Legislative Update – January 9, 2019

As Governor Tony Evers took office on January 7, educators across Wisconsin wore #RedforEd to celebrate a lifelong educator taking top office. Governor Evers called for “putting people first” and echoed his agenda to fully fund public education, make healthcare affordable and protect people with pre-existing health conditions. Read his speech.

Governor Tony Evers has already signed four Executive Orders:

  • Prevention of Discrimination & Harassment
  • Recognizing & Respecting State Workers
  • Creating plan to expand Medicaid eligibility
  • Protecting insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

GOP Pre-Existing Conditions Bill Could Face Hurdles, Again. The Legislature is also moving quickly, with several bills circulating for co-sponsorship. Media reports that a bill to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions could face new hurdles. The bill is a repeat of one the Republican majority tried to pass in the lame duck session. Democrats voted against the measure because of several catching points that would create loopholes to guaranteeing protections. Read more.

Human Trafficking Bill Circulating. A bill that would fight human trafficking through trucker education is circulating for co-sponsorship by Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt. This legislation would establish industry-specific materials on the recognition and prevention of human trafficking for use in the instruction in driver education courses that provide instruction in the operation of commercial motor vehicles. This will affect new drivers only and has had success in Texas.

Marsy’s Law may be headed for April Ballot. A bill that spells out rights for crime victims will have joint public hearings in the state as supporters push for quick passage to get it on the April ballot. The amendment cleared the Legislature on first consideration last session, and would need to get second approval by Jan. 22 in order for it to make the April ballot. The houses are scheduled to be in Jan. 15 for their first day on the floor of the session. They are they scheduled to return Jan. 22-24, and Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Chair Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, has hopes it will be on the April ballot.