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Sincerely,
TERRY C. ANDERSON
Director
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
June 8, 2005
The Honorable, The Legislature:
As required by s. 66.0317 (2)(e), Wis. Stats., we have reviewed the performance of area cooperation compacts entered into by Wisconsin cities, villages, and towns. Municipalities in designated high-population areas are required to enter into at least two intergovernmental agreements with neighboring municipalities for joint service delivery, shared planning efforts, municipal revenue sharing, boundary agreements, or other types of agreements intended to reduce service delivery costs. Counties may participate in such agreements but are not required to do so. The Department of Revenue surveys municipalities annually on their compliance with these requirements, which began in 2003.
In June 2002, 82.3 percent of the municipalities responding to a survey by the Department, or 368 municipalities, indicated that they planned to enter into compacts by 2003. By June 2004, 72.3 percent of municipalities responding to the Department's survey indicated they had entered into compacts, although inconsistencies in survey responses create some uncertainty about the validity of these results.
We include a recommendation for the Department to improve the quality of the data collected from municipalities and thereby enable more comprehensive assessments of the program in the future.
I hope you find this information useful. Please contact me if you have additional questions.
Sincerely,
JANICE MUELLER
State Auditor
State of Wisconsin
Department of Health and Family Services
June 3, 2005
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Pursuant to Wis. Stat., s. 50.04(5)(fr), the Department is required to submit an annual report to the Legislature related to Class A violations committed by nursing homes, including facilities serving individuals with developmental disabilities, and forfeitures assessed on nursing homes for those violations. Enclosed is the report.
A Class A violation is a violation of Chapter 50, Wis. Stats., HFS 132, or 134, Wis. Admin. Code, that creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a nursing home presenting a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm to a resident will result.
The Department issued 35 Class A violations to nursing homes between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2004. The attached chart details all of the Class A violations, including the original forfeiture amount assessed and the status of payment.
I am pleased to inform you that the Department has met the goal of assessing forfeitures within 120 days of the survey exit which is an improvement over past years.
Sincerely,
HELENE NELSON
Secretary
State of Wisconsin
Department of Commerce
June 3, 2005
The Honorable, The Legislature:
S247 Pursuant to Section 1 (1)(c) of 2003 Wisconsin Act 96, the Department of Commerce hereby submits the attached report and recommendations to you, for distribution in the manner provided in section 13.172(2) of the statutes.
This report and its included recommendations address disposal of oil filters and other oil-absorbent materials in Wisconsin.
Also pursuant to Section 1 (1)(c) of 2003 Wisconsin Act 96, the Department is concurrently submitting the attached report and recommendations to the Governor.
Sincerely,
MARY P. BURKE
Secretary
State of Wisconsin
Ethics Board
June 7, 2005
The Honorable, The Senate:
The following lobbyists have been authorized to act on behalf of the organizations set opposite their names.
For more detailed information about these lobbyists and organizations and a complete list of organizations and people authorized to lobby the 2005 session of the legislature, visit the Ethics Board's web site at http://ethics.state.wi.us
Brooks, Bryan Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Brooks, Bryan Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association Inc
Decorah, Sarah Wisconsin Grocers Association, Inc.
Handrick, Joey S.C. Johnson & Son Inc
Hubbard, Gregory Bad River Band of Chippewa Indians
King, Russell Wisconsin Homecare Organization
Kuehn, Ronald W Generation International LLC
Lamb, Jordan Generation International LLC
Langenohl, Tony Stewart Title Guaranty Co.
McCoshen, William J Stewart Title Guaranty Co.
Mohrman, Christopher C. Covenant Healthcare System Inc
Petak, George Georgia-Pacific Corporation
Petak, George Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association Inc
Petersen, Eric J Forest County Potawatomi Community
Petersen, Eric J Stewart Title Guaranty Co.
Roys, Lisa State Bar of Wisconsin
Schimming, Brian S.C. Johnson & Son Inc
Springer, Thomas J Wisconsin Beer Distributors Association Inc
Stepaniak, Jerry MAXIMUS Inc
Winstrom, Todd Wisconsin Coalition for Advocacy
Also available from the Wisconsin Ethics Board are reports identifying the amount and value of time state agencies have spent to affect legislative action and reports of expenditures for lobbying activities filed by organizations that employ lobbyists.
Sincerely,
R. Roth Judd
Executive Director
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
June 7 , 2005
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 124 Act 13 June 6 , 2005
Senate Bill 78 Act 14 June 7 , 2005
Sincerely,
JIM DOYLE
Governor
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ADVICE AND CONSENT OF THE SENATE
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
June 1, 2005
The Honorable, The Senate:
I am pleased to nominate and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint Littig , Eileen, of Green Bay, as a member of the Educational Communications Board, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.
Sincerely,
JIM DOYLE
Governor
Read and referred to committee on Education.
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
June 2, 2005
The Honorable, The Senate:
I am pleased to nominate and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint Hahn , John, of Elm Grove, as a member of the Examining Board of Professional Geologists, Hydrologists and Soil Scientists, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2007.
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