Friday, December 5, 2008
Ninety-Eighth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Reference Bureau
December 5 , 2008
To the Honorable, the Legislature:
The following rules have been published in the November 30, 2008 Wisconsin Administrative Register No. 635:
Clearinghouse Rules   Effective Date(s)
07-029     12-1-2008
07-036     12-1-2008
07-094     12-1-2008
07-107   (part)   12-1-2008
  (part)   7-1-2009
07-110     12-1-2008
07-116     12-1-2008
08-010   (part)   12-1-2008
  (part)   4-1-2009
08-018     12-1-2008
08-021     12-1-2008
08-024     12-1-2008
08-028     12-1-2008
08-039     12-1-2008
08-042     12-1-2008
08-049     12-1-2008
08-051     12-1-2008
08-058     12-1-2008
08-059     12-1-2008
08-072     12-1-2008
Senior Legislative Attorney/Code Editor
State of Wisconsin
Regional Transit Authority
November 15, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Over the last 26 months, the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority has diligently researched and analyzed transit needs and challenges in this region and discussed potential solutions to meet the transit needs of our residents, encourage economic development and make southeastern Wisconsin an attractive place to work, live and recreate.
On behalf of my fellow RTA commissioners, I'm pleased to tell you that we've made significant progress in working together as a region and have found that we are all ultimately striving for the same goal: a more vibrant, prosperous southeastern Wisconsin region. We believe the RTA's consensus on this report is an important indication that regionalism is taking hold, and that we are making decisions with the best interest of the region and state in mind.
We present to you today recommendations for dedicated funding, governance and operations of transit that we feel will lead to a more efficient, effective regional transit system that will progress beyond municipal boundaries and focus on connecting people to jobs and education within the region.
Based upon our community, business and labor outreach, public polling, and individual meetings with transit experts throughout the region, we firmly believe that transit is a top priority for southeastern Wisconsin. These constituencies support a dedicated funding source for transit for different reasons - access to jobs, economic development potential, its ability to attract and retain workers, improved access to education institutions and cultural amenities and we've listened to their feedback. We agree that transit is critically important to the economic health and vitality of this region, and that a dedicated sales tax is the only viable funding mechanism to preserve our current transit systems and implement new intercounty options. We respectfully ask for your support of our recommendations for all the same reasons.
Thank you for the opportunity to study transit and present you with our recommendations for ensuring the health and vibrancy of a regional transit system. We look forward to working with local governments and the current Legislative Council Committee to ensure that solving our transit challenges is a top priority in the region and we encourage you to join us in accomplishing this goal.
Karl j. ostby
State of Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources
November 17, 2008
The Honorable, The Legislature:
Pursuant to 20.0916(6), Wis. Stats., the Department of Natural Resources submits this Report to the Wisconsin Legislature: Properties Purchased with Funds from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program on which one or More Nature-Based Outdoor Activities Is Prohibited.
S907 This report covers the period October 27, 2007 (effective date of 2007-2009 Biennial Budget), through June 30, 2008. This is the first time submission of this report is required by Statues.
Additional copies of this report may be obtained from the DNR by calling 608-266-5782 or may be obtained from the DNR website at:
Mathew j. frank
Referred to joint committee on Finance.
Referred to committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
State of Wisconsin