July 15 – Week in Review

School and day care meal income eligibility guidelines were announced by DPI. They are in effect July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

The Wisconsin Ethics Commission:

  • Launched a voter photo ID campaign
  • Unanimously selected Brian Bell as Ethics Commission Administrator.
  • Unanimously selected Former Democratic AG Peg Lautenschlager as chair of the Wisconsin Ethics Commission.

Rep. Steffen announced a legislative proposal that would, “expand the definition of hate crime victims in Wisconsin to include law enforcement officers.”

According to a DVA report to Joint Finance, the Veterans Trust Fund ran out of money in the first quarter of 2016.  The fund was brought back into solvency with a $12M transfer from the Homes appropriation.

In State v. Loomis the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled that, “COMPAS risk assessment at sentencing does not violate a defendant’s right to due process.”

There was flooding in several northern counties after heavy rains.  Gov. Walker declared a State of Emergency for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn counties, as well as directing state agencies to assist.  Emergency Management’s flood updates/information are here.

Racine County will pilot a drunk driving reduction project, according to a release from Sen. Wanggaard, Speaker Vos and Rep. Weatherston.  The program is called, “24/7 Sobriety” and “requires participants to be under near-constant monitoring for drug and alcohol use and has shown success in other states.”

WEDC elected new officers.

DNR announced Hayward, Rhinelander and Wausau as preferred locations for a possible forestry division headquarters.

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