Referred on May 18, 2011 .
Relating to foster care.
Report received from Agency, May 16, 2011.
To committee on Children and Families .
Referred on May 18, 2011 .
Relating to commercial fishing in outlying waters.
Report received from Agency, May 9, 2011.
To committee on Natural Resources .
Referred on May 18, 2011 .
Relating to continuing education for chiropractors, chiropractic technicians, and chiropractic radiological technicians.
Report received from Agency, May 5, 2011.
To committee on Health.
Referred on May 18, 2011 .
Introduction and Reference
of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Assembly Bill 145
Relating to: authorizing the Public Service Commission to approve temporary electric rates to promote economic development.
By Representatives Klenke, Nygren, Bernier, Petryk and Loudenbeck; cosponsored by Senators Hopper, Galloway and Leibham.
To committee on Energy and Utilities .
Assembly Bill 146
Relating to: use of renewable resource credits to comply with renewable portfolio standards.
By Representatives Severson, Honadel, Petryk, Klenke, T. Larson, Bernier, Brooks, Jacque, Kapenga, Knudson, Kooyenga, Krug, LeMahieu, Litjens, Rivard and Spanbauer; cosponsored by Senators Cowles, Moulton and Wanggaard.
A345 To committee on Energy and Utilities .
Enrolled Bills and Joint Resolutions
The following Assembly proposals, which have been approved by both the Assembly and Senate, have been enrolled by the Legislative Reference Bureau:
Assembly Bill 7
Assembly Bill 23
Assembly Joint Resolution 3
Assembly Joint Resolution 14
Assembly Joint Resolution 20
Assembly Joint Resolution 23
Assembly Joint Resolution 29
Assembly Joint Resolution 35
Assembly Joint Resolution 38
Assembly Joint Resolution 40
Patrick E. Fuller
Assembly Chief Clerk
Reference Bureau Corrections
Assembly Bill 126
1. Page 28, line 1: delete "identification card" and substitute "license document".
2. Page 28, line 5: on lines 5, 8, and 9, delete "identification cards" and substitute "license documents".
Chief Clerk Reports
The Chief Clerk records:
Assembly Bill 23
Presented to the Governor on Friday, May 20.
Patrick E. Fuller
Assembly Chief Clerk
Referral of Agency Reports
State of Wisconsin
Department of Health Services
May 16, 2011
To the Honorable, the Legislature:
Pursuant to Wis. Stats., s. 50.04 (5)(fr), I am submitting the Department of Health Services' annual report to the Legislature related to Class A violations committed by nursing homes, and forfeitures assessed on nursing homes for those violations. As defined by Wis. Stats., s. 50.04 (3b), a Class A violation is ". . . a violation of this subchapter or of the rules promulgated thereunder which creates a condition or occurrence relating to the operation and maintenance of a nursing home presenting a substantial probability that death or serious mental or physical harm to a resident will result..."
The Department issued 19 Class A violations in calendar year 2010. The enclosed report provides details on all Class A violations, including the original forfeiture amount assessed and the status of payment.
Dennis G. Smith
Referred to committee on Aging and Long-Term Care.
Agency Reports
State of Wisconsin
Legislative Audit Bureau
May 19, 2011
To the Honorable, the Assembly:
We have completed the third in a series of analyses of the overtime costs of state agencies, which for the first time also includes the University of Wisconsin System. Our analysis focuses on premium overtime, which is typically earned by employees who staff facilities with 24-hour operations or address emergency needs. Premium overtime is typically paid at 1.5 times the employee's hourly rate for hours in excess of 40 per week.
From 2006 to 2010, state agencies paid a total of $297.5 million in premium overtime. After declining in 2009, premium overtime payments increased 2.5 percent in 2010. The Department of Corrections (DOC) and the Department of Health Services (DHS) continue to account for the largest share of overtime costs. Both agencies' overtime payments increased from 2009 to 2010, although they declined over the five-year period we reviewed.
DOC and DHS have increasingly used surplus positions to control overtime costs and address staffing needs. Surplus positions are intended to be temporary, and statutes authorize their use when "necessary to maintain adequate staffing levels for high turnover classifications, in anticipation of attrition, to fill positions for which recruitment is difficult." However, we are concerned that the increased use of surplus positions for purposes or periods that may not have been intended by the Legislature has had the effect of circumventing statutory controls on position authority, and that existing reporting mechanisms may not provide sufficient information for the exercise of legislative oversight.
We appreciate the courtesy and cooperation extended to us by staff of the Office of State Employment Relations, the Department of Administration, DOC, DHS, University of Wisconsin System Administration, and other agencies reviewed.
Janice Mueller
State Auditor