Thursday, April 15, 2010
11:00 A.M.
Ninety-Ninth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by President Risser.
Call of Roll
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 Father Gary Wegner from St. Lawrence Seminary, near Fond du Lac.
"Holy One,
You are the hidden and the manifest, the source of all-being and the bringer of peace.
In this springtime of the year, as the days grow longer and the nights vanish more quickly, we are grateful for the many blessings of the past and resolve to work for an even better future.
Today, we humbly ask you to enlighten any darkness in the hearts of those gathered here who have been entrusted with the grave responsibility of making the laws that govern us.
May they resist any temptation to act out of selfish interests.
May they seek the common good of the people of this beautiful state.
Give them the wisdom they need to discern what is right and true.
Give them the knowledge they need to enact laws which bring hope to the poor, the weak and the vulnerable.
Give them the understanding and goodwill they need to listen to one another in charity.
On this April day when we are most aware of our temporal obligations, may we not neglect the demands of the spirit.
As they go about the business of the people, may the members of this body commit themselves to listen to the better angels of their nature as they seek to do the will of the people.
God of life, our nation is at war.
Keep safe those who have answered the call to serve their country.
Hasten their return to home and family.
With great sadness, we graciously ask you to comfort the loved ones of those who answered the call of duty.
They made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation and in the cause of liberty and justice.
With a gratitude that can never equal their valor we recall the brave service of these fallen soldiers: Army Reserve Captain Russell Seager, Marine Lance Corporal Jacob Meinert, Wisconsin Army National Guard Sergeant Ryan Adams.
We pause now to commend them to you.
Bless them with final peace and endless joy.
In the name of all that is holy, we pray.
The Senate remained standing and Senator Taylor led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Chief Clerk's Entries
Amendments Offered
Senate substitute amendment 1 to Senate Bill 468 offered by Senator Lassa.
Report of Committees
The committee on Ethics Reform and Government Operations reports and recommends:
Senate Bill 616
Relating to: energy conservation standards for the construction of certain buildings, energy and environmental design standards for state buildings, structures, and facilities, energy and environmental design standards for school district facilities and other local government buildings, leasing of state buildings, structures, and facilities, standards for the construction and use of graywater systems, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
Adoption of Senate Amendment 1.
Ayes, 4 - Senators Risser, Robson, Kreitlow and Ellis.
Noes, 1 - Senator A. Lasee.
Passage as amended.
Ayes, 4 - Senators Risser, Robson, Kreitlow and Ellis.
Noes, 1 - Senator A. Lasee.
S717 Senate Bill 626
Relating to: modifications to platting requirements.
Adoption of Senate Amendment 1.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Risser, Robson, Kreitlow, Ellis and A. Lasee.
Noes, 0 - None.
Passage as amended.
Ayes, 5 - Senators Risser, Robson, Kreitlow, Ellis and A. Lasee.