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Wednesday February 19, 2020 - Updated 5:38pm

Governor

5:38pm
Gov. Evers. Grants pardons to 17 more individuals.

Senate Floor Session

4:58pm
Sen. Feyen. Senate passes opportunity zone legislation. 
4:17pm
Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Applauds Senate passage of regulatory reform for dairy farmers, processors. 

Assembly Floor Session

4:10pm
WI Land+Water. Commends unanimous Assembly vote in support of AB-790, looks forward to passage in Senate. 
1:09pm
Rep. Zimmerman. Votes for lower prescription drug prices. 
12:52pm
Rep. Swearingen. Statement on passage of Assembly Bill 736,.
12:50pm
Wisconsin Farmers Union. Applauds passage of Water Quality Task Force bills. 
10:00am
Rep. Plumer. Two bills pass Assembly. 
9:56am
WEDA. Lauds state Assembly approval of local workforce housing incentive bill. 
9:04am
Rep. Kitchens. Assembly passes four bills. 
9:03am
Rep. Rodriguez. Praises Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality. 
8:33am
Rep. Nygren. Leads the way on healthcare affordability. 
8:28am
Wisconsin Wetlands Association. Applauds passage of flood demonstration projects bill. 
5:35am
Rep. Novak. Water Quality Task Force legislation passes Assembly. 
5:34am
Sen. Cowles. Assembly advances Pollution Prevention Partnerships bill. 
5:33am
Rep. Felzkowski. Celebrates forestry and water quality initiatives.
5:26am
Rep. Brostoff. Statement on unanimous passage of AB-816.
5:25am
Rep. Subeck. Assembly passes Holocaust education bill.
5:25am
Rep. James. Four bills head to Senate. 
5:15am
Rep. Vorpagel. Statement on passage of legislation regulating Pharmacy Benefit Managers. 
5:14am
Newtrient. Applauds Wisconsin State Assembly passage of bill to boost water quality trading programs. 
5:11am
Rep. Gundrum. Votes for prescription drug affordability, protection, and transparency. 
5:10am
Rep. Hesselbein. Champions clean water protections. 
5:02am
Rep. Hintz. Evers Effect pushes Assembly passage of water quality bills. 
5:01am
Rep. Steineke. Supports water quality initiatives. 
4:59am
Dairy Business Association. Applauds Assembly for passing water quality credit clearinghouse. 
4:58am
Rep. Fields. Bipartisan BID/NID reform bill passes state Assembly. 
4:57am
Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association. Applauds Assembly passage of bill to support clean water, economic development. 
4:56am
Rep. Gruszynski. Statements on Water Quality Task Force bills. 
4:55am
Rep. Loudenbeck. Two bills advance. 
4:53am
Rep. Krug. Celebrates passage of thirteen water proposals. 
4:52am
Wisconsin Water Alliance. Statement on Assembly passage of water bills package. 
4:51am
Rep. Shankland. 10 bipartisan clean water bills championed by Rep. Shankland passed unanimously by the state Assembly. 
4:46am
Sen. Cowles. Children's health wins the support of Assembly.
4:38am
Rep. Allen. Making prescriptions more affordable. 
4:36am
Midwest Environmental Advocates. Assembly action on clean water legislation falls short of what Wisconsin families deserve. 

3:50am
WTMJ. Wisconsin Assembly votes to require teaching the Holocaust. 
3:43am
Madison.com. Assembly passes $10 million package of water quality bills. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 
3:37am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin Assembly calls for constitutional convention. 
3:36am
WISC. Wisconsin Assembly targets prescription drug prices, PBM bill heads to state Senate. 
3:31am
WQOW. Bill would bring 22 new mental health beds to the Chippewa Valley. 

Legislative

4:53pm
Rep. Taylor. Final EIS on F-35 military jets confirms harmful consequences for Madison. 
4:48pm
Rep. Oldenburg. Column: Wisconsin's farmers & rural agriculture communities must remain a priority. 
4:15pm
Rep. Nygren. Reaction to new DNR PFAS test results. 
3:11pm
Rep. Tittl. Honors organ donors. 
1:20pm
DATCP. Farm Center hosting 'Unexpected Tomorrows' workshops. 
10:31am
Sen. Smith. Cutting taxes by supporting schools. 
9:59am
Sen. Schachtner. Honored with Jerome Henning Legislator Award. 
5:18am
Rep. Neubauer. Celebrates the 16th Annual State of the Tribes Address. 
4:35am
Rep. Hintz. Statement on State of the Tribes Address. 
4:33am
Lt. Gov. Barnes. Statement on State of the Tribes Address. 

8:45am
WBAY. Wisconsin Senate to vote on $250 million tax cut. 
8:34am
WKOW. Hemp industry wants help to invest in fiber research, expand profits to farmers. 
3:56am
U.S. News & World Report. Wisconsin Senate to sign off on new State Patrol contract. 
3:33am
Wisconsin Public Radio. State of the Tribes Address: Native Americans face down opioid epidemic. Fox 6.
3:26am
U.S. News & World Report. Evers' Natural Resources leader up for Senate approval. 
3:25am
U.S. News & World Report. Senate set to vote on letting farmers control siting rules. 

State Agencies

4:12pm
OCI. Governor's Prescription Drug Task Force hears employers' and insurers' perspectives, continues discussion of role of PBMs.
3:27pm
DFI. Gov Evers honors 14 recipients of the 2019 Governor's Financial Literacy Award in Capitol ceremony. 
1:20pm
DATCP. Farm Center hosting 'Unexpected Tomorrows' workshops.
12:59pm
DMA. Interoperability Council Subcommittee vacancy public notice. 
10:30am
DOA. Electric vehicle charging station listening session scheduled. 

Economy/Business

8:30am
WEC Energy Group. To increase ownership interest in three Midwest wind farms. 

Environment/Outdoors

3:50am
WJFW. A new study suggests warming conditions could affect Wisconsin tree species. 

Statewide

8:30am
WBA. Dick Zaragoza to receive WBA Distinguished Service Award. 

3:24am
WISN. City of Milwaukee reports its first pediatric flu death; third child death in state. 
3:23am
Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin's caregiver workforce shortage getting worse, report says. 

Courts

1:22pm
Alliance Defending Freedom. School district policy to deceive parents about children's claimed gender identity prompts legal challenge. 
8:45am
Wisconsin Supreme Court. OLR v. Tracey A.B.

3:22am
Wisconsin State Journal. Unnamed parents, conservative law firm sue Madison School District over gender identity policy. 

Education

4:54pm
UW-Madison. Novelist James Patterson to give commencement keynote; John Felder will be alumni speaker. 
3:09pm
UW-Eau Claire. Immersion gives Blugold new appreciation for, understanding of Hmong culture. 
3:08pm
Marquette University. 707 Hub names intrapreneur-and entrepreneur-in-residence. 
3:07pm
UW-Stevens Point. Treehaven to offer Luminary Showshoe Hike in March. 
1:30pm
UW-Stout. Science education expert to speak Feb. 26 on saving half the Earth to maintain biodiversity. 
1:15pm
UW-Stout. Diversity Week to celebrate diversity and unique identities. 
1:03pm
UW System. UW-Green Bay chancellor finalists named. 
1:02pm
UW-Milwaukee. Receives Gold Rating for sustainability.
12:51pm
UW-Eau Claire. To host regional National History Day competition. 
10:21am
UW-River Falls. BFA candidates show their work. 
10:02am
UW-River Falls. Horse judging youth clinic offered.
4:34am
Madison Teachers, Inc. Supports equal restroom access for MMSD students & staff. 

10:29am
WEAU. Tech Council Innovation Networks announces collaboration between Mayo and UW-Eau Claire. 
10:28am
WQOW. UW-Eau Claire partners with tech and health businesses. 

Local

3:26pm
Milwaukee County Sup. Martin. Stands with Hmong neighbors. 
12:47pm
Dane County Exec. Parisi. Badger Prairie Health Care Center receives high remarks from residents & family/guardians in latest survey. 

3:49am
WXOW. Spring flood risk "well-above normal."
3:29am
Appleton Post Crescent. Fox Valley officials speak out in Appleton about potential Hmong deportation plans. WBAY. Fox 11. 

Congress

3:27am
WQOW. Rep. Kind to introduce veteran health care bill. 

Politics

1:33pm
Wisconsin Family Action PAC. Congratulates winning endorsed candidates. 
1:04pm
ABC of Wisconsin. Congratulates Tom Tiffany on 7th Congressional District primary win. 
8:32am
Steil for 1st Congress. Stands with Tom Tiffany. 
4:38am
American Bridge. Launches digital ad buy spotlighting Trump's disastrous record on student loans. 
4:31am
AFP-Wisconsin. Looks ahead to electing Justice Daniel Kelly to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
4:30am
Kelly for Wisconsin Supreme Court. Statement on primary election results. 
4:14am
RPW. Statement congratulating Justice Daniel Kelly for advancing to April's General Election.
4:13am
RPW. Statement congratulating Tom Tiffany for his victory in the Wisconsin Seventh Congressional District Primary. 
4:11am
WMC. Congratulates Tom Tiffany on primary victory. 
4:11am
Tiffany for 7th Congress. Victorious in 7th Congressional District primary. 

8:44am
The Hill. Wisconsin state senator wins GOP primary in race to replace Duffy. 
8:43am
Reuters. Exclusive: Ahead of 2020 election, a 'Blue Wave' is rising in the cities, polling analysis shows. 
3:44am
Wisconsin State Journal. Jill Karofsky, Daniel Kelly advance to Wisconsin Supreme Court general election. 
3:39am
Fox 11. Technical glitch blamed for MyVote Wisconsin outage. 
3:38am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Tom Tiffany will face Tricia Zunker in 7th Congressional District special election. 
3:33am
Politico. Democrats launch $10M campaign bashing Trump in 3 key swing states. 
3:27am
RiverTowns. Sherley launches campaign for western Wisconsin Assembly seat. 

Tuesday February 18, 2020

Assembly Floor Session

4:44pm
Rep. Schraa. Protecting patients by lowering drug costs. 
4:39pm
Coalition of Wisconsin Aging & Health Groups. Assembly votes 96-0 passing legislation to hold PBMs accountable for rising drug costs and protect patients and pharmacists statewide. 
4:36pm
AARP Wisconsin. Applauds the Assembly for passing AB-114.

Legislative

4:43pm
Law Enforcement Action Partnership. Testimony to Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee regarding crime bills. 
2:13pm
Speaker Vos. Statement: State of the Tribes Address.
2:12pm
Rep. Considine. Welcomes tribal leaders to State Capitol. 
1:25pm
ACLU of Wisconsin. Condemns extreme anti-abortion personhood amendment. 
1:23pm
Wisconsin Conservation Voters. Assembly will pass inadequate Water Quality Task Force recommendations. 
1:15pm
Rep. Steineke. (Updated) Oskosh West student, teacher, and resource officer to be named Assembly 'Hometown Hero.'
12:22pm
Rep. Steineke. Local housing advocate to be named Assembly 'Hometown Hero.'
12:20pm
Rep. Steineke. Honor Flight organizers to be named Assembly 'Hometown Heroes.'
12:04pm
Sen. Stroebel. Past reforms paved way for today's tax cuts. 
8:43am
WI Land+Water Conservation Association. Support for AB 790, funding for county conservation departments. 
7:22am
Rep. Nygren. Joint Committee on Finance approves tax cut and farmer assistance. 
4:03am
Joint Finance Committee Democrats. Wisconsin students and homeowners abandoned by GOP.

8:54am
Fox 6. Wisconsin Assebmly considering constitutional convention. 
8:53am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Assembly to vote on $10M plan to clean up Wisconsin water. 
3:50am
Wisconsin Public Radio. GOP tax cut, ag bills pass Legislature's budget committee. 
3:49am
U.S. News & World Report. Finance panel pushes GOP tax cuts to full Senate, Assembly. Madison.com.
3:41am
Center Square. Wisconsin hemp growers want to be included in state farm relief package. 
3:40am
WQOW. Lawmakers want epinephrine to be more affordable and accessible. 
3:32am
Madison.com. After a wait, state delivering $1 million for homeless shelters over two years. 

State Agencies

4:45pm
DSPS Sec.-designee Crim. Plan Review overhaul shows early progress with faster scheduling, decisions. 
12:19pm
Elections Commission. MyVote Wisconsin website experiencing address lookup issues. 
4:02am
ETF. Preliminary WRS investment performance. 

Economy/Business

9:17am
Wisconsin Veterans Chamber of Commerce. Jobseeking veterans and employers to benefit from partnership with Bridge My Return. 

3:45am
Reuters. China to grant tariff exemptions on 696 U.S. goods to support purchases. 
3:45am
WTMJ. New study shows Miller Park's economic impact on Wisconsin.
3:35am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Wisconsin starts 2020 with increasing home sales. 

Statewide

3:39pm
Marsy's Law for Wisconsin. ICYMI: Advocates recognized for effort to educate voters on victims' rights amendment. 
3:38pm
American Lung Association. 30+ first responder teams will climb at #1 Fight for Air Climb. 
2:11pm
Public Policy Institute. Report: Home is Where Our Health Is: Policies to Improve the Health of Renters in Milwaukee and Beyond. 
12:02pm
VFW Department of Wisconsin. Property tax relief for severly injured veterans cannot wait. 

6:58am
New York Times. The struggle to mend America's rural roads. 
3:46am
USA Today. Meth is back and flooding the streets - and it's uglier than ever. 
3:34am
WEAU. Influenza poses more of a risk to Wisconsin than coronavirus. 
3:31am
AP. Boy Scouts file for bankruptcy due to sex-abuse lawsuits. 

Courts

3:44pm
Wisconsin Family Action. Parents bring lawsuit against Madison School District. 
9:13am
Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty. Sues Madison schools for violating parental rights. 

3:56am
Chippewa Herald. 'Insane leverage': Jump in bail-jumping charges prompts calls for reform. 

Education

4:32pm
UW-Platteville. Frayer to receive Distinguised Teaching Award from the Wisconsin Section of the Mathematical Association of America. 
4:31pm
UW-Platteville. Syrian refugee to discuss civil liberties through her music and journey to the United States. 
4:30pm
UW-Platteville. Education students attend state reading convention. 
12:20pm
UW-Stout. Reading Across Campus features discussions of Du Bois classic book. 
12:06pm
UW-Stout. Larrabee receives February University Staff Appreciation Award. 
10:18am
UW-Eau Claire. Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty to be International Women's Day guest speaker. 

3:33am
La Crosse Tribune. 'A really innovative program': New UW master's program designed to address cybersecurity talent gap. 

Local

3:38am
NBC 15. Dane County debuting new, first in state, security upgrades. 

Congress

12:04pm
U.S. Sen. Baldwin. To prioritize Great Lakes icebreaker after Trump's budget does not include funding. 

3:47am
The Hill. Lawmakers push back at Trump's Pentagon funding grab for wall. 
3:44am
WSAW. Central Wisconsin residents voice high prescription drug price concerns. 
3:43am
Fox 11. Connect to Congress: U.S. Rep. Gallagher talks border walls and travel bans. 

Politics

1:16pm
Priorities Wisconsin. Releases video featuring former Trump voter and fifth-generation farmer discusing opposition to the president. 
8:39am
Wisconsin Disability Vote Coalition. 2020 elections: Resources for voters with disabilities. 
8:37am
American Bridge. Announces latest $10 million investment in battleground paid media campaign targeting Trump in PA, MI, & WI.
8:34am
Sargent for 16th Senate. Announces endorsement from Paul Rusk.

3:40am
Wisconsin Public Radio. Voters to narrow field in state Supreme Court primary Tuesday. 
3:37am
WJFW. Congressional candidates make final pitches in Northwoods. 
3:35am
WQOW. Jason Church makes last push for votes before Wisconsin primary.