Senate Journal
One-Hundred and Fourth Regular Session
1:20 P.M.   WEDNESDAY, February 13, 2019
The Senate met.
The Senate was called to order by Senate President Roth.
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 Bernier, Bewley, Carpenter, Cowles, Craig, Darling, Erpenbach, Feyen, Fitzgerald, Hansen, Jacque, Johnson, Kapenga, Kooyenga, Larson, LeMahieu, Marklein, Miller, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Ringhand, Risser, Roth, Schachtner, Shilling, Smith, Stroebel, L. Taylor, Testin, Tiffany, Wanggaard and Wirch - 33.
Absent with leave None - 0.
The Senate stood for a moment of silent meditation.
The Senate remained standing and Senator Johnson led the Senate in the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States of America.
Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (6), the Chief Clerk made the following entries under the above date.
Chief Clerk's Entries
Amendments Offered
hist97608Senate Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8 offered by Senators L. Taylor, Shilling, Erpenbach, Larson, Miller, Smith, Ringhand, Risser, Schachtner, Bewley, Hansen, Wirch and Johnson.
hist97607Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8 offered by Senators L. Taylor, Johnson, Shilling, Carpenter, Larson, Risser, Ringhand, Miller, Bewley, Wirch, Hansen, Smith, Schachtner and Erpenbach.
Petitions and Communications
hist97611Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Senator Cowles added as a cosponsor of Assembly Joint Resolution 3.
hist97614Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representatives Shankland and Macco added as cosponsors of Senate Bill 19.
Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading
Senate Joint Resolution 6
Relating to: recognizing March 1, 2019, as National Speech and Debate Education Day in Wisconsin.
hist97609The question was: Adoption of Senate Joint Resolution 6?
Assembly Joint Resolution 3
Relating to: proclaiming February 2019 to be American Heart Month in Wisconsin.
hist97610The question was: Concurrence of Assembly Joint Resolution 3?
Concurred in.
Assembly Joint Resolution 8
Relating to: proclaiming February 2019 as Black History Month.
Senator Roth, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate stand informal.
_1t3h5sfSenator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8 be read.
Senator Roth, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate stand informal.
hist97615The Chair noted a possible lack of a quorum.
The roll was taken and a quorum was present.
Senator Feyen moved that Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8 be laid on the table.
The question was: Tabling of Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8?
The ayes and noes were demanded and the vote was: ayes, 19; noes, 14; absent or not voting, 0; as follows:
Ayes - Senators Bernier, Cowles, Craig, Darling, Feyen, Fitzgerald, Jacque, Kapenga, Kooyenga, LeMahieu, Marklein, Nass, Olsen, Petrowski, Roth, Stroebel, Testin, Tiffany and Wanggaard - 19.
Noes - Senators Bewley, Carpenter, Erpenbach, Hansen, Johnson, Larson, Miller, Ringhand, Risser, Schachtner, Shilling, Smith, L. Taylor and Wirch - 14.
Absent or not voting None - 0.
Senator Taylor, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Substitute Amendment 1 to Assembly Joint Resolution 8 be entered into the journal.
Offered by Senators L. Taylor, Johnson, Shilling, Carpenter, Larson, Risser, Ringhand, Miller, Bewley, Wirch, Hansen, Smith, Schachtner and Erpenbach.
Relating to: proclaiming February 2019 as Black History Month.
Whereas, Black History Month provides a deliberate opportunity to reflect on the common humanity underlying all people and to raise awareness and foster respect for the heritage and contributions of people of African descent; and
Whereas, this year marks 400 years since the arrival of enslaved Africans in Virginia. The existence of Africans in North America can be traced back to 1525, and through 1866 the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade is estimated to have ensnared more than 12 million African people, with an estimated 10 million surviving the unconscionable Middle Passage, landing in North America, the Caribbean, and South America; and
Whereas, Wisconsin history first references African descendants in a speech given in 1725 by a chief of the Illinois Indians, in which he said “a negro belonging to Monsieur de Boisbriant" at Green Bay; and
Whereas, the United States has recognized black history annually since February 12, 1926, first as “Negro History Week" and later as “Black History Month," by noted Harvard scholar and historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson, celebrating the ethnic and racial diversity that enriches and strengthens our nation; and
Whereas, both enslaved and free people of African descent have participated in every aspect of America's effort to secure, protect, and advance the cause of freedom and civil rights and have stories that are an inspiration to all citizens, that reflect the triumph of the human spirit and offer the hopes of everyday people to rise above both prejudice and circumstance and to build lives of dignity; and
Whereas, people of African descent or African Americans have made measurable differences in their respective industries, people such as:
• Lucien H. Palmer — Wisconsin's first black legislator, elected in 1906 to the state Assembly;
• Le Roy J. Simmons — Wisconsin's second black legislator, elected in 1944 to the state Assembly;
• George Edwin Taylor — Former Wisconsin resident and African American who ran for the office of President of the United States in 1904, as a candidate of the National Negro Liberty Party;
• James “Jim” Caldwell — Beloit native, NFL coach (Indianapolis Colts from 2009 to 2011 leading the team to the playoffs four times, Detroit Lions 2014-17);
• Dr. Daniel Hale Williams — African American cardiologist that performed the first successful open heart surgery in the world, founded Provident Hospital, the first nonsegregated hospital in the United States, set up the first nursing school for blacks, born a free black person in 1856;
Violette Neatly Anderson — First black woman to argue a case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1926;
Milele Chikasa Anana — Publisher, UMOJA Magazine, a monthly journal of positive, encouraging news about African American people and opportunities in Madison, a civil rights activist, business leader, and former city of Madison affirmative action officer, and the first African American elected to the Madison school board;
• The Oshkosh 94 — November 21, 1968, 94 African American students at the then Wisconsin State University-Oshkosh engaged in dramatic demonstrations directed toward campus administrators when their requests for equal rights on campus were ignored;
• Eric Von — Long serving and influential former voice of black talk radio, journalist and broadcaster for Radio One, WNOV-AM (860), WMCS-AM (1290), and WISN Channel 12, and the founder of the online men's health magazine Brain, Brawn & Body;
• Arthur Jones — Milwaukee's 16th Chief of Police and the first African American to serve in this capacity;
• Reggie Jackson — Head Griot of America's Black Holocaust Museum, historian and researcher on Milwaukee's history of institutional segregation, the effects of systemic racism, and the reality of modern segregation;
Milele Coggs — Attorney, City of Milwaukee Alderwoman, youngest woman ever elected to Milwaukee's Common Council and the first African American female to ever serve as chair of the powerful Finance and Personnel Committee;
• Colin Kaepernick — Milwaukee native, political activist and NFL quarterback, who formerly played with the San Francisco 49ers, who has sought to raise attention to racial injustice and systemic oppression;
• Gerard Randall — Executive Director of the Milwaukee Education Partnership, former CEO of the Private Industry Council, former member and Vice President of the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents, and currently board member of Cardinal Stritch University, the Milwaukee Public Museum, the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership, VISIT Milwaukee, and the Wisconsin Arts Board;
• Lisa Peyton Caire — Founded The Foundation for Black Women's Wellness, a Wisconsin-based nonprofit organization committed to eliminating health disparities and other barriers impacting the lives of African American women and girls;
• James Causey — Editorial writer, columnist, and reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel;
• Carolyn Stanford Taylor — Wisconsin's first African American State Superintendent of the Department of Public Instruction;
• Curtiss Harris — Business leadership, served the African American Chamber of Commerce, the Minority Business Opportunity Committee, The Milwaukee Forum, Milwaukee's Minority Business Enterprise Committee, and Milwaukee Black Business;
• Dr. Alex Gee — Pastor, author, pioneered the Nehemiah Center for Urban Leadership Development, developing and mobilizing emerging African American leaders;