Tuesday, January 30, 2007
1:00 P.M.
Ninety-Eighth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by President Risser.
Call of Roll
The roll was called and the following Senators answered to their names:
Senators Breske, Carpenter, Coggs, Cowles, Darling, Decker, Ellis, Erpenbach, S. Fitzgerald, Grothman, Hansen, Harsdorf, Jauch, Kanavas, Kapanke, Kedzie, Kreitlow, A. Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, Lehman, Leibham, Miller, Olsen, Plale, Risser, Robson, Roessler, Schultz, Sullivan, Taylor, Vinehout and Wirch - 33.
Absent - None.
Absent with leave - None.
The Senate stood for a moment of silent meditation.
The Senate remained standing and Senator Hansen led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Leave of Absence
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that Senator Leibham be granted a temporary leave of absence for today's session.
INTRODUCTION, First Reading, and
reference of Proposals; reference of appointments
Read and referred:
Senate Joint Resolution 7
Relating to: the life and public service of Jerris Leonard.
By Senators Darling, Cowles, Ellis, Grothman, Kanavas, A. Lasee, Schultz and Risser; cosponsored by Representatives J. Ott, Ballweg, Berceau, Gundrum, Hahn, Jeskewitz, Kerkman, Kessler, Nerison, A. Ott, Schneider, Sherman, Townsend, Ziegelbauer and Gunderson.
To committee on Senate Organization.
Read first time and referred:
Senate Bill 18
Relating to: creating a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for certain amounts relating to health savings accounts that may be deducted from, or are exempt from, federal income taxes.
By Senators Darling, Harsdorf, Grothman, Leibham, Lazich, Kanavas, Olsen, Roessler, Kedzie, A. Lasee, Schultz and Kapanke; cosponsored by Representatives Kaufert, Moulton, Jeskewitz, Davis, Ziegelbauer, F. Lasee, J. Fitzgerald, Petrowski, Suder, Kestell, Gundrum, Ballweg, Kerkman, Montgomery, Hubler, Albers, Roth, Tauchen, Strachota, Wood, Lothian, Van Roy, Vos, Hines, A. Ott, Meyer, Petersen, Hahn, Townsend, Friske, Murtha, Owens, Nass, Rhoades, J. Ott, Kleefisch, LeMahieu, Bies, Zipperer, Stone, Gunderson, M. Williams, Nerison, Nygren, Kramer and Musser.
To committee on Health and Human Services.
Senate Bill 19
Relating to: creditable military service under the Wisconsin Retirement System.
By Senators Jauch, Leibham, Hansen, Harsdorf, Erpenbach, Roessler, Sullivan, Lassa, Breske, Coggs, Plale, Kreitlow, Kapanke and Risser; cosponsored by Representatives Musser, Hubler, Petrowski, Schneider, Wood, Hahn, Suder, Boyle, Kerkman, Gronemus, LeMahieu, Bies, Friske, Hebl, Fields, Hines, Gundrum, Albers, Kaufert, Nerison, Gunderson, A. Ott, Nelson, M. Williams, Hraychuck and Hintz.
To joint survey committee on Retirement Systems.
petitions and communications
State of Wisconsin
Joint Committee on Legislative Organization
January 26, 2007
The Honorable, the Legislature:
Thank you for your letter of January 26 regarding the scheduling of your budget address. We are pleased to inform you that Senate Joint Resolution 1 extends the statutory deadline to that date.
We look forward to receiving your budget message at a joint session, held February 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
President Fred A. Risser
Speaker Michael Huebsch
State of Wisconsin
Office of State Employment Relations
January 2007
The Honorable, the Legislature:
Pursuant to s. 230.04 (9)(em), Wis. Stats., I am pleased to submit the 2006 Veterans Employment Report. The report summarizes veteran new hires and on-board statistics for the time period from July 1, 2005, to June 30, 2006, and includes information for each state agency and each institution of the University of Wisconsin System.
S57 Veterans comprise an important segment of the Wisconsin workforce in both the private and public sectors. State government - and any other employer - can benefit greatly by recruiting and retaining our nation's trained and motivated veterans.
Karen E. Timberlake
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Kedzie added as a coauthor of Senate Joint Resolution 7.