Week in Review – March 10

WEEK IN REVIEW
• Gov. Walker signed SB-2 into law
• Gov. Walker signed Executive Order #235 on open records saying, “Today’s proactive order raises the bar once again. The public will continue to receive more access to records and information than ever before in state history.” Release
• Joint Finance Democrats sent a letter to the Joint Finance Co-Chairs regarding an ETF briefing on self-insurance.
• LFB budget memos:
o Distributional information on proposed individual income tax rate reduction
o State tax and fee modifications included in the governor’s 2017-19 budget recommendations
• Gov. Walker announced Building Commission approval of some Capital Budget recommendations.
• The Senate and Assembly both passed the constitutional amendment resolution to delete the office of State Treasurer for the 2nd consecutive session. Cap Times.
• Senate Republicans sent a letter to U.S. Sens. Johnson and Baldwin regarding the confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. Release.
• Legislation introduced/circulated:
o Sen. Craig: DOT Inspector General
o Rep. Kolste: Emergency prescription refills
o Rep. Hutton, Sen. Kapenga: Government leasing contracts
o Reps. Pope, Hesselbein; Sen. Risser: “Compassionate Choices” bill
o Sen. Erpenbach: Veterans home funds oversight
o Sen. Cowles, Rep. Summerfield: Credit Card skimmers
o Rep. Kitchens: Clean water access bill.
• The Wisconsin Supreme Court reversed the court of appeals in Wisconsin Carry v. City of Madison, a decision that struck down weapon prohibitions on Madison Metro buses.
• DOT Sec. Ross issued a statement on I-39/90/94 and I-90/94 project study cancelations.