Ignoring the phone calls of concerned citizens around the state, today the Wisconsin State Senate voted 18 to 15 on a party line vote to pass AB-458, a Bill heavily lobbied by Planned Parenthood and also by the teacher’s union and the ACLU. The bill passed today denies school districts the opportunity to teach an abstinence only curriculum for human growth and development, cannot promote any bias in teaching against sexually active children, and allows school districts to allow groups such as Planned Parenthood to teach the human growth and development curriculum. All Democrats in the state Senate voted in favor of the bill, all Republicans voted in opposition. Senator Robson on the floor said passage of the bill will solve the problem of teenage pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Parents will want to take note they can opt to have their children removed from this offensive curriculum.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
On a 4-3 vote the Senate Education Committee passed the “Unhealthy Youth Act” (AB-458/SB-324) which Planned Parenthood has been heavily lobbying for its passage. Voting for its passage were Senators Lehman, Jauch, Erpenbach & Hansen. Those opposed were Senators: Olsen, Grothman and Hopper.
As a result of it’s passage in Committee it will now move to the full Senate as early as Thursday, January 28th. To express your views it’s imperative to contact your Senator, you may use the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472 or for their direct number you may use the following link:
Monday, January 25, 2010
SB-460 (see 1/20/10 post) which we reported previously is on a fast track now has a public hearing before the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief and Revenue. The public hearing is Wednesday, January. 27th at 10:00am in Room 201 Southeast at the State Capitol. For full details and committee contact numbers see January 20, 2010 post.
At the end of the business day, Friday, January 22nd, the 37th Anniversary of Roe vs. Wade the Senate Education Committee announced they will be voting on SB-324 and AB-458. These are companion bills which will allow groups like Planned Parenthood (leading abortion provider) to teach the human growth and development classes (sex education) in the schools. Planned Parenthood has been heavily lobbying for these bills and they were awarded promise of a vote on the anniversary of Roe.
Pro abortion advocates Lena Taylor and Tamara Grigsby introduced AB-458 and SB- 324 last Fall which brings 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”.
You can read the legislation as follows:
Assembly Bill 458 - http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/AB-458.pdf
Senate Bill 324 - http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2009/data/SB-324.pdf
The Senate Education Committee will vote on SB-324 & AB-458 on Wednesday, January 27th at 9:30am in Room 330 Southwest at the State Capitol. For those who wish to have their views heard it is imperative to contact the Senate Education Committee members listed below. IN ADDITION, please know that if the Senate Education Committee passes these measures it will go before the full Senate as early as Thursday, January 28th. Therefore it’s important to contact your Senator with your views using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
The Senate Education Committee Members are:
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
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Planned Parenthood is lobbying for Assembly Bill 653 and it’s companion legislation, Senate Bill 460. These are Bills which allows physicians and physician assistants and certified advanced practice nurse to provide “expedited partner therapy”. This legislation allows these medical professionals to prescribe, dispense or furnish to a patient an antimicrobial drug to be used by a sexual partner of the patient to treat various sexually transmitted diseases without have a physical exam of the sexual partner. These Bills also allows a pharmacist to dispense the medication even without knowing the name or address of the person for whom their prescribed. In lieu of having the unknown patient’s information they are to just put “EPT” in bold-face capital letters on the bottle.
This legislation also exempts the physician or nurse who prescribed the medication and it exempts the pharmacist who dispenses the drugs from any civil liability for injury to or the death of a patient’s sexual partner unless an act or omission of the physician, nurse or pharmacist involved “reckless, wanton, or intentional misconduct”.
The Capital Times newspaper quoted Tom Engels, vice president for public affairs for the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin, which opposes the measure as saying, “We’re really concerned about a law that would allow pharmacists to present a medicine to someone they don’t ever see. It comes down to patient safety. The pharmacist won’t know anything about other medicines the patient might be on or potential allergic reactions.”
AB-653 and SB-460 were just introduced on Thursday, January 14, 2010. Already AB-653 has a public hearing scheduled this morning, January 20, 2010 at 10:30am in room 417 North (GAR Hall) in the State Capitol. It is unknown at this time when the Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform will vote on AB-653 and pass it on to the full Assembly.
You may contact your State Representative and Senator about these pieces of legislation through the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.
Concerned individuals may also contact the Representatives on the Assembly Committee on Heath and Healthcare Reform:
Jon Richards (Milwaukee) – Chair - 1-888-534-0019
Kelda Helen Roys (Madison) – Vice Chair - (608) 266-5340
Chuck Benedict (Beloit) – 1-888-534-0045
Jennifer Shilling (LaCrosse) – 1-888-534-0095
Amy Sue Vruwink (Milladore) – 1-888-534-0070
Donna Seidel (Wausau) – 1-888-534-0085
Sandy Pasch (Whitefish Bay) – 1-888-534-0022
Penny Bernard Schaber (Appleton) – 1-888-534-0057
Leah Vukmir (Wauwatosa) – 1-888-534-0014
Kitty Rhoades (Hudson) – 1-888-529-0030
Jeff Stone (Greendale) – 1-888-534-0082
Patricia Strachota (West Bend) – 1-888-534-0058
John Nygren (Marinette) – 1-888-534-0089
SB-460 is in the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue. Although they have not scheduled a public hearing as of this writing, they can be contacted as follows:
Jon Erpenbach (Wanakee) – Chair – 1-888-549-0027
Tim Carpenter (Milwaukee) – Vice Chair – 1-800-249-8173
Judith Robson (Beloit) – 1-800-334-1468
Julie Lassa (Stevens Point) – 1-800-925-7491
Mary Lazich (New Berlin) – 1-800-334-1442
Ted Kanavas (Brookfield) – 1-800-863-8883
Alberta Darling (River Hills) – 1-800-863-1113
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Taking a position in opposition to city residents turning out for the meeting, the Oak Creek Common Council voted 3-2 granting an adult entertainment business license to “The New Spice II” at 7070 South 27th Street.
According to published reports, voting in FAVOR of issuing the license were Aldermen: Dan Jakubczyk, Daniel Bukiewicz and Tom Michalski.
Voting AGAINST were Aldermen: Steve Scaffidi and Ken Gehl.
(Alderman Michael Toman was not at the meeting).
On a side note, both Daniel Bukiewicz and Michael Toman face challengers in the Spring elections.
Monday, January 4, 2010
On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 the Oak Creek Common Council will be considering a motion to grant a new adult entertainment license to a business named “The New Spice II” at 7070 South 27th Street. That’s the very location where a previous such store was operating as Oak Creek’s only sexually oriented retailer.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls this new business an adult bookstore. The Oak Creek Common Council will meet Tuesday, January 5th at 7pm at the Oak Creek City Hall Council Chambers at 8640 South Howell Avenue. The public will have an opportunity to give input on this issue at 7pm.
In addition to being at the public hearing you may call the City of Oak Creek at (414) 768-6500. That’s (414) 768-6500. You may also contact the council members which include:
Dan Jakubczyk (414) 331-0512 or (414) 764-6752
Daniel Bukiewicz at (414) 762-2583
Steve Scaffidi at (414) 234-0635
Michael Toman at (414) 762-9009
Ken Gehl at (414) 570-0801
Tom Michalski at (414) 745-1558.
If the license is granted at the Tuesday night meeting, the new owners are prepared to open the next day. It is vital for Oak Creek residents to contact their elected officials on this matter.