Tuesday, January 17, 2012
11:04 A.M.
One-Hundredth Regular Session
Senate Journal
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by Senate President Pro Tempore Leibham.
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, S. Coggs, Cowles, T. Cullen, Darling, Ellis, Erpenbach, S. Fitzgerald, Galloway, Grothman, Hansen, Harsdorf, Holperin, Jauch, Kedzie, King, C. Larson, Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, Leibham, Miller, Moulton, Olsen, Risser, Schultz, Shilling, Taylor, Vinehout, Vukmir, Wanggaard and Zipperer - 32.
Absent - None.
Absent with leave - Senator Wirch - 1.
The Senate stood for the prayer which was offered by Pastor Ron Ross of Green Bay, whose son, United States Army Corporal Justin David Ross, was honored by the Senate today.
"Lord God Almighty, we stand before you today, having been born out of your foreknowledge; with a purpose for our lives. May we accept your gift of faith as we live our lives with humility and yet hope that good will over come evil.
Further, we have been entrusted with the task of carrying out your will, yet having been commissioned by the people who have sent us to this hollowed hall. For many have offered petition to you in this room since 1917, I ask that the accumulated prayers of the spiritual benefactors of this State of Wisconsin will pile up to launch these combined branches of our Wisconsin State government, with Governor Walker into bringing their overlapping passions to the table with unity in such a way that they are being public servants and yet servants of the most high God!
Quoting Psalm 35:
"Make us to know your ways, O LORD; teach us your paths.
Lead us in your truth and teach us; for you are the God of our salvation; for you We will wait all the day long."
As prayed by Rev. Duche' of the first Continental Congress in 1774:
"Be Thou present, O God of Wisdom, and direct the counsel of this Honorable Assembly; enable them to settle all things on the best and surest foundation; that the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony, and peace may be effectually restored, and that truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish among the people."
We ask you God to preserve the delegates' health and vigor of mind, and to grant them "temporal blessings" and "everlasting glory in the world to come."
Lord, you are aware of the families here this day joining these Senators in an attempt to thank us for the lives of our our children. Help us Lord to be able to sincerely accept the words of your servant Abraham Lincoln, when he said following our civil war:
"The solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom."
May we be able to eventually see the sacrifices we've made as a way to identify with you in your suffering, and to propagate the freedom we've experienced; into the future generations.
All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Thy Son and our Saviour, Amen."
The Senate remained standing and Senator Moulton led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Leaves of Absence
Senator Miller, with unanimous consent, asked that Senator Wirch be granted a leave of absence for today's session.
Senator Miller, with unanimous consent, asked that Senator Coggs be granted a leave of absence for part of today's session.
Chief Clerk's Entries
Amendments Offered
Senate substitute amendment 1 to Senate Bill 260 offered by Senator Harsdorf.
Senate amendment 2 to Senate Bill 261 offered by Senator Harsdorf.
Senate amendment 1 to Senate Bill 368 offered by Senator Kedzie.
The Chief Clerk makes the following entries dated Friday, January 13 , 2012.
Amendments Offered
Senate amendment 2 to Senate Bill 338 offered by Senator Galloway.
Senate amendment 1 to Senate Bill 357 offered by Senator Moulton.
S652 Petitions and Communications
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Carpenter added as a coauthor of Senate Bill 352 .
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Galloway added as a coauthor of Senate Bill 376 .
Introduction, First Reading, and
Reference of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Senate Bill 379
Relating to: purchasing or leasing a motor vehicle after a violation relating to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated and providing a penalty.
By Senators Kedzie, C. Larson and Hansen; cosponsored by Representatives Nass, Thiesfeldt, Staskunas, Craig, Endsley and Marklein.
To committee on Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce, and Government Operations.
Senate Bill 380
Relating to: removing cap on enrollment of Family Care and other long-term care programs.
By Senators Moulton, Vukmir, Carpenter, Harsdorf, Erpenbach, Jauch, Wanggaard, Risser and C. Larson; cosponsored by Representatives Kaufert, Kestell, Van Roy, Brooks, Doyle, A. Ott, Ziegelbauer, Bernier, Richards, Steinbrink, Ripp, Tranel, Molepske Jr, Grigsby, Stone, Endsley, Wynn, Fields, Staskunas, Jorgensen, Pasch, Sinicki, Petryk, Danou and Spanbauer.
To committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue.
Senate Bill 381
Relating to: county and municipal canvassing procedures, provisional ballot information, the deadline for filing a recount petition, terms of town officers, the date of the annual town meeting, and technical revisions to certain election laws.
By Senator Lazich ; cosponsored by Representative Tauchen , by request of Government Accountability Board.
To committee on Transportation and Elections.