Jennifer Shilling
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State Capitol Update

A recap of this week’s votes “Under the Dome”

By - May 8th, 2015 01:42 pm

MADISON – This update is being provided to help keep Wisconsin citizens informed about important decisions happening at the State Capitol and to stay updated on how local elected officials are voting on key issues in Madison.

Joint Finance Committee votes – May 5th and 7th
For a list of JFC committee members, click here

Pretrial Intoxicated Driver Intervention Grant Program (LFB budget paper #382)
Summary: Gov. Walker proposed deleting $1.5 million in funding for the pretrial intoxicated driver intervention program appropriation in the Department of Transportation.
How they voted: Gov. Walker’s was position approved on a party line 12-4 vote by Republicans.

Budget Adjustment for Governor’s Office (Office of the Governor Item #1)
Summary: Gov. Walker proposed increasing state funding for his gubernatorial office by $422,600.
How they voted: Gov. Walker’s was position approved on a party line 12-4 vote by Republicans.

Non-Partisan Legislative Redistricting (Motion #154)
Summary: This motion would create a non-partisan method for establishing legislative and congressional district boundaries similar to the provisions in 2013 Senate Bill 163.
How they voted: This motion was rejected on a 12-4 vote by Republicans.

Law Enforcement Office Involved Death Investigations (Motion #231)
Summary: This motion would provide the Department of Justice $635,100 in funding and four positions to conduct officer-involved death investigations and investigations into non-fatal officer-involved incidents.
How they voted: This motion was approved on a bipartisan 16-0 vote.

Municipal and County Recycling Grants (Paper #481)
Summary: Gov. Walker proposed deleting $4 million in funding for the municipal and county recycling grant program.
How they voted: Gov. Walker’s was position approved on a party line 12-4 vote by Republicans.

Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System (Motion #183)
Summary: This motion would provide $193,800 in state funding for the Wisconsin’s Cancer Reporting System in order to improve cancer research efforts and meet current caseload demands.
How they voted: This motion was rejected on a 12-4 vote by Republicans.

Minimum Wage Raise to $10.10 an Hour (Motion #213)
Summary: This motion would raise the state minimum wage to $10.10 per hour for general employees and $3.00 per hour for tipped employees. Additionally, it would repeal the prohibition in current law of a municipality or county enacting and administering an ordinance establishing a living wage.
How they voted: This motion was rejected on a 12-4 vote by Republicans.

100th Anniversary of the State Capitol (Motion #188)
Summary: This motion would create a 100th Anniversary State Capitol Commemoration Committee to plan for events, including educational programs for children and students, to be held in 2017.
How they voted: This motion was approved on a bipartisan 16-0 vote.

State Senate floor votes – May 6th

UW Men’s Basketball resolution (Senate Joint Resolution 33)
Summary: This joint resolution congratulates the UW Madison men’s basketball team on its outstanding 2014-15 basketball season and reaching the NCAA championship game.
How they voted: Passed on a voice vote

Teacher Appreciation Week (Senate Resolution 5)
Summary: This resolution recognizes May 4–8, 2015, as Teacher Appreciation Week.
How they voted: Passed on a voice vote

70 MPH limit (Assembly Bill 27)
Summary: This bill increases the maximum speed limit from 65 miles per hour to 70 miles per hour on state and interstate freeways.
How they voted: Passed on a voice vote

This State Capitol Update is provided by Wisconsin State Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling. For additional information on legislative or committee action, please email Sen.Shilling@legis.wi.gov or call 608-266-5490.

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