One-Hundred and Second Regular Session
12:02 A.M. WEDNESDAY, October 21, 2015
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by Senate President Lazich.
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that the roll call, prayer and pledge from Tuesday, October 20, 2015 be applied to today’s session.
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 Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Darling, Erpenbach, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Hansen, Harris Dodd, Harsdorf, Kapenga, C. Larson, Lasee, Lassa, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Shilling, Stroebel, L. Taylor, Tiffany, Vinehout, Vukmir, Wanggaard and Wirch - 32.
Absent with leave - Senator Roth - 1.
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (6), the Chief Clerk makes the following entries under the above date.
Chief Clerk's Entries
hist42119Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 196 offered by Senator Vukmir. hist42144Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 294 offered by Senator Vukmir. hist42145Senate Amendment 2 to Senate Bill 294 offered by Senator Vukmir. hist42143Senate Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 306 offered by Senator Stroebel.
Introduction, First Reading, and Reference of Proposals
Read first time and referred:
Relating to: publication of certain proposed rules and changes to existing rules.
By Senators Wanggaard and L. Taylor; cosponsored by Representative Vorpagel.
hist42146To committee on Judiciary and Public Safety.
Messages from the Assembly
By Patrick E. Fuller, chief clerk.
I am directed to inform you that the Assembly has adopted and asks concurrence in:
Passed and asks concurrence in:
Third reading of joint resolutions and bills
Senate Bill 43
Relating to: John Doe proceedings and providing a penalty.
Leaves of Absence
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that Senator Roth be granted a leave of absence for today's session.
hist42110The question was: Passage of Senate Bill 43?
The ayes and noes were demanded and the vote was: ayes, 18; noes, 14; absent or not voting, 1; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Cowles, Darling, S. Fitzgerald, Gudex, Harsdorf, Kapenga, Lasee, Lazich, LeMahieu, Marklein, Moulton, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Stroebel, Tiffany, Vukmir and Wanggaard - 18.
Noes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Erpenbach, Hansen, Harris Dodd, C. Larson, Lassa, Miller, Ringhand, Risser, Shilling, L. Taylor, Vinehout and Wirch - 14.
Absent or not voting - Senator Roth - 1.
Senator Fitzgerald, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
Announcements, Adjournment Honors, and Remarks Under
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Enrique Camarena, a drug enforcement agent who was killed in 1985 by drug traffickers in Mexico. In response to his death, angered parents across the country began wearing red ribbons to symbolize their commitment to being healthy and drug free. In 1988, the National Family Partnership sponsored the first National Red Ribbon Week. The red ribbon began as a symbol of hope for people taking a stand against illegal drugs, and today it still stands as a symbol of Enrique’s belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs. In order to rebrand the commitment to drug free schools, Greater Kenosha Community Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Awareness Committee held a slogan contest. “Being Drug Free…Oh the Possibilities!”
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Carson Doty, a Randall Consolidated School student at the time who now attends Wilmot High School, who submitted the county-wide award winning entry.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Randall Consolidated School, who held the Red Ribbon Week Opening Ceremony on Monday.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Julia Keeran, a 5th grader at Fratt Elementary School and also the Senator’s grand-niece. She ran for treasurer and was elected with what he’s sure was an overwhelming majority. Fine job Julia.
Senator Wanggaard, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Lt. Scott Schumacher, who is posthumously being awarded the Hometown Hero Award in the Assembly today. Lt. Schumacher’s death earlier this year was from cancer due to carcinogen exposure during execution of emergency duties while on incidents with the Kenosha Fire Department. During his 16 years of service, Schumacher executed multiple rescues and received several commendations for lifesaving and heroism.
Senator Darling, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor and memory of U.S. Air Force Senior Airman, Quinn Johnson-Harris. Johnson-Harris lost his life on October 2nd when the cargo plane he was aboard crashed just after takeoff in Afghanistan. During this difficult time, Senator Darling asks that we keep our thoughts and prayers with his family and friends. A visitation will be held for Johnson-Harris on Saturday, October 24th from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at Christian Faith Fellowship on Good Hope Road in Milwaukee.
Senator Lassa, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in memory of Rosemary “Ro” Niespodziani. Rosemary passed away September 18, 2015 in Stevens Point, WI. She was 64 years old. Rosemary worked for the Wisconsin Senate for 28 years as Deputy Sergeant at Arms. Ro will be deeply missed by her loving family, brothers: James & Ellyn, Thomas & Marlene, Edward & Kathryn, John & Robin, and her sisters Bernadette “Bernie”, and Margaret “Marge” & Kurt, very special friend Larry Peters, and her many dear friends. Rosemary was a very loving Aunt to her nieces and nephews, who were her world. Rosemary was so very proud of her family and relished time spent together. Rosemary had a passion for travel and did so with her family and friends through the years. Rosemary touched so many lives along her journey in every aspect of life.
Senator Wirch, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Edna Highland, who just passed away. She was county clerk for many years in Kenosha. Edna loved public service and volunteering, which she did up until a month before she passed. She will be missed.
Senator Bewley, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of Bishop Raphael Fliss, who died on September 21. Bishop Fliss was the longest serving bishop of the Diocese of Superior. Born in Milwaukee on Oct. 25, 1930, ordained in 1956, Bishop Fliss went on to earn a doctorate in cannon law from the Lateran University in Rome in 1962. He then returned to Milwaukee where his assignments included assistant pastor for several parishes. In 1979 Pope John Paul II named Bishop Fliss coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Superior. In 1985 he began the ninth bishop of the diocese. He retired in 2007 upon reaching the mandatory age limit. During his nearly 26 years as Bishop he guided the Diocese through many changes. He will be remembered as brilliant, humble and compassionate.
Senator Harris Dodd, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of her 1 year old son, who celebrated his birthday on October 12.
Senator Stroebel, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the Village of Saukville’s Centennial Celebration.
Senator Tiffany, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of two area county board members who recently passed: Daniel “Hank” Caylor and Rocco “Rocky” Cafferella. Hank passed away on Sunday, October 18 and had served on the Lincoln County Board since 2000. Hank was also active in the local AMVETS, Duck Unlimited, Knights of Columbus, and the Merrill Historical Society. Rocky passed away on Thursday, October 15 and had served on the Vilas County Board. He was very active in the snowmobile community and was President of the Vilas County Snowmobile Alliance. Both men were tremendous assets to their communities and will be greatly missed.
Senator Carpenter, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate adjourn in honor of the memory of Francis Kinnard, his constituent and friend, who attended over 25 of my Town Halls since he became a state senator. He was a man whose counsel I valued, and whose political insight I will miss. He is survived by his wife, Estelle, and their family.