Noes, 1 - Senator Lazich.
Lena Taylor
The committee on Transportation and Tourism reports and recommends:
Senate Bill 181
Relating to: prohibiting an insurer from requiring a certain vendor for repairing a motor vehicle, requiring adjusters to inspect motor vehicle damage, and insurance payments for motor vehicle repair costs.
Introduction of Senate Substitute Amendment 3.
Ayes, 4 - Senators Plale, Kapanke, Schultz and Leibham.
Noes, 3 - Senators Breske, Erpenbach and Hansen.
Adoption of Senate Substitute Amendment 3.
Ayes, 4 - Senators Plale, Kapanke, Schultz and Leibham.
Noes, 3 - Senators Breske, Erpenbach and Hansen.
Passage as amended.
Ayes, 7 - Senators Breske, Plale, Erpenbach, Hansen, Kapanke, Schultz and Leibham.
Noes, 0 - None.
Roger Breske
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Department of Administration
January 18, 2008
The Honorable, Legislature:
Please find enclosed the Service Award Program 2007 Annual Report. The Service Award Board developed the report with support from Department of Administration staff. The report provides an overview of the program and outlines the accomplishments for the program year.
Wisconsin State Statute 16.25(6) requires the Department to submit the report to the Chief Clerk of each house annually describing the activities of the board.
If you have any questions regarding the report, please contact Terri Lenz at the Department of Administration, Division of Enterprise Operations, at (608) 261-6580.
james m. langdon
S536 State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
January 22, 2008
The Honorable, Legislature:
I write in response to questions raised by several legislators concerning the content and timing of our statutorily required analysis of the standardized test score data received from the School Choice Demonstration Project. Section 119.23 (7)(e) 2, Wis. Stats., requires the Bureau to report to the Legislature, in 2007 and annually thereafter until 2011, on the results of the standardized tests administered to pupils participating in the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program and those who attend Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). As you are aware, our first report to the Legislature will be delayed because we did not receive the baseline test score data from the Project until December 28, 2007.
We have completed a preliminary examination of the baseline test score data, which contain the results of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examination tests that were administered during the 2006-07 school year to a sample of 2,727 pupils who attended schools participating in the Choice program, a sample of 2,727 MPS pupils who were selected based on their similarity to the sample of Choice pupils, and a random sample of 2,727 MPS pupils. Demographic and other information was also provided for these pupils.
With the data given to us, we anticipate that we can provide the Legislature with a report that analyzes the average baseline test score data, for reading and mathematics at each grade level, for each of the three groups of pupils and determine whether any differences in average test scores are statistically significant. We also anticipate providing summary demographic information for the three groups. However, because the test score data do not identify individual pupils or the schools where they were enrolled, we will be unable to report on the average test scores of pupils at individual Choice schools or determine whether pupils at some Choice schools scored significantly differently than those at other schools.
We will begin analyzing the test score data in earnest in the weeks ahead and anticipate releasing our first report to the Legislature later in 2008.
We appreciate the cooperation of the School Choice Demonstration Project in providing us with the baseline test score data and explaining its research methodology. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Janice Mueller
State Auditor
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Hansen added as a cosponsor of Assembly Bill 442 .
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Grothman added as a coauthor of Senate Bill 337 .
Referrals and Receipt of Committee Reports Concerning Proposed Administrative Rules
The committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs reports and recommends:
Relating to the status of a nonannuitant Wisconsin retirement system participant at death, for purposes of determining the applicable death benefit.
No action taken.
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 173
Assembly Bill 262
Assembly Bill 265
Assembly Bill 340
Assembly Bill 363
Assembly Bill 411
Assembly Bill 423
Assembly Bill 501
Assembly Bill 539
Assembly Bill 542
Assembly Bill 557
Assembly Bill 564
Assembly Bill 598
Assembly Bill 646
Concurred in:
Senate Bill 116
Senate Bill 264
Senate Joint Resolution 4
Chief Clerk Marchant, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn until Tuesday, January 29, 2008.
2:36 P.M.