Monday, October 31, 2011

Sen. Kohl to vote on repeal of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act)

S.598  is the so-called, “Respect for Marriage Act”.  The legislation is misnamed because if passed it would repeal DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act.  Sen. Kohl is presently a co-sponsor of this legislation.  The committee he sits on, the Senate Judiciary Committee will be voting this Thursday morning, November 3rd to repeal DOMA.

To share your views with Senator Kohl you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5653
Appleton (920) 738-1640
Eau Claire (715) 832-8424
La Crosse (608) 796-0045
Madison (608) 264-5338
Milwaukee (414) 297-4451
Anywhere statewide:  1-800-247-5645

If passed in the Judiciary Committee it will go before the full Senate.  To share your views with Senator Ron Johnson you may reach his offices as follows:

Washington DC  (202) 224-5323
Oshkosh (920) 230-7250
Milwaukee (414) 276-7282

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Planned Parenthood’s Comprehensive Sex Ed Challenged

Many parents across the state were outraged at the so called “Health Youth Act” which banned any school district from providing an abstinence only curriculum in human growth and development.  Legislation to rollback Planned Parenthood’s plans for the classroom was introduced as SB-237 .  This Bill will be voted on in the Senate Education Committee, Thursday, October 27th at 9:00am in Room 400 Southeast in the State Capitol.  You may contact the Committee members with your views by clicking here

Companion legislation has now been introduced in the Assembly as AB-337 .  It has been referred to the Assembly Education Committee.  You may contact these committee members with your views by clicking here .

Expanding Liquor Retail Sales Hours Advances

On Tuesday, October 25th the Wisconsin Assembly passed on a voice vote, AB-63 (see below) which enables retailers to begin selling beer and intoxicating liquor at 6:00am (unless a community passes more stringent measures).  AB-63 now advances to the Wisconsin Senate which is slated to take up this Bill and vote on it during the afternoon of Thursday, October 27th.  Those who wish to contact their Senators regarding this may do so by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Green Bay City Council Rejects Domestic Partner Benefits

Last night the Green Bay City Council voted 7-4 to block a move by Alderman Ned Dorff to grant new special benefits to the domestic partners of city employees.

Voting in favor of granting these new special benefits were:  Aldermen Amy Kocha, Dan Haefs, Ned Dorff & Brian Danzinger

Voting against the expansion of benefits were:  Aldermen Tom DeWane, Andy Nicholson, Tony Theisen, Chris Wery, Guy Zima, Steve Deneys & Pat buckley.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Senate Committee Advances Expanded Liquor Sales Bill

On a 4-1 vote today, the Senate Judiciary, Utilities, Commerce and Government Operations Committee advanced SB-44, legislation which increases the number of hours that retailers can sell beer and intoxicating liquor.  An amendment  was also passed enabling municipalities to impose more restrictive hours than those provided in the Bill.  SB-44  will now advance to the full Senate.  It’s companion legislation, AB-63  also passed recently in Committee and is also advanced to the full Assembly. To share your views with legislators you may use the Legislative Hotline at 1-800- 362-9472.  For direct numbers or to find out who your legislators are, you may click here .