Read and referred to committee on Health, Human Services, Insurance, and Job Creation.
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
January 16, 2008
The Honorable, The Senate:
I am pleased to nominate and with the advice and consent of the Senate, do appoint Neumann, Judith, of Madison, as chair of the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2013.
Read and referred to committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs.
Report of Committees
The committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs reports and recommends:
Assembly Bill 295
Relating to: public access to voter registration identification numbers.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Coggs, Wirch, Lehman, Grothman and A. Lasee.
Noes, 0 - None.
Spencer Coggs
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Department of Justice
January 15, 2008
The Honorable, Legislature:
Section 165.90 of the Wisconsin Statutes requires the Department of Justice to report on the performance of cooperative county-tribal law enforcement programs receiving aid under this section. This letter constitutes our report.
This marks the twentieth year that the Department has awarded grants for cooperative county-tribal law enforcement programs. The statutes require counties and tribes to develop joint program plans. The Department requires plans to include resolutions of support for the plan adopted by county boards and tribal governing bodies, to signify cooperation and mutual commitment.
S514 This program pays for a variety of law enforcement services to Native American communities across Wisconsin. Grants have been used for the costs of patrol, investigation, crime prevention, K-9 units, information technology, law enforcement training, alternatives to drug abuse and gang involvement, diversity training, cultural awareness education, family programs and emergency equipment. An increasing number of grants are awarded to programs that include tribal police departments, while most generally help pay for services provided by county sheriffs to Native American reservations and communities.
The amount appropriated for this program in State Fiscal Year 2008 was $708,400, an amount that has not been increased since 1995. Grant moneys come from Indian gaming receipts as appropriated in the biennial budget. For Calendar Year 2008, the Department issued 18 awards totaling $708,400.
The Department of Justice's County-Tribal Law Enforcement Grant Program continues to help local law enforcement provide needed services in Native American communities. In addition, this program, helps build a cooperative atmosphere and positive relationship between law enforcement and tribal governments and communities. I am pleased to share information regarding this important program with you.
Attorney General
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Toles added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 388 .
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Nass added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 388 .
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Kessler withdrawn as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 359.
Referrals and Receipt of Committee Reports Concerning Proposed Administrative Rules
The committee on Commerce, Utilities and Rail reports and recommends:
Relating to small business enforcement discretion, and affecting small businesses.
No action taken.
Relating to rules concerning electric safety-Revision of Volume 1 of the Wisconsin State Electrical Code.
No action taken.
Relating to revisions to rules as a result of 2003 Wisconsin Act 89.
No action taken.
Relating to the assessment of forfeitures for violating plumbing licensing requirements, the installation of tracer wire for locating non-metallic underground pipe, and affecting small businesses.
No action taken.
Relating to amusement rides and affecting small business.
No action taken.
Jeffrey Plale
The committee on Environment and Natural Resources reports and recommends:
Relating to laboratory certification and registration.
No action taken.
Mark Miller
Messages from the Assembly
By Patrick E. Fuller, chief clerk.
Mr. President:
I am directed to inform you that the Assembly has passed and asks concurrence in:
Assembly Bill 51
Assembly Bill 69
Assembly Bill 96
Assembly Bill 259
Assembly Bill 309
Assembly Bill 338
Assembly Bill 410
Assembly Bill 446
Assembly Bill 500
Assembly Bill 582
Assembly Bill 625
Concurred in:
Senate Bill 280
Senate Joint Resolution 5
Senate Joint Resolution 69