Wednesday, February 15

Committees on Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection; Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs; and Agriculture

8:30 AM
412 East
State Capitol
Informational Hearing

A symposium on the subject of biogas, a subject pertinent to the jurisdiction of the Assembly Committee on Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 412 East of the Capitol. It is possible that a quorum of the committee will be present. Attendance will not be kept and no votes of the Committee will be taken.

Biogas Informational Symposium
This symposium will describe biogas, a renewable fuel similar to natural gas, and the biogas systems that convert manure, food processing byproducts and other wastes into a wide range of valuable fuels and products. Wisconsin is already leading the country in farm-based biogas systems using dairy manure, but has only scratched the surface of the potential use of biogas systems to manage wastes for existing industries, produce valuable and cost-effective renewable energy and put Wisconsin’s manufacturing expertise to work in an expanding sector. DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel will start the program and describe the potential benefits of biogas systems for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry. DATCP and SEO biogas specialists will then provide an overview of Wisconsin’s successful application of biogas systems across the state and the emerging opportunities for biogas systems. Representatives from some of Wisconsin’s leading biogas businesses will then share their experiences saving money, producing energy, and building employment in diverse industries across the state. Speakers will be available for a question and answer session at the end of the program.

Committee meeting notices: Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection; Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs; Agriculture.

On the Committee on Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection

Senator Cowles (Chair)
Senator Kedzie (Vice-Chair)
Senator Wanggaard
Senator Wirch
Senator Hansen

On the Committee on Rural Economic Development and Rural Affairs

Representative Ott (Chair)
Representative Steineke (Vice-Chair)
Representative Petrowski
Representative Murtha
Representative Tauchen
Representative Ripp
Representative Krug
Representative Larson
Representative Rivard
Representative Danou
Representative Vruwink
Representative Jorgensen
Representative Radcliffe
Representative Ringhand
Representative Doyle

On the Committee on Agriculture

Representative Nerison (Chair)
Representative Tranel (Vice-Chair)
Representative Ott
Representative Mursau
Representative Murtha
Representative Tauchen
Representative Brooks
Representative Ripp
Representative Marklein
Representative Vruwink
Representative Molepske Jr
Representative Jorgensen
Representative Radcliffe
Representative Danou
Representative Steinbrink

Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education

8:30 AM
412 East
Informational Hearing

Leg. Council Symposium

A symposium on the subject of biogas, a subject pertinent to the jurisdiction of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education, will be held on Wednesday, February 15, at 8:30 a.m. in Room 412 East of the Capitol. It is possible that a quorum of the committee will be present.

The Committee will not be taking action on any items.

On the Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education

Senator Schultz (Chair)
Senator Harsdorf (Vice-Chair)
Senator Kedzie
Senator Moulton
Senator Hansen
Senator Shilling
Senator King

Committees on Education

9:00 AM
411 South
State Capitol
Public Hearing

This will be a joint hearing.

Relating to: the governor’s read to lead development fund, the Read to Lead Development Council, grants in support of literacy and early childhood development programs, teacher licensure, screening kindergarten pupils for reading readiness, remedial reading services for certain pupils, evaluating teacher preparatory programs and educator effectiveness, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
By Senators Olsen, Darling and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Kestell, Ballweg, Brooks, Endsley, Marklein and Spanbauer.

Committee meeting notices: Senate committee; Assembly committee.

On the Senate Committee on Education

Senator Olsen (Chair)
Senator Vukmir (Vice-Chair)
Senator Grothman
Senator Darling
Senator Vinehout
Senator Larson
Senator Cullen

On the Assembly Committee on Education

Representative Kestell (Chair)
Representative Marklein (Vice-Chair)
Representative Nass
Representative Pridemore
Representative Knudson
Representative Thiesfeldt
Representative Wynn
Representative Pope-Roberts
Representative Sinicki
Representative Hintz
Representative Clark

Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs

10:00 AM
225 Northwest
State Capitol
Executive Session

Relating to: accounting and expenditure of state funds and reduction of deficit (first consideration).
By Representatives Kooyenga, Marklein, Kapenga, Klenke, Strachota, Thiesfeldt, Krug, Craig, Honadel, Petersen, Litjens, Nygren, Steineke, Farrow, Kaufert, Rivard, Suder, Knilans, Mursau, Stroebel, Weininger, A. Ott, Jacque, Knudson, Brooks, Ziegelbauer, Kerkman, Van Roy, Spanbauer, Severson, Wynn, Williams, T. Larson, Knodl, Endsley, Loudenbeck, Molepske Jr and LeMahieu; cosponsored by Senators Zipperer, Lasee, Leibham, Lazich, Cowles, Schultz, Olsen and Grothman.

Public Hearing

Relating to: the typeface used, and rates charged, for publication of legal notices.

By Representatives Marklein, Doyle, Endsley, LeMahieu, A. Ott, Petryk, Spanbauer, Thiesfeldt and Molepske Jr; cosponsored by Senators Leibham, Harsdorf, Holperin, Schultz and Shilling.

Relating to: the authority and responsibility of the Department of Safety and Professional Services, requirements for obtaining certain licenses or other credentials from the Department of Safety and Professional Services, weighing a product that contains opium or another controlled substance, and granting rule-making authority.
By Representative Rivard; cosponsored by Senator Leibham.

On the Committee on Homeland Security and State Affairs

Representative Van Roy (Chair)
Representative Kuglitsch (Vice-Chair)
Representative Ballweg
Representative August
Representative Kooyenga
Representative Danou
Representative Zamarripa
Representative Bewley

Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs

10:00 AM
300 Southeast
State Capitol
Executive Session

Relating to: various changes to the worker’s compensation law, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

By Senator Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representative Ballweg.

Relating to: concealment of benefit claim information, availability for work, interest on delinquent payments, and the composition and authority of appeal tribunals under the unemployment insurance law.
By Senator Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representative Ballweg.

Public Hearing
10:05AM or upon conclusion of Executive Session

Relating to: inspections of unlicensed child care centers, a hotline to receive reports of alleged unlicensed child care centers, and an unlicensed child care center public information and education campaign.
By Senators S. Coggs, Risser, Taylor, Wanggaard and Carpenter; cosponsored by Representatives Mason, Young, Turner, Berceau, Pope-Roberts and Bernard Schaber.

On the Committee on Labor, Public Safety, and Urban Affairs

Senator Wanggaard (Chair)
Senator Grothman (Vice-Chair)
Senator Lazich
Senator Wirch
Senator King

Committee on Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection

11:00 AM
400 Southeast
State Capitol
Executive Session

Relating to: loans and repayment assistance by a political subdivision for energy and water improvements to premises and collection of the debt by special charge.
By Senators Cowles, Holperin and Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representatives Weininger, T. Larson, Spanbauer, Tauchen and Molepske Jr.

On the Committee on Energy, Biotechnology, and Consumer Protection

Senator Cowles (Chair)
Senator Kedzie (Vice-Chair)
Senator Wanggaard
Senator Wirch
Senator Hansen

Committee on Housing

11:00 AM
400 Northeast
State Capitol
Public Hearing

Relating to: the property tax exemption for certain housing facilities.

By Representatives Vos, Berceau, Endsley, C. Taylor, Thiesfeldt, Wynn, Pocan and Nygren; cosponsored by Senators Schultz and Erpenbach.

Relating to: information related to condominiums that must be furnished with real estate condition reports.

By Representatives Rivard, Marklein, Doyle, Steineke and Stroebel; cosponsored by Senator Darling.

Relating to: miscellaneous landlord-tenant provisions and prohibiting a local government from imposing a moratorium on eviction actions.

By Representatives Stroebel, Jacque, Litjens and Pridemore; cosponsored by Senator Lasee.

Relating to: limiting the authority of a city, village, or town to enact a development moratorium ordinance.
By Representatives Steineke, Jacque, LeMahieu and Stroebel.

On the Committee on Housing

Representative Murtha (Chair)
Representative Litjens (Vice-Chair)
Representative Farrow
Representative Rivard
Representative Steineke
Representative Young
Representative Bewley
Representative Coggs

Joint Committee on Finance

12:58 PM
412 East
Public Hearing

Relating to: an addition to the 2011-13 Authorized State Building Program.

By Representative Vos; cosponsored by Senator Wanggaard.

Relating to: an addition to the 2011-13 Authorized State Building Program.
By Senator Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representative Vos.

Executive Session
12:59PM or upon conclusion of Public Hearing

Relating to: an addition to the 2011-13 Authorized State Building Program.

By Representative Vos; cosponsored by Senator Wanggaard.

Relating to: an addition to the 2011-13 Authorized State Building Program.
By Senator Wanggaard; cosponsored by Representative Vos.

13.10 WISCONSIN STATUTES MEETING
1:00PM

Department of Children and Families–Eloise Anderson, Secretary and Department of Public Instruction–Jenifer Kammerud, Legislative Liaison

The Department of Administration submitted a plan to the Committee on January 10, 2012, related to community partnerships pursuant to Section 9101(3i), 2011 Wisconsin Act 32. The plan includes the required plans for the Department of Public Instruction and Department of Children and Families to improve educational outcomes and promote and teach self-sufficiency by funding community-based nongovernmental organizations to establish partnerships with school districts and agencies that license foster homes.

Department of Administration–Mike Huebsch, Secretary

The Department of Administration requested approval of spending plans from the Department of Administration; Agriculture, Trade and Comsumer Protection; Commerce; Corrections; Health Services; Justice; Military Affairs; and Revenue; and the State Fair Parks Board to address unsupported overdrafts for fiscal year 2009-10. Due to an objections from a Committee member, this request is now before the Committee under s. 13.10.

Department of Administration–Mike Huebsch, Secretary
The Department of Administration submitted the fiscal year 2011-12 lapse plan t the Committee on December 23, 2011, pursuant to Section 9255(1)(b), 2011 Wisconsin Act 32. Due to an objection from a Committee member, this request is now before the Commmitee under s. 13.10.

On the Joint Committee on Finance

Senator Darling (Co-Chair)
Senator Olsen (Vice-Chair)
Senator Harsdorf
Senator Grothman
Senator Leibham
Senator Zipperer
Senator Taylor
Senator Jauch

Representative Vos (Co-Chair)
Representative Meyer (Vice-Chair)
Representative Strachota
Representative LeMahieu
Representative Nygren
Representative Kleefisch
Representative Mason
Representative Richards

Committee on Insurance and Housing

2:00 PM
201 Southeast
State Capitol
Public Hearing

Wagner, Tammy

Of Stevens Point, as a member of the Real Estate Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.

Relating to: surplus lines insurance, insurance security fund, automobile insurance, and granting rule-making authority.

By Senator Lasee; cosponsored by Representative Petersen.

Relating to: portable electronics insurance and providing a penalty.

By Senators Lasee and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Nygren, Brooks and Molepske Jr.

Relating to: miscellaneous landlord-tenant provisions and prohibiting a local government from imposing a moratorium on eviction actions.
By Senator Lasee; cosponsored by Representatives Stroebel, Jacque, Litjens and Pridemore.

Executive Session
2:05PM or upon conclusion of Public Hearing

Relating to: surplus lines insurance, insurance security fund, automobile insurance, and granting rule-making authority.

By Senator Lasee; cosponsored by Representative Petersen.

Relating to: portable electronics insurance and providing a penalty.
By Senators Lasee and Schultz; cosponsored by Representatives Nygren, Brooks and Molepske Jr.

Relating to: the right of the people to contract privately for health care services and health care coverage, and prohibiting requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan (first consideration).

By Senators Leibham, Lasee, Hopper, Galloway, Lazich, Moulton and Darling; cosponsored by Representatives Vos, Steineke, Kestell, August, Meyer, Strachota, Nygren, Severson, Petryk, Krug, Ziegelbauer, Petersen, Bies, Spanbauer, LeMahieu, Kleefisch, Endsley, Honadel and Mursau.

Wagner, Tammy

Of Stevens Point, as a member of the Real Estate Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.

Relating to: miscellaneous landlord-tenant provisions and prohibiting a local government from imposing a moratorium on eviction actions.
By Senator Lasee; cosponsored by Representatives Stroebel, Jacque, Litjens and Pridemore.

On the Committee on Insurance and Housing

Senator Lasee (Chair)
Senator Schultz (Vice-Chair)
Senator Olsen
Senator Wanggaard
Senator Carpenter
Senator Coggs
Senator Larson

Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue

2:00 PM
400 Southeast
State Capitol
Public Hearing

Relating to: the definition of municipality for purposes of tax refund setoffs.
By Senators Galloway and Holperin; cosponsored by Representatives Kerkman, Brooks, Endsley, Spanbauer and Wynn.

Relating to: exception to local levy limits for the village of Warrens.
By Senators Vinehout and Lassa; cosponsored by Representatives Radcliffe and Vruwink.

On the Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue

Senator Galloway (Chair)
Senator Lazich (Vice-Chair)
Senator Vukmir
Senator Carpenter
Senator Shilling

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