Monday, August 15, 2011

Important Public Hearing This Week

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary and Ethics will be holding a Public Hearing this Thursday, August 18th at 11:00am in room 417 North in the State Capitol. Members of the public are invited to speak out on:
Assembly Joint Resolution 26  – relating to deleting from the constitution the offices of secretary of state and treasurer (first consideration); and
Assembly Bill 153  – which fines legislators $500 per day for absence without leave from a legislative session.

In addition to these two items, this Committee will also vote on Assembly Bill 69   relating to the privilege of self-defense.

You may contact member of the committee here .  To share your views with your Assemblyman you may call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to Sign Domestic Partner Benefits Bill

With looming deficits and moral decay increasing, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele’s office announced this morning that he will be signing the Domestic Partner Benefits Resolution this afternoon at 3:00pm.  To share your views you may call the County Executive’s Office at (414) 278-4211.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Milwaukee County Board Forces Taxpayers to Fund New Benefits

Despite a looming $55 million shortfall for 2012, on Thursday, July 28th the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors on a 13-5 vote approved a measure championed by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele to force County taxpayers to fund domestic partner benefits for Milwaukee County Employees.

Supervisors voting in favor of this new benefit include:  Eyon Biddle, Gerry Broderick, Lynne De Bruin, Marina Dimitrijevic, Jason Haas, Nikiya Harris, Lee Holloway, Willie Johnson, Patricia Jursik, Theo Lipscomb, Peggy Romo West, Johnny Thomas & John Weishan.

Supervisors voting against the new benefit include:  Mark Borkowski, Paul Cesarz, Joseph Rice, Joe Sanfelippo, and Jim “Luigi” Schmitt.

The new benefits take effect January 1, 2012.