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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

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State Senate Calendar for February 11, 2014

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Diederich, Raymond, of De Pere, as a member of the Livestock Facility Siting Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015. 

Johnson, Andy, of Wausau, as a member of the Livestock Facility Siting Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2018. 

Abegglen, Paul, of Waukesha, as a Registered Nurse 2 on the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.

Armstrong, Shirley, of Stone Lake, as a Domestic Abuse Knowledge 2 on the Council on Domestic Abuse, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Armstrong, Perry, of Madison, as a Public Member 2 on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, to serve for the term ending January 1, 2018.  

Berth, Bruce, of Coleman, as a public member 2 on the Veterinary Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.

Braunger, Joseph, of Madison, as a Public 2 on the Accounting Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.  

Brown, Kelly, of Waukesha, as a Public Member 2 on the Chiropractic Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Capodice, Dr. Mary Jo, of Sheboygan, as a Doctor-Osteopathy on the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018.  

Dittmar, Beverly A., of Eagle River, as a Northern Area rep 8 on the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Eberle, Joseph W., of Pewaukee, as a Professional Engineer 2 on the Examining Board of Architects, Landscape Architects, Professional Engineers, Designers and Land Surveyors, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017. 

Forbes, Dr. Robert, of Stevens Point, as a Veterinarian 4 on the Veterinary Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017. 

Grebe, Michael, of Milwaukee, as a State Resident 5 on the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2020.  

Guse, Bradley, of Arpin, as a public member 4 on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, to serve for the term ending January 1, 2018. 

Hamberger, Kevin, of Franklin, as a member of the Council on Domestic Abuse, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014. 

Hernandez, Nancy, of Milwaukee, as a Private Sector Rep 4 on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation Board, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor. 

Hilgendorf, Gary, of Tomahawk, as a Northern Area rep 6 on the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.  

Holden, Michael, of Sheboygan Falls, as a Southern Area Rep 7 on the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.

Horning, John, of Pewaukee, as a Public Member 1 on the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, to serve for the term ending January 1, 2015. 

Knoell, Dr. Lyndsay N., of Mount Pleasant, as a Dentist 6 on the Dentistry Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018. 

Krause, Sheryl, of Cottage Grove, as a Registered Nurse 3 on the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014.  

Litscher, John, of Fitchburg, as a Public Member 3 on the UW Hospitals and Clinics Authority and Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Mackey, Jeffrey, of Middleton, as a Chiropractor 3 on the Chiropractic Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017. 

Martin, Diane Dommer, of Cedar Grove, as a Veterinarian 5 on the Veterinary Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017. 

Michaelsen, Glenn, of Jackson, as a Public on the Accounting Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017. 

Moran, Steve, of Tomahawk, as a Northern Area rep 3 on the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.  

Mulleady, Michael J., of Minocqua, as a Real Estate Sales/Broker 4 the Real Estate Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018.  

Murphy, Thomas, of De Pere, as a Public Member on the Physical Therapy Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.  

O'brien, Laura, of Cottage Grove, as a occupational therapist 2 on the Occupational Therapists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.

Olson, Sarah, of Readstown, as a Physical Therapist Assistant on the Physical Therapy Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.  

Schall, Sheldon, of Waunakee, as a public member 1 on the Veterinary Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018.

Schurman, Kara, of Lac du Flambeau, as a Domestic Abuse Knowledge 8 on the Council on Domestic Abuse, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.  

Simons, Dr. Kenneth, of Mequon, as a Doctor-Medicine 6 on the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018. 

Timmerman, Daniel, of Kieler, as a Northern Area rep 2 on the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Villa, James, of West Allis, as a Tech Business Representative on the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2019. 

Yoap, Leonard, of Peshtigo, as a Professional Member 2 on the Auctioneer Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014. 

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 61.  Relating to: proclaiming the third week of June as Pollinator Week.

Senate Joint Resolution 62.  Relating to: the life and public service of Nelson R. Mandela. 

Senate Joint Resolution 64.  Relating to: commending the Iron Brigade.

Senate Joint Resolution 67.  Relating to: proclaiming Friday, February 7, 2014, to be National Wear Red Day in recognition of heart disease awareness and prevention.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 203.  Relating to: requiring the payment of health insurance premiums, and establishing a loan program, for survivors of a law enforcement officer, emergency medical technician, or fire fighter who dies, or has died, in the line of duty and making appropriations.

Senate Bill 259.  Relating to: authorizing the creation of a Fox Cities regional transit authority and making appropriations. (

Senate Bill 330.  Relating to: purchase of military service under the Wisconsin Retirement System.

Senate Bill 339.  Relating to: the price of a Class A raffle ticket.

Senate Bill 344.  Relating to: disclosing ownership of a dam to prospective buyers of certain real property and updating disclosure reports for certain real property.

Senate Bill 414.  Relating to: objecting to property tax assessments.

Senate Bill 433.  Relating to: prohibiting municipalities from providing alcohol beverages retailers with identification scanners.

Senate Bill 435.  Relating to: the sale of homemade baked goods and homemade canned goods.

Senate Bill 452.  Relating to: creating an exception to the prohibition against underage persons entering or being on premises operating under a retail alcohol beverage license.

Senate Bill 453.  Relating to: the furnishing of intoxicating liquor taste samples at certain retailer trade association events.

Senate Bill 457.  Relating to: cooperation of Wisconsin licensed real estate brokers with out-of-state real estate brokers, salespersons, and time-share salespersons, powers of out-of-state brokers, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 500.  Relating to: motor vehicle fuel tax exemption certificates.   

Senate Bill 501.  Relating to: agricultural emergency permits issued by the Department of Transportation for vehicles transporting oversize loads.

Senate Bill 520.  Relating to: rule-making procedures and modifying and repealing various rules promulgated by the Department of Financial Institutions.

Senate Bill 523.  Relating to: tests administered to newborns for congenital disorders.

Senate Bill 524.  Relating to: portable electronics insurance.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 161.  Relating to: injunctions suspending or restraining the enforcement or execution statewide of a statute of this state.

Assembly Bill 262.  Relating to: motor vehicle registration, motor carrier appeals, rulemaking procedures, and modifying and repealing various rules promulgated by the Department of Transportation.

Assembly Bill 277.  Relating to: rule-making procedures and modifying and repealing various rules promulgated by the Department of Financial Institutions.

Assembly Bill 278.  Relating to: definition of common motor carrier.

Assembly Bill 496.  Relating to: releases of customer information by municipal utilities.

Assembly Bill 552.  Relating to: the definition and practice of dentistry for professional licensing purposes.

Assembly Bill 558.  Relating to: resolving an ambiguity relating to carrying a firearm in certain public buildings.

Assembly Bill 559.  Relating to: special group plates for women veterans, vehicle title information provided to county registers of deeds, the issuance of more than one motor vehicles operator's license to a person, location of emissions inspection stations, and insurance registration for motor carriers operating in multiple jurisdictions (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Transportation).

Assembly Bill 560.  Relating to: juries in criminal cases and contents of registers of officials.

Assembly Bill 561.  Relating to: affecting various provisions of the statutes to correct errors and reconcile conflicts.

Assembly Bill 562.  Relating to: affecting various provisions of the statutes to make corrections and reconcile conflicts (Corrections Bill).

Assembly Bill 563.  Relating to: fixing an incorrect cross-reference under the statute of limitations for repeated sexual assault of the same child; numbers of subsections; sexual assault of a child; suspension of license to carry a concealed weapon if the person is prohibited from possessing a dangerous weapon as a condition of release when charged with a felony or misdemeanor (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Justice).

Assembly Bill 564.  Relating to: revising various provisions of the statutes for the purpose of supplying omissions and eliminating defects (Correction Bill). 

Assembly Bill 566.  Relating to: minors acknowledging paternity; service of the summons and petition in a paternity action when the respondent is deceased; the form for a paternity action summons; releasing a frozen bank account of a support obligor; determining eligibility for Wisconsin Shares; notices to, and the exercise of rights by, a guardian ad litem in an unborn child in need of protection or services proceeding; requiring a diligent investigation by an agency that receives a report of child abuse or neglect if the agency cannot identify an individual who is suspected of the abuse or neglect; eliminating a voluntary foster care education program; the prohibition against a person who has committed armed robbery from showing that he or she has been rehabilitated for purposes of being licensed, certified, or contracted with to provide child care (suggested as remedial legislation by the Department of Children and Families).

Assembly Bill 567.  Relating to: access to public records (suggested as remedial legislation by the Legislative Reference Bureau).

Assembly Bill 568.  Relating to: the effective date of administrative rules promulgated by state agencies (suggested as remedial legislation by the Legislative Reference Bureau).

Assembly Bill 569.  Relating to: revising various provisions of the statutes to make corrections and reconcile conflicts (Correction Bill). 

Assembly Bill 596.  Relating to: renewable resource credits, removal of certain natural gas service laterals, natural gas public utility service in municipalities, and granting rule-making authority.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

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Senate Calendar for February 18, 2014

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Berlinski, Heather, of Oconomowoc, as a Public Member 3 on the Auctioneer Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2016. 

Labrake, Kathleen, of Wausau, as the Accountant 5 on the Accounting Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2018.

Nicholson, Lawrence, of Delafield, as a Certified General Appraiser on the Real Estate Appraisers Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2018.  

Roth Jr., Roger, of Appleton, as a Congressional District 8 on the Board of Veterans Affairs, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.  

Wolf, Douglas, of Lancaster, as a Agriculture Rep 3 on the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015. 

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 69.  Relating to: honoring the life of Leo H. LaFernier Sr.

Senate Joint Resolution 70.  Relating to: recognizing Black History Month.

Senate Joint Resolution 71.  Relating to: proclaiming June as Pelvic Organ Prolapse Awareness Month.

Senate Joint Resolution 72.  Relating to: commending and congratulating Chancellor Charles W. Sorensen for his contributions to the University of Wisconsin-Stout and the state of Wisconsin.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?

Assembly Joint Resolution 88.  Relating to: honoring 2014 Olympic athletes from Wisconsin.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 196.  Relating to: restricting the use of drones and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 212.  Relating to: instructional programs for nurse aides and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 286.  Relating to: the student information system, a school and school district accountability system, low-performing schools and school districts, and charter school contracts.

Senate Bill 348.  Relating to: the sales and use tax exemption for aircraft parts, maintenance, and labor.

Senate Bill 458.  Relating to: standards for admission into a course offered by a school district of a pupil enrolled in a home-based private educational program.

Senate Bill 462.  Relating to: underage persons under the influence of alcohol beverages on school premises and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 497.  Relating to: agency discretion in imposing penalties for minor violations of rules by small businesses and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 499.  Relating to: creating a property tax exemption for a nonprofit youth baseball association.

Senate Bill 502.  Relating to: authorizing ordinances and resolutions that specify a greater number of parcels into which certified survey maps may divide land.

Senate Bill 504.  Relating to: waiver of a parent's right to counsel in a contested adoption or an involuntary termination of parental rights proceeding for failure to personally appear as ordered by the juvenile court.

Senate Bill 512.  Relating to: deposits on the sale of certain lead acid batteries.

Senate Bill 513.  Relating to:  the information contained in referendum questions to authorize exceeding county levy limits.

Senate Bill 517.  Relating to: collection of certain utility arrearages by a municipal utility and the provision of municipal utility service to tenants.

Senate Bill 518.  Relating to: a duty of podiatrists, chiropractors, dentists, and optometrists to inform patients of treatment options and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 527.  Relating to: liability and immunity of sport shooting ranges.

Senate Bill 531.  Relating to: eligibility for a broker's or salesperson's license or a time-share salesperson's certificate of registration following a criminal conviction, immunity for employing real estate brokers in certain actions, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Senate Bill 534.  Relating to: the regulation of mortgage loan originators, mortgage brokers, and mortgage bankers. 

Senate Bill 545.  Relating to: licensing structure for electricians and electrical apprentices; reciprocal agreements between this state and other states relating to the regulation of electricians, electrical contractors, electrical inspectors, and electrical apprentices; exemptions from licensing and supervisory requirements for electricians; inspections of electrical work within certain facilities; and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 547.  Relating to: adaptive management plans for reducing discharges of phosphorus and total suspended solids to the waters of the state and a statewide variance to the water quality standard for phosphorus for certain dischargers.

Senate Bill 553.  Relating to: administration of medications at a camp. By Senator Lazich; cosponsored by Representative Kuglitsch.

Senate Bill 560.  Relating to: regulation of hospitals, granting rule-making authority, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 574.  Relating to: energy emergencies and vehicle weight limits.

Senate Bill 579.  Relating to: licensure of physicians; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 581.  Relating to: rule-making procedures and modifying and creating administrative rules related to long-term care insurance.

Senate Bill 582.  Relating to: own risk and solvency assessments, supervisory colleges, consolidated hearings for mergers of insurance companies, proxy voting by mutual policyholders, a presumption and exceptions with respect to the disclosure of insurance-related information, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 107.  Relating to: an entertainer's surety bond. (FE) By Representatives Bies, Berceau, Bewley, Czaja, Ohnstad, Spiros and Strachota.

Assembly Bill 258.  Relating to: maintenance and removal of vegetation obstructing the view of outdoor advertising signs along highways under the jurisdiction of the Department of Transportation.

Assembly Bill 288.  Relating to: county payments to public libraries in adjacent counties.

Assembly Bill 368.  Relating to: purchases or transfers of rifles or shotguns in other states.

Assembly Bill 422.  Relating to: raffles that involve the racing of plastic or rubber ducks.

Assembly Bill 445.  Relating to: identification presentation and monitoring for certain prescription drugs.

Assembly Bill 446.  Relating to: training and agreements for administering the drug naloxone, requiring emergency medical technicians to carry naloxone, and immunity for certain individuals who administer naloxone.

Assembly Bill 447.  Relating to:  granting immunity from certain criminal prosecutions for offenses relating to a controlled substance or a controlled substance analog.

Assembly Bill 448.  Relating to: programs for the disposal of drugs, including controlled substances, and certain medical or drug-related items, and the regulation of prescription drugs.

Assembly Bill 512.  Relating to: expanding the requirement of county board approval of a town amendment of its zoning ordinances. (FE) By Representatives Craig, Kramer and Kapenga; cosponsored by Senators Farrow and Lazich.

Assembly Bill 515.  Relating to: rule-making procedures and repealing various rules promulgated by the Department of Workforce Development.

Assembly Bill 516.  Relating to: rule-making procedures and modifying certain rules promulgated by the Department of Workforce Development for the administration of the laws governing traveling sales crews.

Assembly Bill 536.  Relating to: prohibition on tracking the location of a cellular telephone by law enforcement without a warrant.

Assembly Bill 565.  Relating to: repealing the schedule of election occurrences. By Law Revision Committee.  

Assembly Bill 589.  Relating to: issuance by a first class city of a license for a retail food establishment and a permit for a restaurant or bed and breakfast establishment.

Assembly Bill 592.  Relating to: solicitation of a fee by a business or individual for a public record, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.

Assembly Bill 637.  Relating to: adulterated, misbranded, and insanitary food.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

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