Tuesday, February 20, 2007
11:09 A.M.
Ninety‐Eighth Regular Session
Assembly Journal
The Assembly met in the Assembly Chamber located in the State Capitol.
Speaker Huebsch in the chair.
Representative J. Fitzgerald asked unanimous consent for a quorum call. Granted.

  A quorum was present.
The prayer was offered by Pastor Bill Weiss of the Emerald Grove Church in Whitewater.
Representative Shilling 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 Albers, Benedict, Berceau, Bies, Black, Boyle, Colon, Cullen, Davis, Fields, J. Fitzgerald, Friske, Garthwaite, Gottlieb, Grigsby, Gronemus, Gunderson, Gundrum, Hahn, Hebl, Hilgenberg, Hines, Hintz, Hixson, Honadel, Hraychuck, Hubler, Jeskewitz, Jorgensen, Kaufert, Kerkman, Kessler, Kestell, Kleefisch, Kramer, Kreuser, Krusick, F. Lasee, LeMahieu, Lothian, Mason, Meyer, Molepske, Montgomery, Moulton, Mursau, Murtha, Musser, Nass, Nelson, Nerison, Newcomer, Nygren, A. Ott, J. Ott, Owens, Parisi, Petersen, Petrowski, Pocan, Pope-Roberts, Pridemore, Rhoades, Richards, Roth, Schneider, Seidel, Sheridan, Sherman, Shilling, Sinicki, Smith, Soletski, Staskunas, Steinbrink, Stone, Strachota, Suder, Tauchen, Toles, Townsend, Travis, Turner, Van Akkeren, Van Roy, Vos, Vruwink, Vukmir, Wasserman, Wieckert, A. Williams, M. Williams, Wood, Young, Zepnick, Ziegelbauer, Zipperer and Speaker Huebsch - 98.
Absent with leave - Representative Ballweg - 1.
Vacancies - None.
Leaves of Absence
Representative Honadel asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for today's session for Representative Ballweg. Granted.
Leaves of Absence
Representative Honadel asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for part of today's session for Representatives Roth and Wood. Granted.
Amendments Offered
Assembly substitute amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 47 offered by Representative Vukmir.
Assembly amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 56 offered by Representative Strachota.
Introduction and Reference
of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Assembly Joint Resolution 18
Relating to: taxation of principal homesteads of individuals (first consideration).
By Representatives Sherman, Sheridan, Fields, Berceau, Black, Boyle, Gronemus, Hubler, Molepske, Zepnick, Sinicki, Pocan and Pope-Roberts; cosponsored by Senators Jauch, Erpenbach, Carpenter, Decker and Lassa.
To committee on Ways and Means .
Assembly Bill 73
Relating to: restrictions on employment of former commissioners and certain staff of the Public Service Commission and providing a penalty.
By Representatives Black, Pope-Roberts, Boyle, Berceau, Pocan, Hilgenberg, Sheridan, Hintz and Jorgensen; cosponsored by Senators Lassa, Carpenter, Lehman, Risser and Coggs.
To committee on Energy and Utilities .
Assembly Bill 74
Relating to: service by a former member of the legislature as a lobbyist.
By Representatives Black, Ziegelbauer, Strachota, Cullen, Boyle, Benedict, Smith, Pocan, Hilgenberg, Sheridan, Hintz and Jorgensen; cosponsored by Senators Lassa, Carpenter, Lehman, Hansen, Risser and Sullivan.
To committee on Judiciary and Ethics .
A61 Assembly Bill 75
Relating to: assistance for veterans affected by depleted uranium.
By Representatives Nelson, Lothian, Black, Boyle, Pocan, Parisi, Van Akkeren, Richards, Shilling, Seidel, Sheridan, Kreuser, Sinicki, Fields, Vruwink, Molepske, Travis, Berceau, Hahn, Albers, Hubler, Townsend, Turner, Petrowski, Mason, Soletski, Hintz, Hraychuck and Hilgenberg; cosponsored by Senators Cowles, Hansen, Lehman, Roessler, Breske, Wirch, Lassa and Miller.
To committee on Veterans and Military Affairs .
Assembly Bill 76
Relating to: increasing the recycling fee imposed on the disposal of solid waste, the program of financial assistance for local recycling programs, and making an appropriation.
By Representatives Black, Smith, Hraychuck, Hubler, Boyle, Benedict, Hilgenberg, Kessler, Parisi, Pocan, Cullen, Garthwaite, Turner, Hebl, Berceau, Molepske, Sherman and Sinicki; cosponsored by Senators Jauch, Kreitlow, Harsdorf, Carpenter, Lehman, Lassa and Risser.
To committee on Natural Resources .
Assembly Bill 77
Relating to: distributing the school levy and lottery and gaming property tax credits.
By Representatives Sherman, Petrowski, Ballweg, Albers, Townsend, Turner, F. Lasee, Berceau, Zepnick and Seidel; cosponsored by Senators Jauch and Olsen.
To committee on Ways and Means .
Assembly Bill 78
Relating to: directing school boards to provide instruction about the recent history of the Hmong people.
By Representatives Seidel, Kessler, Nelson, Fields, Black, Hebl, Smith, Travis, Sheridan, Shilling, Hintz, Molepske, Hilgenberg, Soletski, Grigsby, Pocan, Zepnick, Berceau and Musser; cosponsored by Senators Lehman, Wirch, Schultz, Hansen, Plale and Roessler.
To committee on Education.
Assembly Bill 79
Relating to: the powers of certain towns, authorizing the creation of charter towns by certain town boards, and expanding the authority of charter towns to create tax incremental financing districts.
By Representatives Kerkman, Owens, Bies, Lothian, A. Ott, Ballweg, Albers, Musser, Hines, F. Lasee, Pridemore, Hahn, Vos, Gunderson, Smith, Hraychuck, Boyle, Davis and Petersen; cosponsored by Senators Breske, Schultz and Kapanke.