Senate bills range from lemon laws to crossbow hunting

CAPITOL CONNECTION
Joe Leibham  9th Senatorial District

Last week the State Senate kicked off our fall voting session. As is typical during this post-budget legislative period, the subject matters considered are varied and diverse. Below I have offered summaries of some of the bills recently debated and approved by the State Senate. Included in each bill overview you will find a link for additional information on the bill.

Senate Bill (SB) 40

SB 40 would allow law enforcement officers to search individuals on probation, parole, or extended suspension if the officer reasonably suspects that the person is committing, is about to commit, or has committed a crime or a violation of a condition of probation or release.

Under the bill, a law enforcement officer may not conduct the search in an arbitrary, capricious, or harassing manner and must notify the Department of Corrections (DOC) as soon as practical after he or she conducts the search.

SB 40 offers a cost effective way of increasing supervision of individuals on probation, parole, and extended supervision by allowing current law enforcement officers across the state to help in the goal of improving public safety, reducing recidivism, and promoting reintegration and positive citizenship.

SB 40 passed through the Senate on a bipartisan vote and will now be considered by the Assembly and Governor Scott Walker. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/sb40.

SB 179

This bill makes a number of miscellaneous changes to the statutes related to landlords and tenants. SB 179 covers many areas of landlord tenant relations ranging from abandoned property and eviction procedures to insect infestations.

SB 179 aims to streamline the current patchwork of local ordinances, many of which are overly burdensome to both tenants and landlords. It also reduces the regulatory burdens on both the state and local level and making it easier for landlords to do business.

SB 179 passed the Senate on a 18-15 vote and will now be sent to the Assembly for concurrence. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/sb179.

Assembly Bill (AB) 11

AB 11, also known as the School Safe Bill, requires registered sex offenders to notify a school if they wish to enter any school premises. With some exceptions, the registrant must notify them of the specific date, time and place of their intended visit.

There are several exceptions to this legislation including a different process if a parent of a child at the school is a registered offender. Two further exceptions allow registrants to enter the school premises if an event or activity that is not sponsored by the school is held and to vote if the school premises are the registrants polling location.

After passing both houses of the legislature with widespread support, AB 11 is now ready to be considered by Governor Scott Walker. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/sb11.

AB 194

Currently, an archer hunting license allows a person to hunt only with a bow and arrow and not with a crossbow unless the person is disabled and holds a permit from DNR that authorizes the use of a crossbow or unless the person is at least 65 years old. This bill eliminates the age and disability requirements for using a crossbow and establishes a new resident crossbow hunting license and a new nonresident crossbow hunting license.

19 other states, including Michigan, have already expanded the use of crossbows in their traditional archery hunting seasons.

AB 194 has passed both houses of the legislature with strong bipartisan votes and will now be considered by Governor Scott Walker. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/ab194.

AB 200

The purpose of this bill is to address the abuse of our state’s current automobile “lemon” laws by a small group of attorneys who manipulate deadlines and other requirements in current law to inflate their legal fees.

Wisconsin is the only state that provides for a mandatory remedy of double the cost of a vehicle, plus attorney fees and other costs, whenever the manufacturer fails to provide a requested refund or comparable new vehicle within 30 days. Over the years, certain lemon law lawyers have perfected ways to run out the clock or otherwise frustrate attempts by manufacturers to provide the requested refund or new vehicle within the 30-day deadline.

This bill would make several changes to our lemon law system to prevent this type of abuse, while still fully protecting consumers.

AB 200 received bipartisan votes in both houses and is now ready to be considered by Governor Scott Walker. https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/proposals/ab200.

With fall session now underway more bills will be taken up by the legislature. You can view all the proposed bills on the legislative homepage here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/.

You can also utilize the Wisconsin Legislature’s electronic bill notification service to track bills as they move through the Legislature. This free service provides individuals with immediate electronic updates on specific legislative proposals. You can access this service and track the progress of a bill by clicking on the following link: http://notify.legis.state.wi.us.

Issue Corner

Assembly Bill (AB) 344: Taste Samples of Intoxicating Liquor Provided on Certain Retail Licensed Premises ~

Current law allows licensed retail businesses that sell intoxicating liquor products to provide limited samples to customers of wine and fermented malt beverages, such as beer. This bill would expand the sampling of intoxicating liquor to include distilled spirits. The bill would administer the same restrictions as those that currently apply to sampling wine. Under this legislation, a customer will only be allowed three samples of no more than 0.5 fluid ounces of a distilled spirit per day, between the hours of 11:00am and 7:00pm.

To view an electronic copy of AB 344, please visit this link: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/proposals/ab344. Furthermore, you can track this proposal as it makes its way through the legislature by signing up for the legislative notification service: https://notify.legis.wisconsin.gov/login?ReturnUrl=%2f.


Most recent cover pages:













Poll
POLL: Do you think Elkhart Lake made the right decision in not allowing Strawberry the pot-bellied pig?:

Copyright 2009-2018 The Plymouth Review, All Rights Reserved

Contact Information

113 E. Mill St., Plymouth WI 53073
Local: 920-893-6411 Toll Free: 1-877-467-6591
Fax: 920-893-5505












Grand Rental Station