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The State Bar is led by a 52-member Board of Governors, including the association's five officers and the immediate past president, who are elected by the membership or appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The organization operates under the rules of the supreme court and the State Bar's bylaws.

The Board of Governors works with the Government Relations staff on a wide variety of issues and policy decisions important to the legal profession, the general public, and the justice system. The Board adopts public policy positions on behalf of the entire organization, consistent with the State Bar's mission.

 

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State Bar Position Statements

The State Bar of Wisconsin takes legislative positions on general policy items of importance to the legal profession. By a 60 percent majority vote, the Board of Governors has the authority to determine the legislative positions of the State Bar.

The following are guiding principles for the State Bar's public policy positions. Specific examples of issues which fall under those guiding principles are also included.

The six principles include:

  • Regulation of the Practice of Law
  • Delivery of Legal Services
  • Administration of Justice
  • Funding of the Justice System
  • Criminal Practice and Procedure
  • Civil Practice and Procedure

If you have any questions, please contact State Bar Government Relations Staff

Current Legislation

 

Previous Sessions


2015-2016

  • Assembly

      • Assembly 820 (820)
      • Relating to exempting attorneys from regulation as adjustment service companies
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 202 (202)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 143
      • Relating to bulk transfers of inventory.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 110
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 549 (549)
      • Companion Bill: SB 416
      • Relating to: adopting amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, relating to secured transactions, recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 590 (590)
      • Relating to elimination of an exception for spiritual treatment of a child in the law criminalizing physical abuse of a child and in the laws governing the practice of medicine or surgery, the investigation of child abuse or neglect, the administration of psychotropic medication to juveniles in correctional custody, the election of Christian Science treatment in lieu of medical or surgical treatment, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 30 (30)
      • Companion Bill: SB 82
      • Relating to delegation by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child of powers regarding the care and custody of the child by a power of attorney.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 87
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 54 (54)
      • Relating to equalizing physical placement to the highest degree, requiring the court to state the reasons for ordering sole legal custody or not equalizing physical placement, and standards for modifying legal custody or physical placement.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 249 (249)
      • Relating to privileged communications to a school guidance counselor, school teacher, or teacher's aide.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 240 (240)
      • Companion Bill: SB 173
      • Relating to the disclosure of electronic juvenile court records to law enforcement agencies and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 193 (193)
      • Companion Bill: SB 141
      • Relating to: the notification of relatives when a child is removed from the custody of the child's parent and placement of a child with a parent of a sibling of the child who has custody of the sibling.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 101
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 51 (51)
      • Relating to: creating family treatment court and juvenile treatment court grant programs in the department of children and families and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 267 (267)
      • Companion Bill: SB 200
      • Relating to: the investigation of a child abuse report in which a person who is not a caregiver of the child is suspected of permitting, allowing, or encouraging the child to engage in prostitution; and prohibiting prosecuting a person under the age of 18 with committing an act of prostitution.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 528 (528)
      • Relating to: the disclaimer of parental rights by a birth parent and his or her appearance in court.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 353 (353)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 240
      • Relating to restoring the right to vote to certain persons barred from voting as a result of a felony conviction and changing the information required on voter registration forms.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 511 (511)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 336
      • Relating to requiring a person arrested for a felony or a juvenile taken into custody for certain sexual assault offenses to provide a biological specimen for deoxyribonucleic acid analysis, inclusion of the analysis results in the Department of Justice deoxyribonucleic acid data bank, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 231 (231)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 196
      • Relating to the time within which a complaint may be filed or a civil action may be brought alleging a violation of the family and medical leave law and the procedures governing an appeal of a determination of the Department of Workforce Development under that law.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 333 (333)
      • Companion Bill: SB 235
      • Relating to limiting disclosure of information gathered by news persons.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 400
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 854 (854)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 612
      • Relating to prohibiting consideration of any conviction record of an applicant for employment before the applicant has been selected for an interview.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 154 (154)
      • Companion Bill: SB92
      • Relating to prohibiting coverage of abortions through health plans sold through exchanges.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 168 (168)
      • Companion Bill: SB141
      • Relating to resolution of claims against the state for wrongful imprisonment of innocent persons and exempting from taxation certain amounts an individual receives from the claims board or legislature.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 509 (509)
      • Companion Bill: SB 399
      • Relating to: the admissibility of hearsay evidence at a preliminary examination.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 122 (122)
      • Companion Bill: SB 86
      • Relating to permitting an educational agency to refuse to employ or to terminate from employment an unpardoned felon.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 7 (7)
      • Companion Bill: SB 6
      • Relating to requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot, verification of the addresses of electors, absentee voting procedure in certain residential care apartment complexes and adult family homes, identification cards issued by the Department of Transportation, creating an identification certificate issued by the Department of Transportation, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 23
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 123 (123)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 98
      • Relating to appellate procedure regarding commitments of persons found not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect and commitments of sexually violent persons.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 26
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 122 (122)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 99
      • Relating to appellate time limits and procedure.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 25
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 124 (124)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 100
      • Relating to appellate procedure.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 590 (590)
      • Relating to elimination of an exception for spiritual treatment of a child in the law criminalizing physical abuse of a child and in the laws governing the practice of medicine or surgery, the investigation of child abuse or neglect, the administration of psychotropic medication to juveniles in correctional custody, the election of Christian Science treatment in lieu of medical or surgical treatment, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 69 (69)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 79
      • Relating to the privilege of self-defense
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 94
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 307 (307)
      • Companion Bill: SB217
      • Relating to suspension of operating privilege or registration for unsatisfied judgment for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 567 (567)
      • Relating to licensure of commercial bail bond agents and bail bond agencies and certification of commercial bail recovery agents, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 383 (383)
      • Relating to criminal procedure and providing penalties.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 704 (704)
      • Companion Bill: SB 529
      • Relating to uniform power of attorney for finances and property.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 319
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 691 (691)
      • Companion Bill: SB 503
      • Relating to requiring certain county agencies to petition a court to freeze accounts of certain individuals being financially exploited.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 259 (259)
      • Relating to the care and treatment of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia in residential care facilities, reports on residential care facilities, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 389 (389)
      • Companion Bill: SB 538
      • Relating to requiring nursing homes to notify residents of certain alleged violations and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 477 (477)
      • Companion Bill: SB 380
      • Relating to removing cap on enrollment of Family Care and other long-term care programs.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 630 (630)
      • Companion Bill: SB 510
      • Relating to special enrollment periods for Medicare supplement policies.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 674 (674)
      • Companion Bill: SB 487
      • Relating to: visitation of residents of certain facilities by adult children.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 343
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 786 (786)
      • Companion Bill: SB 749
      • Relating to: report on dementia crisis unit pilot program and placement of individuals with dementia.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 272
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 791 (791)
      • Companion Bill: SB 748
      • Relating to: informed consent for psychotropic medications in nursing homes and community-based residential facilities.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 792 (792)
      • Companion Bill: SB 760
      • Relating to: referrals for subjects of alerts for missing adults and operator's license review.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 790 (790)
      • Companion Bill: SB 694
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 274
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 784 (784)
      • Relating to: funding for the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 783 (783)
      • Relating to: funding for a virtual dementia tour license and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 788 (788)
      • Relating to: funding for dementia care specialists in aging and disability resource centers and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 787 (787)
      • Relating to: funding for respite care under the Alzheimer's Family and Caregiver Support Program and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 273
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 785 (785)
      • Companion Bill: SB 750
      • Relating to: dementia specialist certification program.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 54 (54)
      • Relating to equalizing physical placement to the highest degree, requiring the court to state the reasons for ordering sole legal custody or not equalizing physical placement, and standards for modifying legal custody or physical placement.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 271 (271)
      • Companion Bill: SB 534
      • Relating to ordering support for an adult disabled child.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 249 (249)
      • Relating to privileged communications to a school guidance counselor, school teacher, or teacher's aide.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 235 (235)
      • Relating to approving premarital agreements.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 134 (134)
      • Relating to termination of maintenance upon the payee’s or payer’s death and notices relating to maintenance.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 211 (211)
      • Relating to a presumption that equalizing physical placement to the highest degree is in the child's best interest.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 540 (540)
      • Relating to a presumption that equalizing physical placement to the highest degree is in the child's best interest and child support changes, including prohibiting basing support on income over $150,000 per year, deducting the amount of health insurance premiums from the support amount, prohibiting increasing support above the standard amount, prohibiting orders that set minimum future support amounts, and requiring a support revision if there has been a substantial change in circumstances.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 816 (816)
      • Rationale: AB 816 recognizes same-sex marriage by making references in the statutes to spouses gender neutral. The bill also recognizes legal parentage for same-sex couples. The section board supports this legislation because they believe the statutes should be updated to reflect the legal rights given to same sex couples – both marital and parental. The term “husband” and “wife” are no longer accurate to describe a married couple/parental unit and the statutes should be updated to reflect that fact and be inclusive of all marital relationships and parental units.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 30 (30)
      • Companion Bill: SB 82
      • Relating to delegation by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child of powers regarding the care and custody of the child by a power of attorney.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 87
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 396 (396)
      • Companion Bill: SB313
      • Relating to relinquishing custody of a newborn child.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 405 (405)
      • Companion Bill: SB 326
      • Relating to relinquishing custody of a newborn child.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 297 (297)
      • Companion Bill: SB 317
      • Relating to the use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots, and team names by school boards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 115
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 336 (336)
      • Relating to immunity from liability for, and disclosure of patient information by, a health care provider, health care facility, or employee of a health care provider or health care facility that, in good faith, reports or provides information about a violation of the law or of a clinical or ethical standard, unprofessional conduct, or negligence in treating a patient by a health care provider, health care facility, or employee or former employee of a health care provider or health care facility.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 147 (147)
      • Companion Bill: SB103
      • Relating to inadmissibility of a statement of apology or condolence by a health care provider.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 120 (120)
      • Companion Bill: SB 129
      • Relating to: inadmissibility of a statement of apology or condolence by a health care provider.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 242
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 501 (501)
      • Companion Bill: AB 724
      • Relating to: various changes to the worker's compensation law, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 180
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 540 (540)
      • Companion Bill: SB 408
      • Relating to: the liability of an adult sponsor of a minor applicant for a motor vehicle operator's license.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 202
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 392 (392)
      • Relating to finance charges for licensed lenders (payday loans).
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 131 (131)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 120
      • Relating to pleading requirements of assignees of creditors under the Wisconsin Consumer Act.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 729 (729)
      • Relating to residential mortgage loan foreclosures.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 878 (878)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 633
      • Relating to a grant for providing assistance to individuals to obtain and maintain health care benefits and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 286 (286)
      • Companion Bill: SB207
      • Relating to permitting an employer to refuse to employ or to bar or terminate from employment an individual who has been convicted of a felony and who has not been pardoned for that felony and preempting cities, villages, towns, and counties from adopting provisions concerning employment discrimination based on arrest or conviction record that prohibit activity that is allowed under the state fair employment law.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 312 (312)
      • Companion Bill: SB 206
      • Relating to Implementing federal health insurance law.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 150 (150)
      • Companion Bill: SB99
      • Relating to interest rates on payday loans and loans by licensed lenders.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 222 (222)
      • Relating to requiring documentary evidence of citizenship or satisfactory immigration status for public assistance programs, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 210 (210)
      • Relating to implementing health insurance reform, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule?making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 244 (244)
      • Companion Bill: SB175
      • Relating to restricting eligibility for the homestead tax credit.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 307 (307)
      • Companion Bill: SB217
      • Relating to suspension of operating privilege or registration for unsatisfied judgment for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 561 (561)
      • Companion Bill: SB 466
      • Relating to miscellaneous landlord-tenant provisions and prohibiting a local government from imposing a moratorium on eviction actions.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 530 (530)
      • Relating to reports on implementation of federal health reform.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 531 (531)
      • Relating to requiring legislation for agencies to take an action to, request federal moneys to, and use state moneys to assist the federal government to implement federal health reform.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 582 (582)
      • Relating to regulation of rental-purchase agreements and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 155 (155)
      • Companion Bill: SB 107
      • Relating to prohibiting ordinances that place certain limits on landlords
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 28 (28)
      • Companion Bill: SJR 21
      • Relating to the right of the people to contract privately for health care services and health care coverage, and prohibiting requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan (first consideration).
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 53 (53)
      • Companion Bill: SB 38
      • Relating to: Medical Assistance for certain adults who are not currently eligible for traditional Medicaid or BadgerCare Plus.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 200 (200)
      • Companion Bill: SB 182
      • Relating to: the law governing repair, replacement, and refund under a motor vehicle warranty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 101
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 222 (222)
      • Relating to: photo identification cards for FoodShare recipients.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 140 (140)
      • Relating to: annual statements showing total public assistance and unemployment insurance benefits received.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 176 (176)
      • Relating to: reporting of the principal place of employment of certain individuals who make political contributions.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 469 (469)
      • Companion Bill: SB 582
      • Relating to: use of changing rooms by pupils.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 592 (592)
      • Companion Bill: SB 438
      • Relating to: the location of operations of a collection agency and persons employed by a collection agency.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 239
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 604 (604)
      • Companion Bill: SB 462
      • Relating to: suspension of operating privilege for failure to pay monetary judgment.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 234
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 21 (21)
      • Companion Bill: SB 21
      • Relating to: state finances and appropriations, constituting the executive budget act of the 2015 legislature.
      • Position: No Position
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 55
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 260 (260)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 117
      • Relating to extraterritorial plat approval on basis of land's use.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 399
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 704 (704)
      • Companion Bill: SB 529
      • Relating to uniform power of attorney for finances and property.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 319
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 374 (374)
      • Companion Bill: SB 279
      • Relating to: real estate transfer fee returns for conveyances exempt from the fee.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 145
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 465 (465)
      • Companion Bill: SB 344
      • Relating to: limiting adverse possession of real property.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 200
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 695 (695)
      • Companion Bill: SB 715
      • Relating to: creating the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 300
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 189 (189)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 160
      • Relating to increasing the amount of the homestead exemption.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 224 (224)
      • Relating to the reimbursement rate for private attorneys appointed by the State Public Defender.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 291 (291)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 203
      • Relating to claims for loss of society and companionship in medical malpractice cases.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 891 (891)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 636
      • Relating to imposing a surcharge for certain forfeitures and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 732 (732)
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a criminal law, a civil law, or a municipal ordinance is subject to circuit court or municipal court jurisdiction rather than juvenile court jurisdiction; creating a community youth and family aids surcharge; authorizing the Department of Corrections to set the youth aids daily rates for care of a juvenile in a juvenile correctional facility or a treatment facility; providing an exemption from rule-making procedures; and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 173 (173)
      • Relating to local ordinances, determining the lawful presence of a person arrested for or charged with a crime or certain civil violations, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 109 (109)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 74
      • Relating to eliminating substitution of judges in criminal matters.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 4 (4)
      • Companion Bill: SB 7
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits, permissible policy provisions, and proof of financial responsibility.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 14
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 18 (18)
      • Companion Bill: SB 15
      • Relating to collection and analysis of motor vehicle traffic stop information and law enforcement training standards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 488 (488)
      • Companion Bill: SB 394
      • Relating to establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 538 (538)
      • Companion Bill: SB 373
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 544 (544)
      • Companion Bill: SB 373
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 243 (243)
      • Companion Bill: SB 235
      • Relating to: increasing the rate paid to private attorneys for representing indigent clients.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 387 (387)
      • Companion Bill: SB 308
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a criminal law, a civil law, or a municipal ordinance and who is not alleged to have committed certain violent offences or has not previously been convicted of a crime or adjudicated delinquent is subject to juvenile court jurisdiction.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 347 (347)
      • Relating to: battery and threats to a judge, a prosecutor, a public defender, or a law enforcement officer and providing a criminal penalty. (FE)
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Budget

      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to licensure of commercial bail bond agents and bail bond agencies and certification of commercial bail recovery agents, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to Pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to active support of the restoration of funding that provides guardianship support services which has been proposed to be cut in the biennial budget (AB 75, page 257, line 14).
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 27
      • Relating to capping enrollment in the Family Care programs (Family Care, Partnership, Pace and IRIS programs) in each county at the number of people participating in that county on June 20, 2011.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 32
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to provisions in the 2013 state budget bill, AB 40, relating to living and pooled trusts, estate recovery and divestments.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to provisions contained in the 2013 state budget bill, AB 40, that make changes to the Medical Assistance Purchase Plan (MAPP).
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to provisions contained in the 2013 state budget bill, AB 40, calling for the elimination of Informal Work Arrangements.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to the inclusion of amendment language in the 2013 state budget bill, AB 40, which expands Medicaid up to 133% of FPL under the Affordable Care Act.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to Pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to provisions in the 2015 state budget bill, AB 21, that change the governance of Family Care and the Aging and Disability Resource Centers in Wisconsin.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to Medical Assistance, estate recovery and marital property provisions contained in the 2013 state budget bill, AB 40.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 27
      • Relating to deadline for compliance regarding the termination of the use of race-based nicknames, logos, mascots, or team names
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 32
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Companion Bill: SB 27
      • Relating to provisions of the proposed state budget that aim to repeal Section 146.83, Wis. Stats. and which allow medical record fees to be set by administrative rule rather than by the current statute.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 32
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 27
      • Relating to amending the proposed state budget regarding payment of settlements under liability insurance policies.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 32
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to provisions of AB 40 that change Medicaid/BadgerCare Plus.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to the Governor's proposal to move transit out of the transportation fund and into the general fund.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to language in the budget that states “Revise state statutes related to rental-purchase agreements to create more choices for Wisconsin consumers.”
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to the elimination of administrative hearings on no probable cause findings regarding complaints alleging discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other applicable statutes; and the proposed elimination of five ALJ positions as they relate to the elimination of probable cause hearings in the Equal Rights Division.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to caps on attorney fees in appeals of eminent domain proceedings.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to changes to contributory negligence and joint and several liability.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to repeal of anti-stacking provisions related to automobile insurance.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Passed
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to increase in court interpreter reimbursement.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Passed
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to civil legal services for the indigent.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to caseload standards for individual Public Defender staff attorneys.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to support of reasonable caseload standards for prosecutors that will ensure effective representation of the public in criminal cases. The State Bar of Wisconsin supports General Purpose Revenue funding for additional staff necessary to maintain reasonable caseloads in District Attorney offices. Understaffing of District Attorney’s offices threatens the quality of justice in the criminal justice system by depriving the public of effective representation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to consolidation of state attorney positions into Department of Administration.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Passed in part, failed in part
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to eligibility to receive appointed counsel.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed but passed as separate legislation SB 263
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to the reimbursement rate for private attorneys appointed by the State Public Defender.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to adding language in the state budget bill, AB 40, that provides state general purpose revenue funding to give civil legal assistance by lawyers to low-income citizens.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to Pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to adequate funding of the Judicial Branch of government.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed with Amendment
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to compensation, including benefit packages, that are adequate to attract and retain experienced and qualified attorneys employed by the State of Wisconsin.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (0)
      • Relating to providing compensation, including benefit packages, that are adequate to attract and retain public defenders.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget ()
      • Relating to active monitoring of changes concerning Sections 1796, 1810, and 1854, which deal with the Tax Appeals Commission in the Department of Revenue.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Changes made by Legislature match requested changes by section
      • Bill Text
  • Federal

      • Federal ()
      • The Indian Law Section voted to actively support submitting comments to the Department of Justice’s regarding funding priorities for tribal programs pursuant to FY 2012 appropriations under the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act.
      • Position: Active Support
  • Policy

      • Policy ()
      • Relating to proposed guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Policy 0 (0)
      • Relating to juvenile guardianship legislation (redraft of 2011 SB 560).
      • Position: Active Support
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to the drafting and introduction of legislation to partially reverse 2005 Act 442 and create a uniform 30-day time for service of a responsive pleading, rather than the 20-day time to answer created by Act 442.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Did not pass
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to the deadline and procedure for voter registration and determination of residency for voting purposes.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to State Facilites Access Policies announced by the Department of Administration on December 16, 201.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to replacement of life insurance or annuity contracts; disclosure requirements.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 344 and 2009 Wisconsin Act 343
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to regulating the use of “senior designations” by sellers of life insurance, annuities and health insurance to senior citizens and retired persons.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Rule promulgated
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to fair hearings and continuation of benefits pending the outcome of a grievance, department review, or fair hearing under the family care program.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Section language adopted, rule modified and promulgated
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to adult guardianship and protective service system trailer bill.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Bill not introduced
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to physician orders on life-sustaining treatment (POLST).
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to be introduced
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ proposed Maintenance of Effort (MOE) waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • The Elder Law Section has reaffirmed their 2009-2010 position to actively support proactive legislation regarding adult guardianship and protective service system trailer bill.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Policy 0 (0)
      • Relating to legislative proposals and government agency policies related to living and pooled trusts, estate recovery and divestment.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to the drafting and introduction of legislation to partially reverse 2005 Act 442 and create a uniform 30-day time for service of a responsive pleading, rather than the 20-day time to answer created by Act 442.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Did not pass
      • Bill Text
      • Policy 905055 (905055)
      • Relating to the Judicial Council’s proposed change to Sec. 905.055 on Expert Witness Privilege.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy ()
      • The Public Interest Law Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin actively supports the drafting and introduction of legislation to increase the jurisdictional limits under the Wisconsin Consumer Act.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Did not pass
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to health insurance without mandated benefits, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule?making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to allowing out of state insurers to offer health care plans that are exempt from certain laws to employers and individuals in this state and granting rule?making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services’ proposed Maintenance of Effort (MOE) waiver request to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill Text
      • Policy ()
      • Relating to implementing federal health insurance law changes.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Policy ()
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill Text
  • Senate

      • Senate 255 (255)
      • Relating to notification of default and mediation regarding residential real property subject to foreclosure and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 472 (472)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 687
      • Relating to adopting revised article 1 of the Uniform Commercial Code concerning general provisions.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 320
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 480 (480)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 688
      • Relating to adopting revised Article 7 of the Uniform Commercial Code, concerning documents of title
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 322
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 286 (286)
      • Relating to collection agencies
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 404
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 416 (416)
      • Companion Bill: AB 549
      • Relating to: adopting amendments to the Uniform Commercial Code Article 9, relating to secured transactions, recommended by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 206
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 116 (116)
      • Companion Bill: AB 115
      • Relating to: remittance transfers under the Uniform Commercial Code Article 4A, relating to funds transfers.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 33
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 657 (657)
      • Companion Bill: AB 837
      • Relating to: adopting revisions to the state's uniform partnership law, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a criminal penalty.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 295
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 140 (140)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 214
      • Relating to post-termination of parental rights contact between a child and a birth relative of the child and disclosure of the report of an investigation of the home of a proposed adoptive parent on the request of the proposed adoptive parent.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 288 (288)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 421
      • Relating to Indian child welfare.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 94
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 384 (384)
      • Relating to defense to criminal prosecutions for parent or guardian for using spiritual treatment in lieu of medical treatment on a child and the election of Christian Science treatment for a child in lieu of medical or surgical treatment for the cure of disease.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 706 (706)
      • Relating to guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 375 (375)
      • Companion Bill: AB 550
      • Relating to the exchange of electronic records contained in the Consolidated Court Automation Program and in the Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System between the director of state courts and the Department of Children and Families and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 173 (173)
      • Companion Bill: AB240
      • Relating to the disclosure of electronic juvenile court records to law enforcement agencies and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 270
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 560 (560)
      • Relating to guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 82 (82)
      • Companion Bill: AB 30
      • Relating to delegation by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child of powers regarding the care and custody of the child by a power of attorney.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 504 (504)
      • Companion Bill: AB 664
      • Relating to waiver of a parent's right to counsel in a contested adoption or an involuntary termination of parental rights proceeding for failure to personally appear as ordered by the juvenile court.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 337
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 353 (353)
      • Companion Bill: AB 478
      • Relating to: disclosure of pupil records that are pertinent to addressing a pupil's educational needs to the Department of Children and Families, a county department of human services or social services, or a tribal organization that is legally responsible for the care and protection of the pupil.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 161
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 253 (253)
      • Companion Bill: AB 339
      • Relating to: eligibility for monthly subsidized guardianship payments of a person who develops a familial relationship with a child or the child's family during the child's placement in out-of-home care, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 143
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 426 (426)
      • Companion Bill: AB 574
      • Relating to: the disclosure of electronic juvenile court records to a county department of human services or social services for purposes of providing intake and depositional services.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 144
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 387 (387)
      • Companion Bill: AB 514
      • Relating to: procedures for changing the placement of a child who is subject to a temporary physical custody order or termination of parental rights order of the juvenile court, procedures for amending a consent decree of the juvenile court, emergency change-in-placement procedures for a child who is placed in his or her own home under a dispositional order of the juvenile court, venue in post-dispositional proceedings under the Children's Code and Juvenile Justice Code, procedures for requesting and objecting to a proposed change in placement of a child and for changing the placement of a child when no objection is filed, the appointment of a successor guardian for a child who is subject to a termination of parental rights order of the juvenile court, case closure orders with respect to a child whose dispositional order is terminated, and the effective period of a temporary physical custody order of the juvenile court.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 373
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 19 (19)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 36
      • Relating to waiver of sovereign immunity for violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, Fair Labor Standards Act, or Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 or of Title I of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 20 (20)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 31
      • Relating to authorizing the circuit court to order a person who engages in discrimination in employment to pay compensatory and punitive damages and a surcharge and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 197 (197)
      • Relating to damages for frivolous claims.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 6 (6)
      • Companion Bill: AB 7
      • Relating to requiring certain identification in order to vote at a polling place or obtain an absentee ballot, verification of the addresses of electors, absentee voting procedure in certain residential care apartment complexes and adult family homes, identification cards issued by the Department of Transportation, creating an identification certificate issued by the Department of Transportation, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 8 (8)
      • Relating to conforming the state family and medical leave law to the federal family and medical leave law and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 86 (86)
      • Companion Bill: AB 122
      • Relating to permitting an educational agency to refuse to employ or to terminate from employment an unpardoned felon.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 83
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 399 (399)
      • Companion Bill: AB 509
      • Relating to: the admissibility of hearsay evidence at a preliminary examination.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 285
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 92 (92)
      • Companion Bill: AB 154
      • Relating to prohibiting coverage of abortions through health plans sold through exchanges.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 218
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 141 (141)
      • Companion Bill: AB 168
      • Relating to resolution of claims against the state for wrongful imprisonment of innocent persons and exempting from taxation certain amounts an individual receives from the claims board or legislature.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 22 (22)
      • Relating to reckless homicide of a child by a parent or caregiver and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 217 (217)
      • Companion Bill: AB 307
      • Relating to suspension of operating privilege or registration for unsatisfied judgment for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 112
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 79 (79)
      • Companion Bill: AB 69
      • Relating to the privilege of self-defense.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 322 (322)
      • Companion Bill: AB 460
      • Relating to: resolution of claims against the state for wrongful imprisonment of innocent persons, exempting from taxation certain amounts an individual receives from the claims board or legislature, health benefits for wrongfully imprisoned persons, and making appropriations.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 609 (609)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 526
      • Relating to requiring informed consent before administration of psychotropic medication to a nursing home resident who has degenerative brain disorder.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 281
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 513 (513)
      • Companion Bill: AB 758
      • Relating to life settlements, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 344
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 572 (572)
      • Companion Bill: AB 811
      • Relating to suitability of annuity contracts and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 343
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 670 (670)
      • Relating to disposal of decedent’s property.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 341
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 380 (380)
      • Companion Bill: AB 477
      • Relating to removing cap on enrollment of Family Care and other long-term care programs.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 127
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 510 (510)
      • Companion Bill: AB 630
      • Relating to special enrollment periods for Medicare supplement policies.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 577 (577)
      • Relating to protective placement.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 384 (384)
      • Companion Bill: AB 490
      • Relating to the laws of trusts, the Uniform Trust Code, the Uniform Principal and Income Act, powers of appointment, and changes to estate recovery and divestment provisions relating to public assistance programs.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 92
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 165 (165)
      • Companion Bill: AB 236
      • Relating to: tax-exempt accounts for qualified expenses incurred by individuals with disabilities and granting rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 332 (332)
      • Companion Bill: AB 508
      • Relating to submitting custody study reports to the court and parties and admitting custody study reports in accordance with the rules of evidence.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 187
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 381 (381)
      • Companion Bill: AB 559
      • Relating to notice of firearm prohibition when served with notice of an injunction hearing and process for surrendering firearms following the granting of certain injunctions.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 544 (544)
      • Relating to equalizing physical placement to the highest degree, requiring the court to state the reasons for ordering sole legal custody or not equalizing physical placement, and standards for modifying legal custody or physical placement.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 534 (534)
      • Companion Bill: AB 271
      • Relating to ordering support for an adult disabled child.
      • Position: Oppose in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 68 (68)
      • Relating to termination of maintenance upon the payee's or payer's death and notices relating to maintenance.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 209
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 290 (290)
      • Companion Bill: AB 386
      • Relating to: requiring verification from court orders for eligibility for public assistance programs.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 387 (387)
      • Companion Bill: AB 514
      • Relating to: procedures for changing the placement of a child who is subject to a temporary physical custody order or termination of parental rights order of the juvenile court, procedures for amending a consent decree of the juvenile court, emergency change-in-placement procedures for a child who is placed in his or her own home under a dispositional order of the juvenile court, venue in post-dispositional proceedings under the Children's Code and Juvenile Justice Code, procedures for requesting and objecting to a proposed change in placement of a child and for changing the placement of a child when no objection is filed, the appointment of a successor guardian for a child who is subject to a termination of parental rights order of the juvenile court, case closure orders with respect to a child whose dispositional order is terminated, and the effective period of a temporary physical custody order of the juvenile court.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 373
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 288 (288)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 421
      • Relating to Indian child welfare.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 94
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 475 (475)
      • Relating to reimbursement of counties and Indian tribes for unexpected or unusually high-cost out-of-home care placements of Indian juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent by tribal courts and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 233
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 63 (63)
      • Relating to a requirement that termination of parental rights petitions be filed with respect to children under eight years of age, and certain children eight years of age or over, who have been placed outside the home for six months.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 313 (313)
      • Companion Bill: AB 396
      • Relating to relinquishing custody of a newborn child.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 82 (82)
      • Companion Bill: AB 30
      • Relating to delegation by a parent, guardian, or legal custodian of a child of powers regarding the care and custody of the child by a power of attorney.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 182 (182)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 354
      • Relating to statute of limitations for intentional torts.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 120
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 197 (197)
      • Relating to damages for frivolous claims.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 103 (103)
      • Companion Bill: AB 147
      • Relating to inadmissibility of a statement of apology or condolence by a health care provider.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 149 (149)
      • Companion Bill: AB 223
      • Relating to: statutes of limitation on claims involving property damage and on claims arising from a motor vehicle accident and covered by a motor vehicle insurance policy.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 133
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 378 (378)
      • Companion Bill: AB 498
      • Relating to: claims for loss of society and companionship in medical malpractice cases.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 530 (530)
      • Relating to regulating consumer small loans, limiting the areas in which a payday lender may operate, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 405 (vetoed in part)
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 107 (107)
      • Companion Bill: AB 155
      • Relating to prohibiting ordinances that place certain limits on landlords
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 108
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 21 (21)
      • Companion Bill: AJR 28
      • Relating to the right of the people to contract privately for health care services and health care coverage, and prohibiting requiring a person to obtain or maintain health insurance coverage or to participate in any health care system or plan (first consideration).
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 232 (232)
      • Relating to eliminating the ability for the Department of Health Services to alter Medical Assistance eligibility, provider payment methods, and other Medical Assistance program procedures by policy and eliminating the requirement to request a waiver regarding Medical Assistance program eligibility.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 466 (466)
      • Companion Bill: AB 561
      • Relating to miscellaneous landlord-tenant provisions and prohibiting a local government from imposing a moratorium on eviction actions.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 143
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 207 (207)
      • Companion Bill: AB 286
      • Relating to permitting an employer to refuse to employ or to bar or terminate from employment an individual who has been convicted of a felony and who has not been pardoned for that felony and preempting cities, villages, towns, and counties from adopting provisions concerning employment discrimination based on arrest or conviction record that prohibit activity that is allowed under the state fair employment law.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 217 (217)
      • Companion Bill: AB 307
      • Relating to suspension of operating privilege or registration for unsatisfied judgment for damages arising out of a motor vehicle accident.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 112
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 175 (175)
      • Companion Bill: AB 244
      • Relating to restricting eligibility for the homestead tax credit.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 206 (206)
      • Companion Bill: AB 312
      • Relating to Implementing federal health insurance law.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 140 (140)
      • Companion Bill: AB 212
      • Relating to: acts of concealment and misrepresentations in filing for or claiming unemployment insurance benefits.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 92 (92)
      • Companion Bill: AB 117
      • Relating to: pleading requirements under the Wisconsin Consumer Act.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2015 Wisconsin Act 155
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 9 (9)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 9
      • Relating to a tort action for intentional misrepresentation in a residential real estate transaction.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 4
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 31 (31)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 58
      • Relating to the Uniform Prudent Management of Institutional Funds Act, as approved by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 33
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 670 (670)
      • Relating to disposal of decedent’s property.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 341
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 439 (439)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 648
      • Relating to adopting Internal Revenue Code provisions related to individual retirement accounts and adopting provisions of the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 for state income and franchise tax purposes.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 161
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 507 (507)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 727
      • Relating to changing the fees collected by a register of deeds, the redaction of social security numbers from electronic documents, and changes to the land information program
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 314
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 348 (348)
      • Relating to declarations creating marina condominiums and technical corrections to the laws governing marina condominiums.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 352
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 384 (384)
      • Companion Bill: AB 490
      • Relating to the laws of trusts, the Uniform Trust Code, the Uniform Principal and Income Act, powers of appointment, and changes to estate recovery and divestment provisions relating to public assistance programs.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 92
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 40 (40)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 65
      • Relating to public financing of campaigns for the office of justice of the supreme court, making appropriations, and providing penalties.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 89, vetoed in part
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 127 (127)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 179
      • Relating to notification to the state and certain public agencies regarding a medical malpractice claim and limits on liability.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 278
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 259 (259)
      • Relating to the homestead exemption and increases in the value of the exemption for various property that is exempt from execution.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 80
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 263 (263)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 395
      • Relating to criteria for determining indigency for purposes of representation by the State Public Defender and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 164
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 386 (386)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 525
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits and proof of financial responsibility.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 674 (674)
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a civil law or municipal ordinance is subject to circuit court or municipal court jurisdiction rather than to juvenile court jurisdiction and prohibiting a juvenile who has committed a civil law or municipal ordinance violation from being placed in a juvenile detention facility.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 636 (636)
      • Companion Bill: AB 891
      • Relating to imposing a surcharge for certain forfeitures and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 15 (15)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 18
      • Relating to collection and analysis of motor vehicle traffic stop information and law enforcement training standards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 29
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 74 (74)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 109
      • Relating to eliminating substitution of judges in criminal matters
      • Position: No Position
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 7 (7)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 4
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits, permissible policy provisions, and proof of financial responsibility
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 394 (394)
      • Companion Bill: AB 488
      • Relating to establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 238
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 373 (373)
      • Companion Bill: AB 538 & AB 544
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 439 (439)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 648
      • Relating to adopting Internal Revenue Code provisions related to individual retirement accounts and adopting provisions of the Heroes Earnings Assistance and Relief Tax Act of 2008 for state income and franchise tax purposes.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 161
      • Bill Text
  • Special Session

      • Special Session 14 (14)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB14
      • Relating to interest rates on judgments
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 69
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 14 (14)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 14
      • Relating to interest rates on judgments.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (11)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS SB 11
      • Relating to state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 10
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (11)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS AB 11
      • Relating to state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (11)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS SB 11
      • Relating to state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 10
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 14 (14)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB14
      • Relating to interest rates on judgments
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 69
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 14 (14)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 14
      • Relating to interest rates on judgments.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (11)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS AB 11
      • Relating to state finances, collective bargaining for public employees, compensation and fringe benefits of public employees, the state civil service system, the Medical Assistance program, sale of certain facilities, granting bonding authority, and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 1 (1)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS AB 1
      • Relating to limiting noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long?term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 2
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 12 (12)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB12
      • Relating to factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 92
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 13 (13)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB13
      • Relating to providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 1 (1)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS SB 1
      • Relating to limiting noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long-term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 12 (12)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 12
      • Relating to factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 13 (13)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 13
      • Relating to providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text

2013-2014

  • Assembly

      • Assembly 243 (Private Bar Rate)
      • Companion Bill: SB 235
      • Relating to: increasing the rate paid to private attorneys for representing indigent clients.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 387 (Second Chance)
      • Companion Bill: SB 308
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a criminal law, a civil law, or a municipal ordinance and who is not alleged to have committed certain violent offences or has not previously been convicted of a crime or adjudicated delinquent is subject to juvenile court jurisdiction.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Budget

      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Civil Legal Services)
      • Relating to adding language in the state budget bill, AB 40, that provides state general purpose revenue funding to give civil legal assistance by lawyers to low-income citizens.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to Pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Court Funding )
      • Relating to adequate funding of the Judicial Branch of government.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed with Amendment
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - State Attorney Compensation)
      • Relating to compensation, including benefit packages, that are adequate to attract and retain experienced and qualified attorneys employed by the State of Wisconsin.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Public Defender Funding)
      • Relating to providing compensation, including benefit packages, that are adequate to attract and retain public defenders.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2013 Wisconsin Act 20
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text

2011-2012

  • Assembly

      • Assembly 488 (ADA Pay Progression)
      • Companion Bill: SB 394
      • Relating to establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 4 (Auto Insurance Anti-Stacking)
      • Companion Bill: SB 7
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits, permissible policy provisions, and proof of financial responsibility.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 14
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 18 (Data Collection - ethnic and racial profiling)
      • Companion Bill: SB 15
      • Relating to collection and analysis of motor vehicle traffic stop information and law enforcement training standards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 173 (Immigration)
      • Relating to local ordinances, determining the lawful presence of a person arrested for or charged with a crime or certain civil violations, and providing a penalty.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 109 (Judicial Substitution)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 74
      • Relating to eliminating substitution of judges in criminal matters.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 538 (Product Liability)
      • Companion Bill: SB 373
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 544 (Product Liability)
      • Companion Bill: SB 373
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Senate

      • Senate 394 (ADA Pay Progression)
      • Companion Bill: AB 488
      • Relating to establishing an assistant district attorney pay progression plan.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 238
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 7 (Auto Insurance Anti-Stacking)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 4
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits, permissible policy provisions, and proof of financial responsibility
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 15 (Data Collection - ethnic and racial profiling)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 18
      • Relating to collection and analysis of motor vehicle traffic stop information and law enforcement training standards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 29
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 74 (Judicial Substitution)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 109
      • Relating to eliminating substitution of judges in criminal matters
      • Position: No Position
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 373 (Product Liability)
      • Companion Bill: AB 538 & AB 544
      • Relating to changes to product liability law and the law governing remedies against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of a product.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Special Session

      • Special Session 1 (Jan. SS AB 1 - Tort Reform: product liability, non economic damages & expert lay/witness testimony)
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS SB 1
      • Relating to limiting noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long-term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 1 (Jan. SS SB 1 - Tort Reform: product liability, non economic damages & expert lay/witness testimony )
      • Companion Bill: Jan. SS AB 1
      • Relating to limiting noneconomic damages awarded in actions against long?term care providers; actions against manufacturers, distributors, sellers, and promoters of certain products; confidentiality of health care services reviews; use as evidence of information regarding health care providers; reporting of quality indicators identifying individual hospitals; homicide or injury by negligent handling of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire; criminal abuse of individuals at risk; criminal abuse and neglect of patients and residents; evidence of lay and expert witnesses; damages for frivolous claims; and punitive damage awards.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 2
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 12 (Sept. SS AB 12 Reasonableness of Attorney Fees)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 12
      • Relating to factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 13 (Sept. SS AB13 Liability for Defective Products)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 13
      • Relating to providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 12 (Sept. SS SB 12 Reasonableness of Attorney Fees)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB12
      • Relating to factors for determining the reasonableness of attorney fees.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: 2011 Wisconsin Act 92
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 13 (Sept. SS SB13 Liability for Defective Products)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS AB13
      • Relating to providing immunity from liability to drug and device manufacturers and sellers under certain circumstances.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text

2009-2010

  • Assembly

      • Assembly 189 (Homestead Exemption)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 160
      • Relating to increasing the amount of the homestead exemption.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 224 (Private Bar Rate)
      • Relating to the reimbursement rate for private attorneys appointed by the State Public Defender.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 291 (Family Justice Bill)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 203
      • Relating to claims for loss of society and companionship in medical malpractice cases.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 891 (Prosecutor Funding)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 636
      • Relating to imposing a surcharge for certain forfeitures and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 732 (17-Year-old Juvenile Court Jurisdiction)
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a criminal law, a civil law, or a municipal ordinance is subject to circuit court or municipal court jurisdiction rather than juvenile court jurisdiction; creating a community youth and family aids surcharge; authorizing the Department of Corrections to set the youth aids daily rates for care of a juvenile in a juvenile correctional facility or a treatment facility; providing an exemption from rule-making procedures; and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Budget

      • Budget (AB 75 - Elimination of No Probable Cause Hearings)
      • Relating to the elimination of administrative hearings on no probable cause findings regarding complaints alleging discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and other applicable statutes; and the proposed elimination of five ALJ positions as they relate to the elimination of probable cause hearings in the Equal Rights Division.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Transportation: State Highway Program)
      • Relating to caps on attorney fees in appeals of eminent domain proceedings.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - General Provisions)
      • Relating to changes to contributory negligence and joint and several liability.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Insurance)
      • Relating to repeal of anti-stacking provisions related to automobile insurance.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Passed
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Circuit Courts)
      • Relating to increase in court interpreter reimbursement.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Passed
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Administration: Office of Justice Assistance)
      • Relating to civil legal services for the indigent.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Caseload Standards: Public Defender Staff)
      • Relating to caseload standards for individual Public Defender staff attorneys.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - District Attorneys)
      • Relating to support of reasonable caseload standards for prosecutors that will ensure effective representation of the public in criminal cases. The State Bar of Wisconsin supports General Purpose Revenue funding for additional staff necessary to maintain reasonable caseloads in District Attorney offices. Understaffing of District Attorney’s offices threatens the quality of justice in the criminal justice system by depriving the public of effective representation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - DOA Attorney Consolidation)
      • Relating to consolidation of state attorney positions into Department of Administration.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Passed in part, failed in part
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Eligibility for Appointed Counsel)
      • Relating to eligibility to receive appointed counsel.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed but passed as separate legislation SB 263
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 75 - Compensation Rates)
      • Relating to the reimbursement rate for private attorneys appointed by the State Public Defender.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
  • Senate

      • Senate 40 (Impartial Justice Bill)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 65
      • Relating to public financing of campaigns for the office of justice of the supreme court, making appropriations, and providing penalties.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 89, vetoed in part
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 127 (State Notification in Medical Malpractice Cases)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 179
      • Relating to notification to the state and certain public agencies regarding a medical malpractice claim and limits on liability.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 278
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 259 (Homestead Exemption)
      • Relating to the homestead exemption and increases in the value of the exemption for various property that is exempt from execution.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 80
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 263 (SPD Eligibility)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 395
      • Relating to criteria for determining indigency for purposes of representation by the State Public Defender and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 164
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 386 (Repeal of Auto Stacking and Other Provisions)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 525
      • Relating to automobile insurance coverage limits and proof of financial responsibility.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 674 (Juvenile Court Jurisdiction)
      • Relating to the age at which a person who is alleged to have violated a civil law or municipal ordinance is subject to circuit court or municipal court jurisdiction rather than to juvenile court jurisdiction and prohibiting a juvenile who has committed a civil law or municipal ordinance violation from being placed in a juvenile detention facility.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 636 (Prosecutor Funding (ADAs))
      • Companion Bill: AB 891
      • Relating to imposing a surcharge for certain forfeitures and making an appropriation.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text

 

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