Thursday, January 28, 2010
Ninety-Ninth Regular Session
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by President Risser.
The roll was called, disclosing the presence of a quorum.
Pursuant to Senate Rule 15
, the official attendance for session was:
Senators Carpenter, Coggs, Cowles, Darling, Decker, Ellis, Erpenbach, S. Fitzgerald, Grothman, Hansen, Harsdorf, Holperin, Hopper, Jauch, Kanavas, Kapanke, Kedzie, Kreitlow, A. Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, Lehman, Leibham, Miller, Olsen, Plale, Risser, Robson, Schultz, Sullivan, Taylor, Vinehout and Wirch - 33.
Absent - None.
Absent with leave - None.
The Senate stood for the prayer which was offered by Wendy Cooper, the Social Justice Coordinator at the First Unitarian Society in Madison.
"Let us pray together.
God, spirit of life and love, we are thankful for the many blessings of our lives even as we experience sorrow and sadness for the many in our state, and in the world who are suffering today. May we find a way to ease that suffering, and to bring mercy and justice to the world.
We are thankful for the women and men gathered in this room who have left behind private lives in order to work for the common good of us all. May wisdom and compassion guide them as they do their work today. Help them to remember that more binds us than separates us. Please, do not let their hearts be hardened, but soften them. Keep in their minds and hearts the people of this state whose families have lived here for generations, and those who have just arrived seeking a new life. Let them embrace their responsibility to all the people.
Many challenges face us - we are at war, and many young men and women are losing their lives; there is uncertainty in the lives of so many people and they are afraid. The earth itself feels the burden of our demands. We pray that these leaders will be filled with courage and conviction today. The cries of so many people reach their ears - may they hear them.
The poor are at our doorstep. The sick need our care. The hungry still suffer the gnawing pain of emptiness. Help us remember to care first for the most vulnerable. Fill this chamber with the spirit of compassion today and each day. May these leaders shoulder their responsibilities to the people of this state with dignity, hearing the call for justice, and mercy.
The Senate remained standing and Senator Miller led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Senate amendment 2 to Senate Bill 415 offered by Senator Hansen.
The committee on Public Health, Senior Issues, LongTerm Care, and Job Creation reports and recommends:-
of Wautoma, as a member of the Board on Aging and Long Term Care, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013.
Ayes, 5 - Senators
Carpenter, Coggs, Vinehout, Schultz and Kapanke.
Noes, 0 - None.
Senate Bill 191
Relating to: podiatrist-patient privilege, immunity exemption for podiatrists providing emergency care at athletic events, allowing podiatrists to determine an illness or injury and complete forms for the purpose of granting assistance to needy veterans, allowing podiatrists to determine disability for the purpose of issuing certain hunting permits, cooperatives organized to provide sickness care, the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, allowing podiatrists to certify driver school instructors' physical fitness, allowing Medical Assistance recipients to freely choose among podiatrists, and giving equal weight to certifications of disability by podiatrists for insurance purposes.
The question was: Shall Assembly amendment 1 to Senate Bill 191 be concurred in?
Senate Bill 146
Relating to: providing benefits and protections to tribal schools and tribal school pupils and staff similar to those provided to private schools and private school pupils and staff and making an appropriation.
Read a second time.
Ordered to a third reading.
Senator Decker, with unanimous consent, asked that the bill be considered for final action at this time.
Read a third time.
The ayes and noes were required and the vote was: ayes, 33; noes, 0; absent or not voting, 0; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Carpenter, Coggs, Cowles, Darling, Decker, Ellis, Erpenbach, S. Fitzgerald, Grothman, Hansen, Harsdorf, Holperin, Hopper, Jauch, Kanavas, Kapanke, Kedzie, Kreitlow, A. Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, Lehman, Leibham, Miller, Olsen, Plale, Risser, Robson, Schultz, Sullivan, Taylor, Vinehout and Wirch - 33.
Noes - None.
Absent or not voting - None.
Senate Bill 263
Relating to: criteria for determining indigency for purposes of representation by the State Public Defender and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.