Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Ninety‐Eighth Regular Session
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.
Representative Honadel asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for today's session for Representative Ballweg. Granted.
Representative Honadel asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for part of today's session for Representatives Roth and Wood. Granted.
Assembly substitute amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 47 offered by Representative Vukmir.
Assembly amendment 1 to Assembly Bill 56 offered by Representative Strachota.
Read first time and referred:
Assembly Joint Resolution 18
Relating to: taxation of principal homesteads of individuals (first consideration).
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.
To committee on Energy and Utilities
Assembly Bill 74
Relating to: service by a former member of the legislature as a lobbyist.
To committee on Judiciary and Ethics
Relating to: assistance for veterans affected by depleted uranium.
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.
To committee on Natural Resources
Assembly Bill 77
Relating to: distributing the school levy and lottery and gaming property tax credits.
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.
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.
To committee on Rural Affairs
Assembly Bill 80
Relating to: special distinguishing registration plates for persons who have had an immediate family member die while in military service.