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Current Legislation

  • Business Law Section

      • Senate 116 (UCC: Remittance Transfers)
      • 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
  • Children & the Law Section

      • Senate 504 (Parent's Right to Counsel)
      • 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
  • Criminal Law Section

      • Assembly 383 (Criminal Procedure Re-Write)
      • Relating to criminal procedure and providing penalties.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Commercial Bail Bond Agents)
      • 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
  • Elder Law Section

      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Estate Recovery/Divestments)
      • 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 (AB 40 - Medical Assistance Purchase Plan)
      • 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 (AB 40 - MAPP: Informal Work Arrangements)
      • 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 (AB 40 - Medicaid Expansion)
      • 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
      • Senate 384 (Uniform Trust Code)
      • 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
  • Family Law Section

      • Assembly 211 (50/50-Equal Placement)
      • 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 (Equal Placement)
      • 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
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Estate Recovery/Marital Property)
      • 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
      • Senate 68 (Termination of Maintenance)
      • 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
  • Indian Law Section

      • Assembly 405 (Safe Haven Law)
      • 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 (Race-based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots, and Team Names)
      • 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
  • Litigation Section

      • Assembly 120 (Medical Apology)
      • 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
  • Public Interest Law Section

      • Assembly 53 (Medicaid Expansion)
      • 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 (Motor Vehicle Warranty)
      • 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
      • Budget 0 (AB 40 - Changes to Medicaid/BadgerCare Plus)
      • 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 (AB 40 - Transit Funding)
      • 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 (AB 40 - Rent-to-Own)
      • 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
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

      • Senate 384 (Uniform Trust Code)
      • 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

 

Past Sessions

2011-2012

  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights

      • Special Session 14 (Sept. SS SB 14 Interest Rates on Judgements)
      • 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 (Sept. SS AB 14 Interest Rates on Judgements)
      • Companion Bill: Sept. SS SB 14
      • Relating to interest rates on judgments.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Business Law Section

      • Assembly 549 (UCC Article 9)
      • 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
      • Senate 416 (UCC Article 9)
      • 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
  • Children & the Law Section

      • Assembly 30 (Power of Attorney for Child)
      • 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 (Equal Placement)
      • 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 (Privileged communication )
      • 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 (Disclosure of Juvenile Records)
      • 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
      • Policy (Juvenile Guardianship Reform)
      • Relating to proposed guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Senate 173 (Disclosure of Juvenile Records)
      • 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 (Juvenile Guardianship Reform)
      • Relating to guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 82 (Power of Attorney for Child)
      • 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
  • Civil Rights & Liberties Section

      • Assembly 154 (Abortion coverage under health exchanges)
      • 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 (Compensation to the wrongfully imprisoned)
      • 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 (Admissibility of Hearsay)
      • 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 (Unpardoned Felons Employment Discrimination)
      • 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 (Photo ID for Voting)
      • 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
      • Policy (Repeal of Same Day Voter Registration )
      • Relating to the deadline and procedure for voter registration and determination of residency for voting purposes.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy (State Facilities Access Policies)
      • Relating to State Facilites Access Policies announced by the Department of Administration on December 16, 201.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 6 (Photo ID for Voting)
      • 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 (Conforming WI FMLA to Federal Law)
      • 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 (Unpardoned Felons Employment Discrimination)
      • 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 (Admissibility of Hearsay)
      • 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 (Abortion coverage under health exchanges)
      • 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 (Compensation to the wrongfully imprisoned)
      • 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
  • Criminal Law Section

      • Assembly 69 (Privilege of self-defense)
      • 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 (Unsatisfied Judgment for Motor Vehicle Accident)
      • 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 (Bail Bond Agents)
      • 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
      • Senate 217 (Unsatisfied Judgment for Motor Vehicle Accident)
      • 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 (Privilege of self-defense)
      • Companion Bill: AB 69
      • Relating to the privilege of self-defense.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Elder Law Section

      • Assembly 477 (Caps on Family Care)
      • 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 (Medicare Supplement Enrollment Periods)
      • 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
      • Budget (AB 40 - Provisions capping enrollment in family care programs )
      • 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
      • Policy (Proposed MOE Waiver)
      • 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 (Adult Guardianship)
      • 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
      • Senate 380 (Caps on Family Care)
      • 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 (Medicare Supplement Enrollment Periods)
      • 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 (Protective Placement)
      • Relating to protective placement.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (Jan. SS AB11 - Budget Repair)
      • 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 (Jan. SS SB11 - Budget Repair)
      • 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
  • Family Law Section

      • Assembly 54 (Equal Placement)
      • 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 (Adult Disabled Child Support)
      • 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 (Privileged communication )
      • 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 (Premarital agreements)
      • Relating to approving premarital agreements.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 134 (Termination of Maintenance)
      • 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
      • Senate 534 (Adult Disabled Child Support)
      • 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
  • Indian Law Section

      • Assembly 30 (Power of Attorney for Child)
      • 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 (Safe Haven Law)
      • Companion Bill: SB313
      • Relating to relinquishing custody of a newborn child.
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Budget (AB 40 - Amendment: Race-Based Nicknames, Logos, Mascots and Team Names)
      • 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
      • Federal (National Assoc. of Indian Legal Services Funding)
      • 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
      • Senate 63 (Termination of Parental Rights Petitions)
      • 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 (Safe Haven Law)
      • 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 (Power of Attorney for Child)
      • 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
  • Litigation Section

      • Assembly 147 (Medical Apology)
      • 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
      • Budget (AB 40 - Provision allowing medical record fees to be set by administrative rule)
      • 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 (AB 40 - Payment of Insurance Settlements - Motion 43 )
      • 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
      • Senate 103 (Medical Apology)
      • 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
  • Public Interest Law Section

      • Assembly 286 (Employment discrimination against felons )
      • 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 (Implementing federal health insurance law)
      • 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 (Payday Loans)
      • 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 (Evidence of citizenship for public assistance)
      • 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 (Health insurance)
      • 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 (Restricting eligibility for the homestead tax credit)
      • 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 (Unsatisfied Judgment for Motor Vehicle Accident)
      • 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 (Landlord-tenant provisions)
      • 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 (PPACA state reports)
      • Relating to reports on implementation of federal health reform.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 531 (PPACA restrict state spending)
      • 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 (Rent to own)
      • 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 (Landlord Preemption )
      • 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 (Health care freedom amendment)
      • 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
      • Policy (Health Insurance Mandates)
      • Relating to health insurance without mandated benefits, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule?making authority.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Policy (Out-of-state Insurers)
      • 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 (Proposed MOE Waiver)
      • 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 (Federal health insurance law)
      • Relating to implementing federal health insurance law changes.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Policy (Medical Loss Ratio Waiver Request)
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 107 (Landlord Preemption )
      • 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 (Health care freedom amendment)
      • 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 (Power of DHS to alter MA)
      • 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 (Landlord-tenant provisions)
      • 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 (Employment discrimination against felons)
      • 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 (Unsatisfied Judgment for Motor Vehicle Accident)
      • 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 (Restricting eligibility for the homestead tax credit)
      • 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 (Implementing federal health insurance law)
      • Companion Bill: AB 312
      • Relating to Implementing federal health insurance law.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Special Session 11 (Jan. SS AB11 - Budget Repair)
      • 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 (Sept. SS SB 14 Interest Rates on Judgements)
      • 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 (Sept. SS AB 14 Interest Rates on Judgements)
      • 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 (Jan. SS SB11 - Budget Repair)
      • 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

2009-2010

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section

      • Senate 255 (Mandatory Mediation in Foreclosure Action)
      • 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
  • Bankruptcy, Insolvency & Creditors' Rights

      • Assembly 820 (Exempting Attorneys from Regulation as Adjustment Service Companies)
      • Relating to exempting attorneys from regulation as adjustment service companies
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
  • Business Law Section

      • Senate 472 (Revised UCC Article 1)
      • 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 (Revised UCC Article 7)
      • 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 (Collection Agencies)
      • Relating to collection agencies
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 404
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 202 (UCC Article VI Repeal)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 143
      • Relating to bulk transfers of inventory.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 110
      • Bill Text
  • Children & the Law Section

      • Senate 140 (Open Adoption)
      • 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 (ICWA)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 421
      • Relating to Indian child welfare.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 94
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 384 (Modification to Spiritual Care Defense)
      • 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 (Juvenile Guardianship)
      • Relating to guardianships of children.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 375 (CCAP Access to Juvenile Records)
      • 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
      • Assembly 590 (Elimination of Spiritual Care Exception)
      • 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
  • Civil Rights & Liberties Section

      • Senate 19 (Sovereign Immunity)
      • 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 (Private Right of Action - Fair Employment)
      • 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 (Damages for Frivolous Claims)
      • Relating to damages for frivolous claims.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Policy (Uniform 30-Day Time to Answer)
      • 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
      • Assembly 353 (Felon Enfranchisement)
      • 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 (DNA Collection from Arrestees)
      • 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 (Conforming Wisconsin FMLA to Federal Law)
      • 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 (Reporter Shield Bill)
      • 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 (Employment Discrimination - conviction record)
      • 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
  • Criminal Law Section

      • Senate 22 (Reckless Homicide of a Child)
      • 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
      • Assembly 123 (Appellate Procedure of Chapter 980)
      • 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 (Appellate Time Limits & Procedures)
      • 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 (Appellate Procedure Suppression of Evidence)
      • Companion Bill: Senate Bill 100
      • Relating to appellate procedure.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 590 (Elimination of Spiritual Care Exception)
      • 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
  • Elder Law Section

      • Senate 609 (Psychotropic meds - informed consent)
      • 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 (Life-settlements (STOLI))
      • 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 (Suitability of Annuity Contracts)
      • 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 (Estate Tax)
      • Relating to disposal of decedent’s property.
      • Position: Support in Principle
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 341
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Policy (Life Insurance and Annuity Contracts)
      • 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 (Insurance Rule 690)
      • 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 (Fair Hearings and Continuation of Benefits under the Family Care Program)
      • 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 (Guardianship Reform)
      • Relating to adult guardianship and protective service system trailer bill.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Bill not introduced
      • Policy (POLST)
      • Relating to physician orders on life-sustaining treatment (POLST).
      • Position: Active Monitoring
      • Final Status: Failed to be introduced
      • Budget (AB 75 - Restoration of Funding that Provides Guardianship Support Services)
      • 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
      • Assembly 704 (F-POA)
      • 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 (Elder Financial Abuse)
      • 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 (Alzheimer’s Special Care Standards)
      • 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 (Nursing Home Violation Reporting )
      • 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
  • Family Law Section

      • Senate 332 (Custody Studies)
      • 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 (Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention Procedure )
      • 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 (Equalizing Placement)
      • 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
  • Indian Law Section

      • Senate 288 (ICWA)
      • Companion Bill: Assembly Bill 421
      • Relating to Indian child welfare.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 94
      • Bill Text
  • Litigation Section

      • Senate 182 (SOL for Intentional Torts)
      • 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 (Damages for Frivolous Claims)
      • Relating to damages for frivolous claims.
      • Position: Active Opposition
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Policy (Uniform 30-Day Time to Answer)
      • 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
      • Assembly 336 (Health Care Provider Immunity)
      • 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
  • Public Interest Law Section

      • Senate 530 (Payday Loans)
      • 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
      • Policy (Jurisdictional Limits Under the Wisconsin Consumer Act)
      • 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
      • Assembly 392 (Payday Loans)
      • Relating to finance charges for licensed lenders (payday loans).
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 131 (WCA Pleading Requirements)
      • 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 (Mortgage Foreclosures)
      • Relating to residential mortgage loan foreclosures.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: Failed to pass
      • Bill Text
      • Assembly 878 (Health Care Benefits Assistance)
      • 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
  • Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section

      • Senate 9 (Below v. Norton)
      • 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 (UPMIFA)
      • 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 (Estate Tax)
      • Relating to disposal of decedent’s property.
      • Position: Active Support
      • Final Status: 2009 Wisconsin Act 341
      • Bill History
      • Bill Text
      • Senate 439 (IRA Conversions)
      • 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 (Fees Collected by a Register of Deeds)
      • 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 (Marina Condominiums)
      • 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
      • Assembly 260 (Plat Approval)
      • 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 (F-POA)
      • 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
  • Taxation Law Section

      • Senate 439 (IRA Conversions)
      • 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
      • Budget (AB 75 - Changes Concerning Sections 1796, 1810, and 1854)
      • 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

 

Lobbying Sections

*Agriculture and Agribusiness

This section is made up of attorneys who specialize or have a strong interest in agriculture and the businesses that serve farms and farmers.

*Alternative Dispute Resolution

Members are attorneys and judges who promote and develop alternative methods of dispute resolution. Their mission is to encourage lawyers, courts and the public to embrace alternative dispute resolution, which is commonly referred to as ADR. Additionally, members train mediators and arbitrators, and teach lawyers how to serve as advocates in ADR proceedings. The section works to develop standards for the growing profession, and coordinates activities with other ADR organizations. Members also assist practitioners in their pursuit of careers in ADR-related professions.

*Bankruptcy Insolvency & Creditors' Rights

This section focuses on bankruptcy, insolvency and creditors' rights. Specifically, members work on developing the law, increasing communication between practitioners, and improving the standards of the profession.

*Business Law

This section brings together members who work in the fields of corporation, banking, partnership, securities, antitrust, trade regulation, commercial law, employer-employee relations, insurance, intellectual property and other areas of business law. Members are focused on developing and improving the law in their areas of expertise.

*Children & the Law

Section members include judges, court commissioners, prosecutors, guardians ad litem, agency attorneys and private practice attorneys who represent various parties including children, parents, and grandparents as well as agencies that serve children.

*Civil Rights and Liberties

This section is made up of individuals who work in the legal fields of Civil Rights and Constitutional Rights. These fields address issues such as:

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Religious Liberty
  • Personal Liberty
  • Property
  • Due Process
  • Equal Protection
  • Rights of Women
  • Rights of Minorities
  • Rights of Persons with Physical and Mental Disabilities

*Criminal Law

This section represents more than 600 judges, prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and academics with the purpose of improving the practice of criminal law in Wisconsin and promoting respect and fairness.

*Construction

This section is made up of attorneys who specialize in construction law and government contracts.

*Elder Law

Practitioners in this section work to protect the rights of elderly clients and consumers.  Their mission is to develop and improve laws that affect the elderly, and promote high standards of performance and expertise for those who practice in the area.

*Family Law

This section is made up of approximately 1,100 attorneys, guardians ad litem, family court commissioners, and judges from throughout Wisconsin who have a special interest in family law.  Most members specialize in family law, and work with families involved in separations, divorce, and post-divorce issues. The section also welcomes experts from related fields, such as psychology, counseling, and social work.

*Health Law

This section addresses issues such as health care, bioethics, managed care and risk management.

*Indian Law

This section provides support to attorneys in their relations with any individual, group or other entity that is involved with issues of concern to American Indians.

*Litigation

The Litigation Section brings together members who have an interest in civil litigation, insurance law, and tort law.

*Public Interest Law

This section provides a forum for public interest lawyers statewide to discuss and promote public interest issues and concerns. Members are involved in the following areas:

  • Issues affecting low-income and underrepresented persons
  • Government Benefits
  • Consumer Protection
  • Housing
  • Disability Rights
  • Elder Law
  • Access to Health Care
  • Constitutional/Civil Rights
  • Environmental Justice
  • Fair Employment/Labor
  • Women's Rights
  • Reproductive Health Care

*Real Property, Probate and Trust

This section develops and recommends changes to laws pertaining to issues in real property, trusts and probate matters.

*Taxation

This section provides information on federal and state tax issues that directly affect practitioners in Wisconsin.