Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Senate Bill Introduced to Mirror Assembly Version Disenfranchising Voters

The companion bill to AB-751 (promoting the national popular vote discussed below) has now been introduced.  It is SB-549.  You can access the bill here:
 
SB-549 has been placed in the Senate Committee on Labor, Elections and Urban Affairs.  Committee members include:
Sen. Spencer Coggs - 1-877-474-2000
Sen. Robert Wirch – 1-888-769-4724
Sen. John Lehman – 1-866-615-7510
Sen. Alan Lasee – (608) 266-3512
Sen. Glenn Grothman – 1-800-662-1227
 

WI Senate Passes Expedited Partner Therapy on Party Line Vote

Today the Wisconsin State Senate passed SB-460 on a party line vote 17-15 with all Republicans voting in opposition to the legislation (Senator Lena Taylor did not vote).  SB-460 will now go the State Assembly for consideration.  You may contact your Assemblyman with your views at 1-800-362-9472.
 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wisconsin Senate to Vote on Expedited Partner Therapy

The full Wisconsin State Senate will be voting Tuesday, February 23, 2010 on SB- 460, “Expedited Partner Therapy”.  In review:  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”.

Groups lobbying for Expedited Partner Therapy include Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice Wisconsin.

To read the bill, follow this link:

This is your last opportunity to contact your senators on SB-460.  You may call for them using the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.  .  For direct contact to their offices you may use this link:

Identical legislation (AB-653) is also pending action in the State Assembly.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Proposed Legislation Can Circumvent Vote of Wisconsin Residents

In a move to circumvent the purpose and protections of the Electoral College established by the United States Constitution, Legislators have drafted Assembly Bill 751 to elect the President of the United States by means of a national popular vote. This bill will ratify an agreement among the states that Wisconsin will certify the electors of the party who win the national popular vote for President and Vice President as the winning slate of presidential electors in the state. They will award the electors even if the people in Wisconsin voted for a candidate who did not claim the national popular vote.

Eagle Forum has provided helpful information as to the dangers of succumbing to such a change:

AB-751 was introduced on February 15, 2010. On the same day it was announced that AB-751 is having a public hearing Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at 1:00pm in the North hearing Room (2nd Floor North) of the State Capitol.

With legislators running out of time this spring to enact legislation, it appears AB- 751 is heading very fast down the track toward passage.

To weigh in on this legislation you may contact your Representative at the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472. For direct contact to your legislator’s office you may follow this link:

AB-751 will have it’s hearing before the Assembly Committee on Elections and Campaign Reform. Those who sit on this committee are:
Rep. Jeff Smith (Chair) 1-888-534-0093
Rep. James Soletski (Vice-Chair) 1-888-534-0088
Rep. Fred Kessler 1-888-534-0012
Rep. Annette Polly Williams 1-888-534-0010
Rep. Kelda Helen Roys (608) 266-5340
Rep. Jeff Stone 1-888-534-0082
Rep. Donald Pridemore 1-888-534-0099
Rep. Roger Roth 1-888-534-0056

Friday, February 12, 2010

Expedited Partner Therapy Passes Senate Committee

On Thursday, February 11th the Wisconsin Senate Health Committee approved on a party-line vote, SB-460 the “Expedited Partner Therapy Act”.  (See full discussion below).  All Democrats on the committee voted in favor of SB-460, all Republicans on the committee voted in opposition.

Voting in favor of the legislation were Senators Erpenbach, Carpenter, Robson, and Lassa.
Voting against were Senators Lazich, Kanavas, and Darling.

Since SB-460 and it’s companion legislation AB-653 have passed both the Senate and Assembly Committees these bills now advance to the full Senate and the full Assembly for an up or down vote.  These legislative bodies next meet on February 16th and again during the week of February 22nd.  To weigh in on this issue you must contact your legislator by calling them at 1-800-362-9472.  For direct contact to their offices you may use this link:
 

Friday, February 5, 2010

Senate Committee on Health to Vote on Expedited Partner Therapy

On Thursday, February 11th the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue will be voting on SB-460, “Expedited Partner Therapy”.  (See explanation below)  The committee will meet Thursday at 10:00am in Room 300 Southeast at the State Capitol.  The Assembly companion legislation (AB-653) has already passed the Assembly Health Committee and is pending full Assembly action.  If this Senate committee passes SB-460 it will also advance to the full Wisconsin State Senate.  It is important for constituents to contact your own Senators at 1-800-362-9472 on this measure.  You may also contact the committee members 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, February 3, 2010

Assembly Health Committee Passes Expedited Partner Therapy

This morning on a 7-4 partisan vote, the Wisconsin Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform passed the Bill promoting “Expedited Partner Therapy”.  All Democrats present this morning voted in favor, all Republicans presented voted in opposition.   The measure now will move on to the full Wisconsin Assembly.  Your voice needs to be heard by your Representative at 1-800-362-9472.  Action is also still pending in the Senate.
 

Monday, February 1, 2010

Assembly Committee to Vote Wednesday on “Expedited Partner Therapy”

Another bill lobbied by Planned Parenthood is quickly making its way through the Assembly Committee on Health and Healthcare Reform and will be voted on this Wednesday, February 3rd at 10:30am in room 417 North (GAR Hall) at the State Capitol. 

AB-653  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 was just introduced on Thursday, January 14, 2010 and is on a fast track for passage.  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

It’s companion legislation, SB-460 is in the Senate Committee on Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief, and Revenue.  A public hearing was also held on this legislation and no doubt will be voted on by committee members soon. 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