Monday, November 23, 2009

Public Hearing Set for Legalized Marijuana (For Medical Purposes) in Wisconsin

Committees in the Wisconsin State Assembly and State Senate are considering legislation that would bring about the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes in the State of Wisconsin.  A Public Hearing has been set for these bills, SB-368 and AB-554.  The Public Hearing will be held Tuesday, December 15th at 10:00am in Room 412 East in the State Capitol.  It’s important for Wisconsin residents to contact your legislators at 1-800-362-9472.  This legislation is backed by the ACLU.  And according to the November 16th posting on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker was “open to the idea” of scheduling a floor vote on the bill.  The lead Assembly sponsor, Mark Pocan said “he was confident the Assembly Public Health Committee would approve the bill and forward it to the full Assembly.”

Senator Kohl Dispatches His Representative to Washburn To Hear From Wisconsin Residents

Senator Herb Kohl is sending his regional representative Marjorie Bunce to Washburn on Friday, December 4th to meet with constituents.  His representative is there to hear from citizens if they have problems with any federal programs or if they have an opinion on any issue before Congress including such things as health care reform, cap and trade, ENDA, Judicial appointments or other legislation.  This meeting will be Friday, December 4th from 2:30-3:30pm in the Greenwood Room at the Washburn Library, 307 Washington Avenue in Washburn.

Verona Public Schools Lobbied To Include Domestic Partner Benefits

According to The Verona Press, The Verona Public Schools is being lobbied by the President of the Teacher’s Union, Dave Wallace to offer health benefits to the domestic partners of district employees.  It’s ironic that at a time when schools are clamoring for funding to offer “educational programs” that the union representing educators is seeking this new benefit at the expense of children and taxpayers.   It is important for residents and taxpayers in the Verona Public School system to contact the School Board with your views on this issue.  The main number to Verona Schools is:  (608) 845-4300.

Board members include:
Dennis Beres, President (608) 845-9305
Kathy Pielage, Vice President (608) 845-3396
Kenneth Behnke, Clerk (608) 845-9258
Amy Almond, Treasurer (608) 274-6137
Charyn Grandau, Deputy Clerk (608) 848-1211
Joanne Gauthier (608) 848-9729
Renee Zook (608) 848-4354

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Milwaukee County Board Sends Domestic Partnership Measure Back to Committee

On Wednesday, November 18th the Milwaukee County Board on a unanimous vote sent the resolution relating to employee health benefits for domestic partners of County employees back to the Personnel Committee.  Please know the matter is not over, only delayed at this time.  The chair of the Personnel Committee is Paul Cesarz. Other members on the committee include Chris Larson, Mark Borkowski, Lynne DeBruin, John Weishan, Marina Dimitrijevic, and Johnny Thomas.  Milwaukee County Residents need to stay in contact with their Supervisors on this issue at (414) 278-4222.


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Milwaukee County Exec Scott Walker Vetoes Advance of Domestic Partner Benefits / Veto Override Vote To Occur

On Monday of this week, Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker followed through on his promise and cast a veto on the groundwork being laid for providing domestic partner benefits to Milwaukee county employees.  The benefits would be provided for same sex domestic partners as well as opposite sex partners who choose not to marry, but shack up together.  Milwaukee County Supervisor Chris Larson is outraged by the veto accusing Scott Walker of launching "a misinformation campaign" and said passage of this measure is "an important first step in getting on the right side of history".  Supervisor Larson said, “this legislation must pass” and will fight to override Scott Walker’s veto.  This step of providing domestic partner benefits to county employees will likely come up for a veto override vote Wednesday, November 18th at 1:30pm in Room 200 of the Milwaukee County Courthouse.  It is imperative for Milwaukee County residents to contact their County Supervisors at (414) 278-4222. 

Friday, November 6, 2009

WI Assembly Passes “Promiscuity for Youth” Bill

Last evening the Wisconsin Assembly passed AB-458.  The vote was rather partisan with every Democrat but one (Rep. Ziegelbauer) voting in favor of  the legislation to forbid schools which have Human Growth and Development to have an abstinence only education.  Every Republican voted against AB-458.  The legislation also opens the door for Planned Parenthood to teach the curriculum.  The measure now moves to the Wisconsin State Senate which will likely take up the issue in 2010 when their floor period resumes.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Milwaukee County Supervisors vote to approve next step toward Domestic Partner Benefits for County Employees

This morning on a 13-6 vote to Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors voted to require the Director of Administrative Services along with related departments to draft revisions to the county employee health plan to extend health benefit coverage to domestic partners of eligible Milwaukee County employees.  They are to present the revisions along with an estimated cost to the Personnel Committee and the Finance & Audit Committee no later than July 1, 2010.  Another vote will be necessary by the County Board to formally accept these new benefits once they receive the plan revisions and cost estimates. 

Voting in favor were Supervisors Broderick, Clark, Coggs, DeBruin, Dimitrijevic, Holloway, Johnson, Jursik, Larson, Lipscomb, Thomas, Weishan and West. 

Those voting against were Supervisors Borkowski, Cesarz, Mayo, Rice, Sanfelippo and Schmitt.