Noes: 0 - None.
Senate Chairperson
Petitions and Communications
hist137035Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Allen added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 254.
hist137016Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Considine added as a cosponsor of Senate Bill 345.
hist137019Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Goyke added as a cosponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 18.
hist137018Pursuant to Senate Rule 17 (5), Representative Goyke added as a cosponsor of Senate Joint Resolution 41.
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
June 23, 2021
The Honorable, the Senate:
The following bill(s), originating in the Senate, have been approved, signed and deposited in the office of the Secretary of State:
Bill Number   Act Number   Date Approved
hist137032Senate Bill 99   54   June 22, 2021
hist137020Senate Bill 121   48   June 22, 2021
hist137022Senate Bill 122   49   June 22, 2021
hist137024Senate Bill 123   50   June 22, 2021
hist137026Senate Bill 124   51   June 22, 2021
hist137028Senate Bill 237   52   June 22, 2021
hist137030Senate Bill 299   53   June 22, 2021
Pursuant to s. 35.095 (1)(b), Wisconsin Statutes, the following 2021 Act(s) have been published:
Act Number   Bill Number   Publication Date
hist137021Wisconsin Act 48   121   June 23, 2021
hist137023Wisconsin Act 49   122   June 23, 2021
hist137025Wisconsin Act 50   123   June 23, 2021
hist137027Wisconsin Act 51   124   June 23, 2021
hist137029Wisconsin Act 52   237   June 23, 2021
hist137031Wisconsin Act 53   299   June 23, 2021
hist137033Wisconsin Act 54   99   June 23, 2021
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Governor
June 22, 2021
The Honorable, the Senate:
I am signing Senate Bills 121, 122, 123, and 124, now 2021 Wisconsin Acts 48, 49, 50, and 51:
Senate Bill 121 prohibits the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers in use of force policies;
Senate Bill 122 requires public access to policies regarding the use of force by law enforcement;
Senate Bill 123 requires the Wisconsin Department of Justice to collect data and publish an annual report on use-of-force incidents; and
Senate Bill 124 establishes a $600,000 grant program, administered by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, for cities with a population of 60,000 or more to fund community-oriented policing-house programs.
These bills are part of a package of bipartisan policing changes and are only a step toward making meaningful progress for a more just, more equitable, and safer state for everyone. While racism and racial disparities cannot be solved with any single bill or package of bills or person alone, we can and must do more. Although I am signing these bills, I have and will continue to urge the Legislature to take more meaningful action and send additional comprehensive legislation to my desk. The people of Wisconsin are demanding systemic change and reform in our state. They must be heard. And that means there is much more work left to do.
More than a year ago now, Lieutenant Governor Barnes and I announced a package of legislation aimed at increasing policing accountability and transparency. Months later, in August 2020 and in the wake of Jacob Blake being shot in Kenosha, I called a special session to take up the package of legislation. The Wisconsin State Legislature quietly gaveled out of the special session late last year without taking any action.
In addition to calling for action on the August 2020 Special Session on Policing Accountability and Transparency legislation, I also urge the Legislature to take action on several additional police accountability and transparency reforms that have been introduced or drafted but have not yet received any consideration in the Legislature despite ample opportunity. This includes bills from the "Enough is Enough" package, as well as bills drafted and not introduced by the Speaker's Task Force on Racial Disparities.
There is no excuse for these four bills being the only bills that get to my desk. Today is not the end, it has to be the beginning.
State of Wisconsin
Office of the Senate President
June 23, 2021
The Honorable, the Senate:
Pursuant to Senate Rule 46 (2)(c), I am writing to inform you that I have directed the following proposal to be withdrawn from committee and rereferred. I have obtained the consent of the appropriate standing committee chairsperson and the chairperson of the committee on Senate Organization.
hist137009Senate Bill 258, relating to: an income tax deduction for an arrearage paid on behalf of a tenant for municipal utility service., withdrawn from the committee on Senate Organization and rereferred to the joint committee on Finance.
Senate President
Messages from the Assembly
hist137042Pursuant to Senate Rule 18 (1b), Senate Bill 203 shall be withdrawn from the Assembly message and taken up.
Senate Bill 203
Relating to: the secure delivery of absentee ballots and providing a penalty.
Senator Kapenga, with unanimous consent, asked that the Senate stand informal.
hist137046The question was: Concurrence in Assembly Amendment 1 to Senate Bill 203?
Concurred in.
Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that all action be immediately messaged to the Assembly:
hist137056Senate Bill 203
Action messaged.
hist137061Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Bill 311 and Assembly Bill 297 be referred to the committee on Senate Organization.
hist137063Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Bills 76, 191, 384 and 386 be placed at the foot of the 11th order of business on today’s calendar.
Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills
Senate Bill 241
Relating to: pen registers and trap and trace devices.
hist137057Read a second time.
hist137058Ordered to a third reading.
hist137059Senator LeMahieu, with unanimous consent, asked that the rules be suspended and the bill be given its third reading.
hist137060Senate Bill 241
Read a third time and passed.
Senate Bill 254
Relating to: extension of certain approvals and occupancy permits under the uniform dwelling code, extension of certain approvals that are subject to administrative, judicial, or appellate proceedings, waiver of interest and penalties on late 2021 property tax payments, and waiver of the timely payment requirement for filing certain property tax claims.
hist137067Read a second time.
hist137068Senator Feyen, with unanimous consent, asked that Senate Substitute Amendments 1 and 2 to Senate Bill 254 be withdrawn and returned to author.
hist137073The question was: Adoption of Senate Substitute Amendment 3 to Senate Bill 254?