Thursday, January 26, 2012

Racine Considers Domestic Partner Benefits for City Employees

Racine Alderman Robert Mozol and Alderwoman Melissa Kaprelian-Becker are requesting an ordinance that would force Racine taxpayers to fund domestic partner benefits for City of Racine employees.  This matter will be taken up by the Finance & Personnel Committee at their next meeting, Monday, February 13th at 5:00pm.  This Meeting will be held in Room 301 of the Racine City Hall, 730 Washington Avenue. To express your views you may contact the members of the Finance & Personnel Committee as follows:

Chairman:  Q.A. Shakoor, II – (262) 637-5421 / Email:
Vice Chairman:  Terry McCarthy – (262) 770-7390 / Email:
Dennis Wiser – (262) 554-6918 / Email:
Ronald Hart – (262) 633-7147 / Email:
O. Keith Fair – (262) 412-2751 / Email:

For contact information for all of the Racine Common Council, you may click here .

To contact the Mayor Dickert of Racine you may call (262) 636-9111.  You may also email your comments to him at:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Legislation Introduced to Legalize Marijuana for “Medical Necessity” in WI

Assembly Bill 475 & Senate Bill 371 have been introduced to legalize marijuana use in the state of Wisconsin for “medical necessity”.  The legislation will allow certain “qualifying patients” or give a medical defense if he or she “acquires, possesses, cultivates, transports, or uses marijuana to alleviate the symptoms or effects of his or her debilitating medical condition or treatment”.  The legislation also “prohibits the arrest or prosecution of or the imposition of any penalty on a physician who provides a written certification to a person in good faith.”

This legislation has been introduced by the following:  Senators Erpenbach & Taylor and Representatives Pocan, Berceau, Bewley, E. Coggs, Danou, Grigsby, Kessler, Pasch, Pope-Roberts, Roys, C. Taylor, Toles and Zepnick.

You can read the legislation and share your views:
AB-475  has been sent to the Assembly Committee on Health.  You may contact the members of the Assembly Committee here .

SB-371  has been sent to the Senate Committee on Health.  You may contact the members of the Senate Committee here .

You may also contact your Wisconsin legislators at 1-800-362-9472.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

AB-337 Passes Committee

Today the Assembly Education Committee passed AB-337 (Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act”) on a vote of 6-4.  This means the legislation will now go to the full Assembly.  You may share your views with your Assembly Representatives by using the links on the previous post.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Assembly Education Committee to Vote on Repealing Planned Parenthood Type Sex Education

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 11:00am, the Assembly Education Committee will be voting on Assembly Bill 337 – the “Strong Communities…Healthy Kids Act”. This legislation peels back the Planned Parenthood Human Growth & Development Mandates passed in the last session and signed into law by Jim Doyle. This new 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. To contact members of the Assembly Education Committee you may click here . If passed it will go to the full Assembly. You may contact your Representative here or call the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-362-9472. Since the Senate already passed this legislation, if the Assembly passes it in the same form, it will go to Governor Walker for his signature.