Friday, October 30, 2009

Milwaukee County Board Schedules Public Hearing on Budget

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors will be holding a Public Hearing on the 2010 County Budget.  This budget (see below) was amended in committee recently to include Domestic Partner Benefits for County Employees, impose a new $20 wheel tax on vehicles in Milwaukee County.  The Public Hearing will be held Monday, November 2nd at 7pm at the Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 West Vliet St. in Milwaukee.
 

Full Assembly to Vote On “Promiscuity for Youth” Bill

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 458 which produces mass changes to the Human Growth and Development Curriculum promoting promiscuity is scheduled to be voted on in the Wisconsin State Assembly Tuesday, November 3rd.  (See below for further discussion/explanation on this Bill). 

Further, the Senate Education Committee held their public hearing on their version of the Bill (SB 324) and no doubt will be acting on it soon in committee.  To have your views heard Wisconsin residents may call the legislative hotline at 1-800-362-9472. 
 

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Milwaukee County Supervisors Consider Domestic Partner Benefits

Despite the facing of a potential $80 million dollar shortfall, the Personnel Committee of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted 4-2 to recommend the adoption of domestic partner benefits for County employees at a cost of multiple millions of dollars.  At the same time, to help raise revenue for other county needs the Budget Committee by a 4-3 vote passed a $20 wheel tax for every vehicle registered in the county.  This comes on top of the wheel tax City of Milwaukee residents are already paying.  Further, this comes at a time when the county may lay off up to 200 employees.  The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors next meet on Thursday, November 5th at 9:30am and the final budget is scheduled to be voted on Monday, November 9th at 8:30am.  County Executive Scott Walker has pledged to veto domestic partner benefits should they pass.  To contact your Milwaukee County Supervisor with your views on forcing taxpayers to fund new domestic partner benefits for county employees you may call (414) 278-4222. 

Supreme Court to Consider Constitutionality of Wisconsin’s Marriage Amendment

In November, 2006 the voters of Wisconsin passed Wisconsin’s Marriage Amendment which states, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state.  A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”  Shortly after voters passed this amendment by a nearly 60% vote, William McConkey a political science and communications professor at UW-Oshkosh filed suit against the amendment.  The Wisconsin Supreme Court summarizes his case in this way:

Was Article XIII, Section 13 of the Wisconsin Constitution, commonly known as the marriage amendment, enacted in violation of the single subject rule set forth in Article XII, Section 1 of the Wisconsin Constitution?

Can a voter who would have voted the same way on each of two propositions included in a single ballot referendum claim to have personally suffered a direct injury by an alleged violation of the single subject rule?

On Tuesday, November 3rd, the Wisconsin Supreme Court will be hearing oral arguments in this case.  We at VCY America ask that you be praying for the Justices of the Wisconsin Supreme Court as they hear the oral arguments Tuesday and then deliberate their individual decisions. 
 

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Assembly Education Committee Advances Promiscuity for Youth Bill

Today the Assembly Education Committee passed on a party line vote (8-5) Assembly Bill 458, legislation which will promote promiscuity among youth (see below). 

Voting for AB-458 were Representatives Pope-Roberts, Dexter, Hilgenberg, Sinicki, Hixson, Smith, Madcliffe, and Krusick.  

Voting against the legislation were Representaives Davis, Nass, Townsend, Vukmir and Nygren.

This moves the legislation on to the full Assembly.  The next Floor Session of the Assembly is Thursday, October 29th.  You may contact your State Representative at 1-800-362-9472.

The Senate Public Hearing on SB 324 will be held Thursday morning, October 29th at 9:30am in Room 201 Southeast in the State Capitol (see below for more details).

Monday, October 26, 2009

Promiscuity for Youth Bill Faces Vote in Assembly Committee / Public Hearing in Senate

Pro abortion advocates Lena Taylor and Tamara Grigsby introduced legislation in Wisconsin AB-458 and SB-324 regarding many changes in the instruction of human growth and development in Wisconsin Schools.
 
This legislation would require that there not be any bias or any instruction against any sexual orientation or against sexually active pupils. 

The legislation removes from the state statues the schools mission “to support and enhance the efforts of parents to provide moral guidance to their children”.

The legislation requires schools teach “the health benefits, side effects and proper use of contraceptives”.

While the course will still mention abstinence it will remove the requirement that the school “present abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried pupils”.

This legislation also will allow groups like Planned Parenthood to conduct the Human Growth and Development course in any given school district.

You can read the legislation as follows:


AB-458 and SB-324 were introduced on September 30th and are on the fast track for passage.  Both of these were introduced on September 30th.  AB-458 had a Public Hearing on October 6th.  The Assembly Education Committee will vote on this legislation Tuesday, October 27th at 10:00am in Room 417 North at the State Capitol. If this Committee passes the legislation it will advance to the full Assembly. (Assembly Education Committee Members listed below)

At the same time, SB-324 is also advancing.  A Public Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, October 29th at 9:30am in Room 201 Southeast of the State Capitol.  If this passes the Committee it will advance to the full Senate.  (Senate Education Committee Members listed below)

Concerned individuals must contact legislators.  Contact your own Representative and Senator at the Legislative Hotline 1-800-362-9472.  Further, you may contact members of the Assembly Education Committee and Senate Education Committee as listed below:
 
Assembly Committee on Education includes:

Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts 1-888-534-0079
Rep. Kristen Dexter 1-888-534-0068
Rep. Steve Hilgenberg 1-888-534-0051
Rep. Christine Sinicki 1-888-534-0020
Rep. Kim Hixson 1-888-534-0043
Rep. Jeff Smith 1-888-534-0093
Rep. Peggy Krusick 1-888-529-0007
Rep. Mark Radcliffe 1-888-534-0092
Rep. Brett Davis 1-888-534-0080
Rep. Stephen Nass 1-888-529-0031
Rep. John Townsend 1-888-529-0052
Rep. Leah Vukmir 1-888-534-0014
Rep. John Nygren 1-888-534-0089

Senate Committee on Education includes:

Sen. John Lehman 1-866-615-7510
Sen. Robert Jauch 1-800-469-6562
Sen. Jon Erpenbach 1-888-549-0027
Sen. David Hansen 1-866-221-9395
Sen. Luther Olsen 1-800-991-5541
Sen. Glenn Grothman 1-800-662-1227
Sen. Randy Hopper 1-888-736-8720
 

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Sex Ed Legislation on Fast Track

Pro abortion advocate Lena Taylor and Tamara Grigsby introduced legislation in Wisconsin AB-458 and SB-324 regarding the providing of instruction in human growth and development. This legislation would require that there not be any bias nor any instruction against any sexual orientation or against sexually active pupils. This would require that there not be anything discriminatory said against pedophilia, beastiality, and many other perversions. Teaching traditional marriage and relationships would also be forbidden in following the language of the Bill.

AB-458 and SB-324 were introduced on September 30th. On October 1st a public hearing was scheduled for AB-458 to take place on Tuesday, October 6th at 9am in Room 417-North at the State Capitol. Could it be the sponsors of this legislation want this to quickly pass before the public becomes aware of the devastating consequences of the legislation?

In addition to contacting your own Representative through the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472 you may also contact the membes of the Assembly Education Commission which will hold the public hearing Tuesday.

Members on the Assembly Committee on Education include:

Rep. Sondy Pope-Roberts 1-888-534-0079
Rep. Kristen Dexter 1-888-534-0068
Rep. Steve Hilgenberg 1-888-534-0051
Rep. Christine Sinicki 1-888-534-0020
Rep. Kim Hixson 1-888-534-0043
Rep. Jeff Smith 1-888-534-0093
Rep. Peggy Krusick 1-888-529-0007
Rep. Mark Radcliffe 1-888-534-0092
Rep. Brett Davis 1-888-534-0080
Rep. Stephen Nass 1-888-529-0031
Rep. John Townsend 1-888-529-0052
Rep. Leah Vukmir 1-888-534-0014
Rep. John Nygren 1-888-534-0089