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Governor Proclaims 2012 to be Year of the Veterans

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 .

Unequal Application of the Law

Constitution, Fourteenth Amendment

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State Senate Calendar for March 6, 2012

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 399. Relating to: the admissibility of hearsay evidence at a preliminary examination.
Senate Bill 407. Relating to: zinc air button cell batteries and providing penalties.

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. 

 

Dane County Judge Holds Up Voter ID

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.

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Mining Bill on Today’s Senate Calendar

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.

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Further Developments

"Judge in voter ID case signed Walker recall petition"

Name That Puppy!

HAWS, puppies, Valentine's Day, Champagne, name, socialization, adopt, Bunny, Walkathon, makeover

HAWS welcomed 15 new members to our "family" on Valentine's Day, when pregnant mom Champagne gave birth to her litter of puppies. 

Currently in foster care, Champagne and her brood are not only being carefully monitored as they grow, but are also working on early-stage development with our Behavior Department!  You can follow their progress by reading their blog - updated daily because so much happens in such a short time with puppies...

They've already reached a critical stage:  it is time for socialization.  One key need for this work?  Names!

So it is time to "Play the Name Game" and we're asking for our community to participate and have a little fun along the way.  For a $50 donation - which is being used for the puppies care - you can choose one of the 15 puppies and give it a name.  These names will be used while volunteers work with the pups...and who knows:  the future adopter may just keep your name of choice!  (Hint, hint:  make it a good one!)

All the details can be found at the Valentine's Puppies' blog, and the link to make your naming donation is on our main HAWS' website.  Oh, and it looks like there are only 14 left to name now...hurry so you don't miss out!

By the way - we take the phrase "Spring into action" literally at HAWS, with these awesome upcoming events!  March 19th is HAWS' Annual Bunny Day, 3/25 is Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition, also on 3/25 our Mobile Adoption Center will be at the Admirals' Game for Dog Day...
and our 29th Annual Pet Walkathon is set for May 5th.  (You can get started now - let your fingers to the fundraising with an online page...) 

Senate Transportation and Elections Public Hearing Notice March 8, 2012

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Governor Walker E-Update

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

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Dept of Justice or Dept of Revenge?

Constitution, executive power, Fourteenth Amendment, Separation of Powers, 10th amendment, Fifteenth Amendment

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Senate Calendar for March 13, 2012

First Order. Call of Roll.

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Adopt 4 Paws from HAWS: MacKenzie is Waiting...STILL!

HAWS, adopt, HAWS Bunny Day, Extreme Makeover: HAWS Edition, Mobile Adoptions

MacKenzie is a beautiful shorthaired female.At HAWS, we won't give up on a pet!!  Meet MacKenzie the cat:

This beautiful shorthaired girl is MacKenzie, a 6-year-old brown tabby with orange coloring.  She's a love - our volunteers call her the "purrfect" pal - who is affectionate, playful and "kneads" whomever she's with!  Maybe you need her in your life?

MacKenzie has patiently been waiting for a new home.  In fact, she's been waiting for her new home since July '11!!!  She's spent some time in our adoption program at the Petco store in Waukesha, but now she's back at HAWS, lounging in our foyer window cat condos. 

We love having her at HAWS, but we'd love even more for her to land in a forever home with a comfy bed and sunny window.

Come visit with MacKenzie and all her adoptable friends at HAWS - today and every day!

HAWS welcomes you daily for viewing and adoption.  We're open Monday - Friday from 1:00 - 6:00 p.m., Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from Noon - 4:00 p.m.

By the way:  this Sunday, 3/18, is our Annual Bunny Day at HAWS, co-hosted by the Wisconsin House Rabbit Society.  And next Sunday, 3/25, is a busy HAWS day with our Extreme Makeover:  HAWS Edition from noon - 4pm at the shelter and our Mobile Adoption Center's annual visit to the Milwaukee Admirals Dog Day game at 3pm!  Join us - and have lots of fun while supporting the HAWS Cause!

Free Rides Program on Saint Patrick's Day

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

Senate Back in Session at 4:15pm

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

Legislative Session Update

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.

State Senate is Session at 2:30 pm

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

All Power In Washington Problematic

Constitution, healthcare, ninth amendment, 10th amendment

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HAWS Seeks Nominations for 2nd Annual Youth Community Kindness Award

HAWS, Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award, award, shelter, fundraise, HAWS' Walkathon

HAWS is seeking nominations for our second annual Diana Boettcher Youth Community Kindness Award.  This award is in memory of Diana Boettcher, a longtime resident of Lac La Belle who cared equally for the animals and people in her neighborhood throughout her life.

Young volunteers made HAWS' Janboree event a great success!The Diana Boettcher Award seeks to honor a single young individual who exemplifies kindness to animals in their community.  This kindness may take action through volunteering, promoting awareness or other acts of humane animal treatment.

The honoree will be selected by a panel of HAWS’ employees and friends.  Selection will be based on the nominee’s commitment to animal welfare through public service and community life.

Nominees must be 18 years or younger.  Family, friends, community members and teachers are allowed to nominate deserving youth; in addition, students may also nominate themselves.  If chosen, the recipient must be available to accept the award at the Friends of HAWS’ 29th Annual Pet Walkathon on May 5, 2012 at Sussex Village Park.

Applications must include the nominee’s name, birth date, school and an essay (not to exceed 500 words) explaining their commitment to animals in their community.

All applications must be received at HAWS by April 9th and can be emailed to kaitlin@hawspets.org or mailed to HAWS, Attn: Kaitlin Daugherty, PO Box 834, Waukesha, WI 53187-0834.

By the way - have you set up your personal, online fundraising webpage for the HAWS Walkathon yet?  Let your fingers do the fundraising...its easy, fun and a great way to get involved in support of the HAWS Cause!

Energy Subsidies are Not Constitutional

Constitution, 10th amendment, Legislative branch

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Get CAGED at HAWS...

CAGED, HAWS, Facebook, Twitter, spay, neuter, awareness, students, rally

HAWS proudly announces “CAGED,”  a Spay/Neuter Awareness rally for local college students that will run from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. this Wednesday, March 28.

The rally is designed to bring greater awareness to the still very relevant message of spaying and neutering as a successful method of combating pet overpopulation. Students will sign up for ½ hour time slots where they will be placed in one of HAWS’ cat condos for “socialization.” The condo windows will be covered in statistics and facts on the effects of spaying and neutering, along with Project Guardian, HAWS’ free barn/outdoor cat spay-neuter program.

For a $5 donation or for “checking in” and mentioning HAWS on any social networking page such as Facebook or Twitter, students will gain access to the CAGED “VIP lounge” – including pizza and refreshments, interaction with various shelter pets, and a trivia contest in which they will be able to test their knowledge on the stats posted throughout the shelter. The first 50 students will receive a special “Got CAGED at HAWS” t-shirt.

HAWS’ Executive Director Lynn Olenik notes, “Many college students are drawn to helping animals and love to spend time with them – and this event makes a great study break! We also know that social media is a powerful tool for spreading an important message. As young adults become more active in animal welfare, we can use their savvy to help save many lives, and engage them for the future sustainability of our mission.”

Students interested in participating should contact leann@hawspets.org or kaitlin@hawspets.org.

By the way - thunderstorms are here...and fireworks season is fast approaching!  Get tips on how to help your pet cope with the chaos at "The Big Bang" seminar, presented by HAWS' very own Dr. Claudeen, and hosted by End of the Leash in Mukwonago.  Call 262-363-3338 to register, and then join us this Thursday, March 29, at 6pm at 214 Rocheser St., Mukwonago.

By the way, part 2 - have you created your online fundraising page yet for the 29th Annual HAWS Pet Walkathon...?  Let your fingers do the fundraising in support of the HAWS Cause!

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