Tuesday, October 30, 2007
11:11 A.M.
Ninety‐Eighth Regular Session
Assembly Journal
The Assembly met in the Assembly Chamber located in the State Capitol.
Speaker Pro Tempore Gottlieb in the chair.
Representative Gundrum asked unanimous consent for a quorum call. Granted.

  A quorum was present.
The prayer was offered by Representative Hahn.
Representative Grigsby 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, Ballweg, Benedict, Berceau, Bies, Black, Boyle, Colon, Cullen, Davis, 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, 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 - 97.
Absent with leave - Representatives Fields and Kreuser - 2.
Vacancies - None.
Speaker Huebsch in the chair.
Leaves of Absence
Representative Staskunas asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for today's session for Representatives Fields and Kreuser. Granted.
Leaves of Absence
Representative Honadel asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for part of today's session for Representatives Gunderson and Montgomery. Granted.
Representative Staskunas asked unanimous consent for a leave of absence for part of today's session for Representatives Pocan, Sheridan and A. Williams. Granted.
Introduction and Reference
of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Assembly Bill 551
Relating to: convening and conduct of committees of conference on biennial budget bills.
By Representatives Parisi, Pocan, Shilling, Black, Jorgensen, Pope-Roberts, Richards, Sheridan, Hebl, Mason, Benedict, Staskunas, Berceau, Boyle, Hilgenberg, Fields, Nelson and A. Williams.
To committee on Assembly Organization .
Assembly Bill 552
Relating to: withholding of legislator pay and appropriation authority for state government programs and operations.
By Representatives Molepske, Boyle, Wood, Mason, Soletski, Hintz and Fields.
To committee on Assembly Organization .
Assembly Bill 553
Relating to: limiting the use of the lowest responsible bidder process and requiring local units of government to use the qualification-based selection process for certain public works consulting contracts.
By Representatives Gottlieb, Smith, Albers, Gunderson, Jeskewitz, Kerkman, Mursau, Nelson, Newcomer, A. Ott, Richards, Stone, Townsend and Moulton; cosponsored by Senators Plale, Decker, Grothman, Hansen, Kanavas, Kedzie and Wirch.
To committee on Urban and Local Affairs .
Assembly Bill 554
Relating to: nursery dealers, nursery growers, Christmas tree growers, and granting rule-making authority.
A326 By Representatives A. Ott, Musser, Gunderson, Hahn, Gronemus and Zepnick; cosponsored by Senators Vinehout, Olsen, Schultz and Lassa.
To committee on Agriculture.
Assembly Bill 555
Relating to: the veterans tuition reimbursement program.
By Representatives Musser, Petrowski, Bies, Hubler, Turner, Owens, Sinicki, A. Ott, Sheridan, M. Williams, Pocan, Hahn, Gunderson, Zepnick, Nass and Albers; cosponsored by Senators Sullivan, Leibham, Lassa, Roessler, Coggs, Schultz and Vinehout.
To committee on Veterans and Military Affairs .
Assembly Bill 556
Relating to: the reporting of child abuse or neglect exemption for privileged information.
By Representatives Strachota, Hines, Boyle, Parisi, Berceau, Zepnick, Grigsby, Sheridan, Pope-Roberts, Musser, Ballweg and Hraychuck; cosponsored by Senators Erpenbach, Vinehout, Lassa, Harsdorf, Darling, Roessler and Olsen.
To committee on Public Health .
Assembly Bill 557
Relating to: increasing the amount of the early stage seed and angel investment credits.
By Representatives Strachota, Jeskewitz, Fields, Kerkman, Gunderson, LeMahieu, Shilling, Van Roy, Sheridan, Tauchen, Smith, Pridemore, Vos, Zipperer and Albers; cosponsored by Senators Kanavas, Darling, Kedzie, Roessler, Sullivan, Olsen, Leibham and Kapanke.
To committee on Jobs and The Economy .
Assembly Bill 558
Relating to: child safety restraint systems and safety belt use requirements in motor vehicles.
By Representatives Pridemore, Roth, Vukmir, LeMahieu, Hahn and Newcomer; cosponsored by Senators Lazich, Grothman and A. Lasee.
To committee on Transportation .
Assembly Bill 559