up to 20 members of stakeholders including representatives from the farm, forestry, chemical manufacturing and other businesses, energy companies, electric utilities, environmental organizations, the university research community and other critical sectors; and
4. Provide that members of the Consortium may serve on the Consortium through designees; and
5. Provide that the Consortium shall have the following mission:
a. Recommend short-term and long-term policy and commercialization strategies for the Governor outlining overall state goals and actions that promote the development and use of biobased products and bioenergy in an environmentally sound manner; and