Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Ninety-Eighth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
INTRODUCTION, First Reading, and
reference of Proposals; reference of appointments
Read first time and referred:
Senate Joint Resolution 5
relating to: prohibiting partial vetoes from creating new sentences (second consideration).
By Senators Carpenter, Harsdorf, Lehman, S. Fitzgerald, Darling, Grothman, Olsen, A. Lasee, Schultz, Leibham, Kedzie, Cowles, Roessler, Kapanke, Lazich, Kanavas and Ellis; cosponsored by Representatives Friske, Stone, Albers, Pridemore, Kerkman, Gundrum, Lothian, Ballweg, Strachota, Musser, Bies, Tauchen, J. Fitzgerald, Townsend, Vos, Gunderson, Nerison, Gottlieb, Kestell, Montgomery, Suder, Hahn, Jeskewitz, Moulton, Van Roy, Kleefisch, Mursau, Rhoades, Kramer, F. Lasee, Honadel, Wood, Ziegelbauer, Owens, Nass, Murtha, Nygren, Petersen, M. Williams, Meyer, Ott, Vukmir, Hines and LeMahieu.
Read and referred to committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations.
Senate Bill 6
relating to: extension of the right to vote to certain 17-year-old persons and providing for a referendum.
By Senators Risser, Coggs, Lehman, Kreitlow and Vinehout; cosponsored by Representatives Musser, Pocan, Young, Berceau, Black, Zepnick, Schneider, Molepske, Sheridan, A. Williams and Parisi.
Read first time and referred to committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs.
Senate Bill 7
relating to: revisions in terminology that affect mobile homes, manufactured homes, modular homes, manufactured buildings, recreational vehicles, and mobile and manufactured home communities, and changes that apply to monthly fees collected by certain local governmental units.
By Senators Lassa, Roessler, Breske, Plale, Wirch, Grothman, Schultz, Olsen and Leibham; cosponsored by Representatives Townsend, Vruwink, Nass, Hines, Hahn, Kerkman, Wood, Suder, Molepske, Montgomery, Seidel, Petrowski, Davis, Bies, M. Williams, Vos, Hebl, Hraychuck, Kleefisch and Gunderson.
Read first time and referred to committee on Economic Development, Job Creation, Family Prosperity and Housing.
Petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
January 12, 2007
The Honorable, The Legislature:
This biennial report, which is required under s. 13.94(1)(j), Wis. Stats., summarizes the Legislative Audit Bureau's statutory responsibilities and highlights significant accomplishments from January 1, 2005 through December 31, 2006.
In the 2005-06 biennium, we produced more than 80 independent audits, evaluations, reviews, opinions, and certifications. This work helps to assure the Legislature and the public that financial transactions and management decisions have been made effectively, efficiently, and in compliance with the law and that the policies and practices of state agencies are consistent with legislative intent. It frequently includes recommendations to improve government programs and services, maximize federal reimbursements, and ensure that public funds are wisely spent and appropriately accounted for.
We are proud to deliver accurate and useful information that enhances accountability and assists the Legislature in its oversight of executive branch agencies. We look forward to serving the Legislature, the Governor, and the people of Wisconsin in the coming years.
Respectfully submitted,
Janice Mueller
State Auditor
State of Wisconsin
Department of Health and Family Services
January 16, 2007
The Honorable, The Senate:
In 1997 Act 27, the 97-99 Biennial Budget, the Legislature established requirements in state law intended to strengthen protections for children and vulnerable adults in organized care settings. The provisions require, among other things, that designated caregivers conduct background checks on all new and existing staff and bar them from employing anyone who has committed certain crimes or acts. DHFS and (for certain child care providers) counties and local school boards must perform checks on a provider before issuing a license or other credential. Individuals who have committed prohibited crimes or acts may apply to the Department, counties, or school boards for a waiver of the employment or licensing bans upon evidence of rehabilitation.
S39 Sections 48.685(5g) and 50.065(5g) of the Wisconsin Statutes direct the Department to submit an annual report to the legislature that specifies the number of persons who have sought waivers of employment or licensing bans by requesting to demonstrate that they have been rehabilitated. The report must also specify the number of requests that were approved and the reasons for the success or failure of the requests. Attached is the report for 2006.
Questions about this report should be referred to Diane Welsh, Chief Legal Counsel, at 608-266-1404.
Thank you for distributing this report to members of the Assembly.
Kevin R. Hayden
State of Wisconsin
Ethics Board
January 16, 2007
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 2007-2008 session of the legislature, visit the Ethics Board's web site at   http://ethics.state.wi.us/
Bentley, Marc S     Wisconsin Engine Manufacturer &     Distributor Alliance (WEMDA)
Boxer, Barbara K     PDM Bridge, LLC
Boycks, Brad     Wisconsin Builders Association
Boyer, Amy     Wisconsin Association of           Convention & Visitors Bureaus
Broehm, John     Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage     District
Brooks, Bryan     Professional Ambulance           Association of Wisconsin, Inc.
Brooks, Bryan     Wisconsin Builders Association
Brown, David     New York Life Investment         Management LLC
Broydrick, William   Aurora Health Care Inc
Broydrick, William   Blood Center of Wisconsin, Inc.
Broydrick, William   Electronic Data Systems           Corporation (EDS)
Broydrick, William   Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage     District