Legislative Bulletin, April 7, 2010
Right to Know for Corrections Officers:
Senate Bill 547, which would give corrections officers the right to know if an inmate has a contagious disease, received a unanimous vote of approval from the Senate Committee on Public Health this week. The Public Health Committee’s action now makes SB 547 available to be scheduled for a full vote of the Senate. AFSCME is lobbying Senate leadership to put the bill on the calendar.
Dues Deduction Bill Receives Public Hearing
Assembly Bill 916, which would allow retirees in the Wisconsin Retirement System to choose to have their union dues voluntarily deducted from their pensions, received a public hearing in the Assembly Labor Committee this week. Identical legislation, Senate Bill 390, was recommended for passage by the Senate Labor committee last month, and awaits scheduling for the floor by the Senate Organization Committee, Chaired by Senator Majority Leader Russ Decker. AFSCME is working diligently to get these bills passed before session ends.
Bill Revising to Child Care Background Check Law Sees Committee Action
Assembly Bill 887 and Senate Bill 642, companion bills that would revise the recently passed child care background check statutes, both saw action in the respective house committees in recent weeks. A hearing was held on AB 887 two weeks ago in which AFSCME child care providers testified in favor of the bill. The Assembly Children and Families voted on the bill the same day, recommending the bill’s passage to the full Assembly on a 7 – 0 vote. A public hearing was held on SB 642 in the Senate Children and Families committee last week, with AFSCME child care providers again offering testimony in support of the legislation. That committee has yet to schedule a vote on the bill.
If these bills were to become law, persons convicted of property crime, a background check violation, or public assistance fraud would see their bar from running a child care facility reduced from a permanent ban to five years. The bill would also allow providers to appeal some five year bars for people residing at their home to the Department of Children and Families if the provider can show that the person residing at their residence doesn’t pose a threat to the children in their care.
Session Wrapping Up
The Assembly and Senate will meet again the week of April 12 and the week of April 19. This is the last regular floor period for 2010, making time short to get these, and any other bills, passed into law before session ends.
For more information, contact the AFSCME lobbyists at 608-836-6666.