Everyday Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom service members return home. Governor Walker proclaimed 2012, the Year of the Veterans. The Year of the Veterans Proclamation honors the sacrifices of Wisconsin's veterans from all wars, operations, and branches of the military. Governor Walker directed state agencies to provide at least 15 veteran specific job fairs and four employer education symposiums. For more information about the Year of the Veterans you may visit: www.yearoftheveteran.com .
- The first 120 miles were no problem, as I drive to Chicago often. The trip did lag through most of Illinois, though. Even driving through cities like Champaign and Matoon... you aren't driving through them as much as you are driving around them. I did make it all the way through Illinois and into Missouri before I needed to fill the gas tank, though.
- All along, I had considered breaking up the drive and relaxing at a casino along the way, though I just figured I would do it in Tunica, MS, which would be just a short bit out of the way. As I am driving through the bottom part of Missouri, though, I see a sign for the Lady Luck Casino in Carruthersville. The sign looked like it was .5 miles off the freeway, but was in reality 5 miles. But since I had gotten off the freeway, I figured I would continue on. It was a riverboat on the Mississippi River, and a couple of hands of blackjack and a couple rolls of dice later, I was ahead $30 and decided to take my profit and hit the road.
- I arrived in Memphis, TN and my planned dinner stop at Neely's Interstate BBQ around 6:00 PM. As stated on my pre-trip blog, I had seen this place on the Travel Channel's Barbecue Paradise, and wanted to try the BBQ spaghetti. Since I hadn't bothered to stop for a proper lunch, I ordered the sampler platter that had pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket, pulled pork and a hot link. It also came with a side of the BBQ spaghetti. Unfortunately, the spaghetti was nothing to write home about. The pasta was the consistency of Spaghetti-Os and was overrun with the BBQ sauce. The meat, however, was a highlight, especially that hot link (in which both the waitress and cashier refused to disclose who makes it or how I could buy some).
- Having previously stopped at a casino, I decided to bypass Tunica on the trip down and ended at the very comfortable Motel 6 in Grenada. This used to be an EconoLodge, but the property seemed to be quite new and it was a very nice room for $35.
According to statistics, at least fifty percent of individuals will divorce within their lifetime. A great many of those individuals have children. Between the custody, who decides what, education, child rearing, doctor’s appointments, we think little about the future.
One day, whether it is by fate or choice, our children will leave the nest. After 18 or more years of hard labor, life as we know it will change. A great percentage of us will be single upon their departure. Very few are prepared, yet, with a little tough love on oneself, we can be more adjusted than less.
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?
Assef, Saied, of Green Bay, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Barrette, Mark, of Beaver Dam, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Bogost, Gregg A., of Madison, as a member of the Radiology Examining Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.
Burnett, Eileen, of De Pere, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Cullinan, William, of New Berlin, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2014.
Ellis, Julie, of New Berlin, as a member of the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Hammes, Brian, of Fond Du Lac, as a member of the Optometry Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Jafari, Mary, of Onalaska, as a member of the Radiography Examining Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2012.
Jensen, Doreen, of Oshkosh, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2012.
Leazer, Lynn, of Verona, as a member of the Wisconsin Judicial Commission, to serve for the term ending August 1, 2012.
Misra, Suresh, of Mequon, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Petersen, Andrew, of Verona, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.
Polenske, Mary Ellen, of Sun Prairie, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Rambo, Larry, of Hartland, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.
Reuter, Geraldine, of Lancaster, as a member of the Barbering and Cosmetology Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Swan, Timothy, of Marshfield, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.
Vasudevan, Sridhar V., of Belgium, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2012.
Viste-Johnson, Barbara, of Luxemburg, as a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Wagner, Thomas, of Oshkosh, as a member of the Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.
Weis, William W., of Franklin, as a member of the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.
Willis, Patricia, of Waukesha, as a member of the Hearing and Speech Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014.
Eighth Order. Messages from the Assembly.
QUESTION: Shall the amendment be concurred in?
Senate Bill 338. Relating to: waiving fees for certain professional and occupational licenses issued to veterans. Assembly Amendments 1 and 2 pending
Ninth Order. Special Orders.
Special Order at 1:31 P.M.
Assembly Bill 426. Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. Senate Substitute Amendment 2 pending
Tenth Order. Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.
QUESTION: Shall the joint resolution be adopted?
Senate Joint Resolution 58. Relating to: commending Laura Kaeppeler on winning the Miss America pageant.
Senate Joint Resolution 65. Relating to: commending Madison Area Technical College on its 100th anniversary.
Senate Joint Resolution 66. Relating to: commemorating the achievements and contributions of Moraine Park Technical College on the occasion of its centennial.
Senate Joint Resolution 69. Relating to: honoring the members of Bon Iver and Justin Vernon on their 2012 Grammy Awards.
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 50. Relating to: wind energy system rules.
Senate Bill 58. Relating to: liability of public utility customers for unbilled utility service.
Senate Bill 114. Relating to: legislative consideration of a biennial budget bill.
Senate Bill 179. Relating to: requiring a private school that provides child care for children under three years of age to be licensed to operate a child care center. Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 255. Relating to: the publication and effective dates of acts.
Senate Bill 308. Relating to: deposit placement programs of public depositories.
Senate Bill 394. Relating to: establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 396. Relating to: financial assistance for the livestock premises registration program, a tax credit for livestock identification tags and tag-reading equipment, and making an appropriation. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 411. Relating to: hunting and trapping of wolves, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, and making an appropriation. Senate Amendments 1 and 3 pending
Senate Bill 415. Relating to: buying, selling, bartering, and trading of nonedible parts from upland game birds.
Senate Bill 426. Relating to: intentional program violations of public assistance programs.
Senate Amendments 1 and 2 pending
Senate Bill 429. Relating to: portable electronics insurance and providing a penalty.
Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 441. Relating to: authorizing the Department of Natural Resources to collect voluntary contributions in addition to fees charged for certain approvals, authorizing the voluntary contributions to be paid to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, and making an appropriation.
Senate Bill 452. Relating to: exception to local levy limits for the village of Warrens.
Senate Bill 453. 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. Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 457. Relating to: dispensing motor vehicle fuel for persons with disabilities, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
Senate Bill 459. Relating to: economic development activities of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
Senate Bill 461. 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. Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Senate Amendment 3 to Senate Amendment 4 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, Senate Amendment 4 to Senate Substitute Amendment 1, and Senate Substitute Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 463. Relating to: the angel investment and early stage seed investment tax credit programs. Senate Amendments 1 and 2 pending
Senate Bill 464. Relating to: prohibiting fingerprinting in connection with professional credentials issued by the Department of Safety and Professional Services or an examining board or affiliated credentialing board, except as provided in the statutes, and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Senate Bill 465. Relating to: the definition of municipality for purposes of tax refund setoffs.
Senate Bill 474. Relating to: matching financial records for Medical Assistance eligibility and providing a penalty.
Senate Bill 475. Relating to: audits and reports of state savings banks and state savings and loan associations.
Senate Bill 476. Relating to: changing the date of fire prevention week from the week of October 8 to the week of October 9.
Senate Bill 492. Relating to: regulating certain service contracts and granting rule-making authority.
Senate Amendment 1 pending
Senate Bill 496. Relating to: brucellosis testing of milk, cream, and cattle and restrictions on moving or sale of American bison and other animal species.
Senate Bill 497. Relating to: designation, modification, and termination of agricultural enterprise areas.
Senate Bill 498. Relating to: the pest abatement authority of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
Senate Bill 518. Relating to: gasoline vapor recovery requirements and granting rule-making authority.
Senate Bill 524. Relating to: exception to local levy limits for the city of Fox Lake.
Senate Bill 526. Relating to: technical changes to the qualified production activities income and franchise tax credit.
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 56. Relating to: retail theft, proof of ownership for flea market sales, and providing penalties.
Assembly Bill 176. Relating to: minimum harvesting requirements for commercial fishing in the Great Lakes.
Assembly Bill 217. Relating to: impersonating certain officials and providing a penalty.
Assembly Bill 334. Relating to: possession of certain animals killed by vehicles.
Assembly Bill 384. Relating to: weapons that may be used to hunt certain animals and requirements for establishing open hunting seasons for those animals.
Assembly Bill 395. Relating to: acquisition of land in the Niagara Escarpment corridor.
Assembly Bill 397. Relating to: failing to report the death of a child or to report a missing child, moving the corpse of a child, hiding a corpse to collect public benefits, and providing penalties.
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.
Today, a Dane County judge issued a temporary injunction blocking the voter photo ID law from applying to the April 3, 2012, presidential primary. The ruling is disappointing; however, I am confident that the law will ultimately be upheld.
When the voter ID law was drafted, I worked diligently to ensure it is constitutional. Many forms of identification are acceptable. Special accommodations are made for people with legitimate problems including electors indefinitely confined or victims of sensitive crimes. Any elector in Wisconsin in need of an ID to vote may get one free of charge.
Assembly Bill (AB) 426, the mining bill, is on the calendar for today’s Senate floor session. Yesterday, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance adopted modifications to the bill. Those modifications may be found here.
March is Youth Student Art Month and student art will be on display throughout the month at the Greenfield Public Library.
The public is invited to view a month-long exhibit of wonderful artwork created by students from Greenfield Public Schools. Student art will be on display in the Library Community Room, Children's Library, lobby display case, and on the second floor mezzanine area of the Greenfield Library, 5310 W. Layton Avenue. Artwork on display in the Library Community Room will be available for viewing Tuesdays from 3:00 - 8:30 pm, all day Fridays, and Saturdays from noon - 2:45 pm. For library hours, visit the library's website, www.greenfieldlibrary.org, or call the library at (414) 321-9595 X103. Youth Student Art Month is sponsored by the Greenfield Public Library Foundation and the Greenfield School District.
First Order. Call of Roll.
This Saturday, Saint Patrick's Day, free rides will be available on all Milwaukee County Transit System routes from 6 pm until the end of regular service on March 17, 2012. To find out more about the free rides program partnership between Milwaukee County Transit System, Beer Capitol Distributing and many other community partners visit this website: www.millerlitefreerides.com
The State Senate met today and approved two resolutions and eight bills. I am p leased to say three of the eight bills approved by the state senate are bills I am the lead sponsor. The State Senate is scheduled to return to the Senate the floor and take up the rest of the calendar at 4:15 PM. Here is a link to the Senate In Session website: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/insession/senate/
You may watch the State Senate live at www.wisconsineye.com
The State Senate recessed at 8:45 PM Tuesday until 10:00 AM today, Wednesday. The State Assembly recessed approximately 3:30 AM Wednesday morning. The State Senate reconvened Wednesday morning at 10:00 AM and considered 15 bills messaged from the Assembly and four additional bills. The State Senate and State Assembly are scheduled to be in session Thursday March 15, 2012. March 15, 2012, is the final day of the 2011-2012 General Session of the Legislature.
The State Senate will be on the floor today for the final day of the general legislative session. Here is a link to the Senate In Session website: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/insession/senate/
You may also watch the State Senate action at www.wisconsineye.com
The State Senate 2011-12 General Legislative Session ended today. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald 's closing comments follow:
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
When we lived in West Allis, we noticed that a lot of times ordinances were not inforced, especially if someone "knew someone at City Hall". What was "OK" for one person(s) was not "OK" for another. I am sure this is the same in the community where we now live. Law abiding individuals follow the rules the best they can and others just "get away with" whatever suits them. It can be frustrating from the standpoint of the person or persons who do abide by laws, ordinances, regulations, etc.
However, logic should tell us that there is no way that enforcement can be done all the time and in all instances - it would be impossible and unrealistic.
I was raised Catholic, moved on to Born Again Christian, and eventually settled into a non-denominational type of situation.
Years ago I ceased my weekly visits. No particular reason why, maybe it was the fact I liked to sleep in, have an entire Sunday to myself. I could give you a million and one reasons and/or excuses, yet I won’t. I began to think about my beliefs about heading to a place many called a home away from home.
Have I ever mentioned how stupid the local news (aka "Bleeding Heart or Scare People Needlessly Entertainment Program") is?