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Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Governor Calls Legislature into Special Session

Shortly after taking the oath of office, Governor Walker called the legislature into Special Session to consider seven bills.  I am a sponsor of each of the bills, and I am pleased to get to work immediately implementing Governor Walker's jobs agenda.  Here is a brief description of each bill on the Governor's Executive Order and links to five of the bill drafts. 

1. Creation of an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.

2. An income and franchise tax credit for small businesses.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January11/0103/0103lrb0833.pdf

3. Income and franchise tax exemptions for new businesses, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January11/0104/0104lrb0834.pdf

4. Adopting federal law as it relates to health savings accounts for state income and franchise tax purposes and providing a penalty.  http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January11/0103/0103lrb0357.pdf

5. Requiring a supermajority for passage of tax increase legislation; http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January11/0103/0103lrb0835.pdf

6. The authority of a state agency to promulgate rules interpreting the provisions of a statute enforced or administered by the agency and to implement or enforce any standard, requirement, or threshold as a term or condition of a license issued by the state agency; gubernatorial approval of proposed administrative rules; economic impact analyses of proposed rules and emergency rules; and venue in a declaratory judgment action seeking judicial review of the validity of an administrative rule and in an action in which the sole defendant is the state; exemptions from water quality certification and wetland mitigation requirements for certain nonfederal wetlands that are less than two acres in size; requirements for wind energy systems, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority.

7. 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. http://www.thewheelerreport.com/releases/January11/0103/0103lrb0388.pdf

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