Relating to: unfair labor practices in violation of collective bargaining rights.
By Senators Coggs, Hansen, Vinehout, Wirch, Lehman, Taylor, Lassa and Kreitlow; cosponsored by Representatives Pocan, Mason, Hixson, Roys, Turner, Jorgensen, Sinicki, Kessler, Berceau, Zepnick, Milroy, Soletski, Toles, Hilgenberg, Young, Van Akkeren, Molepske Jr., Parisi, Pope-Roberts, Grigsby, Hintz, Smith and Richards.
To committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs.
Senate Bill 524
Relating to: subpoenas and warrants requiring providers of electronic communications services or of remote computing services to provide customer information or disclose contents of wire or electronic communications.
By Senators Sullivan, Taylor and Darling; cosponsored by Representatives Pasch, Berceau, Townsend, Danou, Bies, Fields, Turner, Richards, Sinicki, Jorgensen and Kaufert.
To committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing.
Senate Bill 525
Relating to: prohibiting institutions of higher education from engaging in certain activity regarding student credit cards, requiring such institutions to provide financial literacy information to students, creating requirements for credit cards issued to underage customers, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
By Senators Vinehout, Lehman, Lassa, Taylor and Wirch; cosponsored by Representatives Smith, Hixson, Vruwink, Pasch, Pocan, Grigsby, Fields, Benedict, Richards, Turner, Sinicki, Young, Hebl, Berceau and A. Williams.
To committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions.
Senate Bill 526
Relating to: authorizing the village of Stockholm to become a premier resort area.
By Senators Vinehout and Holperin; cosponsored by Representative Danou .
To committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources.
Senate Bill 527
Relating to: the agricultural producer security program, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
By Senators Vinehout, Miller, Taylor and Harsdorf; cosponsored by Representatives Vruwink, Jorgensen, Garthwaite, Smith, Hraychuck, Danou, Tauchen, Ripp, Dexter, Molepske Jr. and A. Ott.
To committee on Agriculture and Higher Education.
Senate Bill 528
Relating to: methods of voting by members of a cooperative.
By Senators Taylor, Kreitlow and Lassa; cosponsored by Representatives Hraychuck, Steinbrink, Jorgensen, Petersen, A. Ott, Turner and Smith.
To committee on Rural Issues, Biofuels, and Information Technology.
Senate Bill 529
Relating to: uniform power of attorney for finances and property.
By Senators Risser, Taylor and Lehman; cosponsored by Representatives Cullen, Molepske Jr., Turner, Berceau, Vos, Zepnick, Smith and Roys.
To committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing.
Senate Bill 530
Relating to: regulating consumer small loans, limiting the areas in which a payday lender may operate, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
By Senators Sullivan, Hansen, Miller, Lehman and Robson; cosponsored by Representative Fields .
To committee on Veterans and Military Affairs, Biotechnology, and Financial Institutions.
Senate Bill 531
Relating to: annual or consecutive month permits for vehicles or combinations of vehicles transporting loads near the Wisconsin-Michigan border.
By Senator Jauch ; cosponsored by Representative Sherman .
To committee on Transportation, Tourism, Forestry, and Natural Resources.
Report of Committees
The committee on Judiciary, Corrections, Insurance, Campaign Finance Reform, and Housing reports and recommends:
Senate Bill 475
Relating to: reimbursement of counties and Indian tribes for unexpected or unusually high-cost out-of-home care placements of Indian juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent by tribal courts and making an appropriation.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Taylor, Sullivan, Erpenbach, Grothman and Hopper.
Noes, 0 - None.
Lena Taylor
Petitions and Communications
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Secretary of State
February 9 , 2010
The Honorable, the Legislature:
Bill Number Act Number Publication Date
Senate Bill 184Act 106 February 18 , 2010
Senate Bill 290Act 111 February 18 , 2010
Senate Bill 440Act 112 February 18 , 2010
Secretary of State
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
February 9, 2010
The Honorable, The Legislature:
S549 As required by 2007 Wisconsin Act 222, we have completed an evaluation of virtual charter schools. Pupils enrolled in these nonsectarian public schools typically attend from their homes and take a majority of their classes online. In the 2007-08 school year, 15 virtual charter schools enrolled 2,951 full-time pupils. We found that 7.6 percent of pupils attended virtual schools that were chartered by their school district of residence, while 91.1 percent attended through open enrollment, which requires payment from the district of residence (the "sending district") to the district chartering the virtual school (the "receiving district").
Virtual charter schools spent an estimated $17.8 million in the 2007-08 school year. They were funded by a mix of federal charter school grants; fees; general district revenue, including property tax revenue; and $14.2 million in state aid, which represented 79.0 percent of their total revenue. The availability of state aid affects both sending and receiving districts, and receiving districts have a financial incentive to attract additional virtual charter school pupils through open enrollment. We found that in the 2007-08 school year, 8 of the 15 virtual charter schools' per pupil expenditures were less than the $6,007 payment per full-time open enrollment pupil.
2007 Wisconsin Act 222 established a virtual charter school open enrollment limit of 5,250. This limit will likely be reached within the next few years, which will prompt continued legislative debate. We make a number of recommendations for the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to provide information that can inform this debate and enhance compliance with program rules.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by DPI; the teachers, high school pupils, and parents and guardians who spoke with us and responded to our surveys; and the virtual charter school administrators who responded to our requests for information. A response from DPI follows the appendices.
janice mueller
State Auditor
State of Wisconsin
Government Accountability Board
February 9, 2010
The Honorable, The Senate:
The following lobbyists have been authorized to act on behalf of the organizations set opposite their names.
For more detailed information about these lobbyists and organizations and a complete list of organizations and people authorized to lobby the 2009-2010 session of the legislature, visit the Government Accountability Board's web site at:
Cook, Andrew Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
Engel, Andrew Association of Wisconsin Surgery Centers, Inc.
Herkert, Toni Wisconsin Association of Lakes Inc
Klasen, Michael AT&T Wisconsin
Poehnelt, Robert Wisconsin Crop Production Association
Schreiber, Martin Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA)
VanderSanden, Scott AT&T Wisconsin
Walsh, Kenneth Southeastern Regional Transit Authority (SERTA)
Also available from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board are reports identifying the amount and value of time state agencies have spent to affect legislative action and reports of expenditures for lobbying activities filed by organizations that employ lobbyists.
kevin kennedy
Director and General Counsel
State of Wisconsin
Department of Corrections
February 2, 2010
The Honorable, The Legislature:
The following information is provided for you consideration and review pursuant to 301.03(6m), Wisconsin Statutes. The figures below pertain to calendar year 2009.
There were ninety-two Chapter 51 mental health commitments within the Department of Corrections. Of these, forty-six were initial commitments and forty-six were extensions of commitments from previous years.
Eighty-two of the ninety-two commitments were obtained at the Wisconsin Resource Center (male inmates). Of these, forty-one were initial commitments and forty-one were renewals of commitments from previous years.
Ten of the ninety-two commitments were obtained at Taycheedah Correctional Institution (female inmates). Of these, five were initial commitments and five were recommitments from previous years.
After a Chapter 51 commitment, male inmates returned to the Wisconsin Resource Center (WRC) for further treatment. Average length of stay for WRC inmates was 428 days. Three male inmates were transferred from WRC to Mendota Mental Health Institute on an involuntary basis.