Monday, November 14, 2011

Ashland City Council Considers Ban on Prayer

The Ashland Current reports in this article  that Ashland Mayor Whalen has been urged by the Freedom From Religion Foundation to stop prayer at Council Meetings. This matter came before the Council on November 8th which has tabled this issue until their December 6th meeting. 

The question is this, “Should the Mayor and City Council of Ashland ban prayer at the City Council Meetings as requested by the Freedom From Religion Foundation?” You can share your views with the Mayor and Council using the contact numbers listed here .  (Remember the area code is “715”.)
 

Important Public Hearings This Week

Two important Public Hearings are being held this week on two separate bills:

Assembly Bill 337  – “Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act” peels back the Planned Parenthood Human Growth & Development Mandates passed in the last session.  This bill enables school districts to have an abstinence centered curriculum. Specifically, this legislation will: 1) present abstinence as the preferred behavior choice for unmarried pupils; 2) emphasize that abstinence is the only reliable way to prevent pregnancy and avoid sexually transmitted infections; 3) provide instruction in parental responsibility and the socioeconomic benefits of marriage; 4) explain pregnancy, prenatal development and childbirth; 5) explain the criminal penalties for underage sexual activity; and 6) explain the sex offender registration requirements.

The Assembly Committee on Education has called for a Public Hearing on AB-337 Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00am in Room 417 North in the State Capitol.  To contact members of this committee you may click here .  You may also contact your own legislators here  or call 1-800-362-9472.

Assembly Bill 154  prohibits coverage of abortions through health plans sold through exchanges.  The Assembly Committee on Insurance has scheduled a Public Hearing on AB-154 on Thursday, November 17th at 10:00am in Room 417 North in the State Capitol.  To contact members of the Insurance Committee you may click here .  You may also contact your own legislators here  or call 1-800-362-9472.
 

Friday, November 11, 2011

WI Governor Comes Under Fire For Recognizing Christmas

The Racine Journal Times reported in this article  that Governor “Walker said the evergreen decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star in the center of Wisconsin’s Capitol Rotunda is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as it’s been called for the past 25 years.” 

The article also pointed out that the Freedom From Religion Foundation has opposed using the term “Christmas tree” saying “it offends nonreligious people and amounts to a government endorsement of Christianity.”    Annie Laurie Gaylor, the president of the group, “called Walker’s decision rude and insensitive to non-Christians.”

The Governor’s spokesman Cullen Werwie said, “It’s a Christmas tree.  In all honesty, I don’t know what more to say about it.”

To commend Governor Walker you may call his office at (608) 266-1212.
 

Sen Kohl Votes to Repeal DOMA

On November 10th Senator Herb Kohl cast a vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of S.598 to Repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA).  Passage by the Committee of S.598 to repeal of DOMA now propels the matter to the entire Senate.

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

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
 

Monday, November 7, 2011

Senate Judiciary Committee Delays Vote to Repeal DOMA

The Senate Judiciary Committee decided during their November 3rd business meeting to hold over their vote on S.598, a bill to repeal DOMA (See below) until their next meeting.  The Committee has re-scheduled their vote for this Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 10am Eastern Time.  Senator Kohl sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  To share your views with Senator Kohl, you may use the numbers in the previous post.