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New legislation signed by Walker addresses crossbows, concussion advisories, much more

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MADISON – Gov. Scott Walker signed 25 bills into law in his office Friday. Legislation addresses a variety of issues including changes which affect landlords, physicians, utility companies, outdoor enthusiasts and others. Authors of each bill were present for the signings. The Governor also held ceremonial bill signings for Assembly Bill 194 and Senate Bill 315.

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Walker's office characterized each of the bills this way in a press release issued late Friday afternoon:

Assembly Bill 415 – changes the method by which a municipality may collect the costs of razing a building from a property owner. Under this bill the county is no longer at risk to bear the cost of razing. Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) authored this bill, which passed the Senate on a 33-0 vote and Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 87.

Assembly Bill 11 – relates to notification requirements for registered sex offenders when on school property. The offender must provide the school with date, time, and place of visit or face legal penalty. Senator Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate on a voice vote and Assembly on a 95-1 vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 88.

Assembly Bill 191 – pertains to theft of communication and video services and damages resulting from theft of certain services. This bill modifies the penalty for communication theft from a Class C forfeiture to a Class C misdemeanor. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Joel Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc) authored this bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 89.

Senate Bill 220 – relates to lengthening the time during which tax increments may be allocated and expenditures for projects costs may be made for Tax Incremental District Number 1 in the village of Wales. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) authored this bill, which passed the Senate on a 32-0 vote and the Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 90.

Senate Bill 371 – regards nitrogen oxide emission standards for certain simple cycle combustion turbines modified on or after February 1, 2001. These turbines do not apply to certain EPA standards given it meets certain conditions. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Samantha Kerkman (R-Powers Lake) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 91.

Senate Bill 384 – relates to the replacement of Wisconsin trust statutes with the Wisconsin Trust Code and changes to estate recovery and divestment provisions relating to public assistance programs. This legislation modifies laws of trusts as well as changes to estate recovery and divestment programs for the Medical Assistance program. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R-West Allis) authored this bill, which passed the Senate with a 32-1 vote and the Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 92.

Senate Bill 315 – relates to exceptions to the prohibition of release of customer information by a municipal utility. This bill protects customers’ personal identification information but clarifies that municipal utilities are allowed to disclose their largest customers for the purpose of securing bonds. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah) authored this legislation. Senate Bill 315 passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. Senate Bill 315 is Wisconsin Act 47.

Assembly Bill 194 – allows the hunt of certain animals with a crossbow and establishes an open season for hunting with a crossbow and information to be included on certain hunting licenses applications and certain hunting tags. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate on a voice vote and concurred by the Assembly with strong bi-partisan support. The bill is Wisconsin Act 61.

Senate Bill 258 – pertains to the distribution of concussion information sheet by schools to pupils participating in athletic activity. Under this legislation a student must return a concussion information sheet once per year. Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on a voice vote. The bill is Wisconsin Act 93.

Senate Bill 240 – pertains to knowledge tests for commercial driver license applicants who hold a military commercial drivers license. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) authored this legislation, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 94.

Assembly Bill 280 – permits police vehicles to be equipped with one or more white flashing lights. This bill updates state statutes with modern police vehicle design. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Kevin Ripp (R-Lodi) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 95.

Assembly Bill 281 – relates to warning lights on school buses. This bill allows bus drivers to use flashing red and amber lights. Amber lights must be activated at least 300 feet before a stopping zone in zone with a speed limit great than 45 miles per hour. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Keith Ripp (R-Lodi) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly with voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 96.

Senate Bill 119 – ratifies a compact between several states and Canadian provinces to provide mutual aid in managing an emergency or disaster. Aid could include any agency the Governor wishes to deploy as well as local governments. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 97.

Senate Bill 118 – creates a third deputy adjutant general in the Department of Military Affairs. The position will be responsible for coordinating disaster response services as well as domestic assistance requests. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Warren Petryk (R-Eleva) authored this legislation, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 98.

Assembly Bill 282 – reinstates the exemption from over length vehicle permits for semitrailers whose total length does not exceed 53 feet. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 99.

Senate Bill 247 – relates to commercial motor vehicle out-of-service violations. First time offenders of out-of-service violations will be ineligible to operate a commercial motor vehicle for 180 days. This is in compliance with federal regulations. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative John Spiros (R-Marshfield) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 100.

Assembly Bill 200 – pertains to law governing repair, replacement, and refund under a motor vehicle warranty. In the case of an out-of-service vehicle the manufacturer must provide the consumer with a full refund within 30 days or a comparable motor vehicle within 45 days. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Bill Kramer (R-Waukesha) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly with strong bi-partisan support. The bill is Wisconsin Act 101.

Assembly Bill 271 – relates to corporate powers of Marine Corps League corporations. Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Representative Born (R-Beaver Dam) authored this legislation, which passed the Senate and Assembly with voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 102.

Senate Bill 110 – relating to motor vehicle registration by the Department of Transportation. Historic military vehicles can now be registered and the Kei class of off-road vehicles are exempt from registration. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Steve Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) authored this legislation, which passed Senate and Assembly on voice votes. The bill is Wisconsin Act 103.

Assembly Bill 449 – pertains to direct sellers outside a permanent retail establishment under the unemployment insurance law. The bill aligns Wisconsin with federal definition of direct sellers. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Daniel Knodl (R-Germantown) authored this bill, which passed the Senate with a 18-15 vote and the Assembly on a voice vote. Assembly Bill 449 is Wisconsin Act 104.

Assembly Bill 27 – prohibits state agencies from contracting legal services for the state on a contingent fee basis. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Mike Kuglitsch (R- New Berlin) authored this legislation, which passed with bi-partisan support. It will be known as Wisconsin Act 105.

Assembly Bill 169 – allows municipalities to issue ordinances allowing alcohol consumption on commercial quadricycles. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and former Representative Jeff Stone (D-Greendale) authored this bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. Assembly Bill 169 will be known as Wisconsin Act 106.

Senate Bill 275 – relates to the circuit court clerks and administrative proceedings of municipal courts. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) authored this bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. Senate Bill 275 will be known as Wisconsin Act 107.

Senate Bill 294 –allows the assistant attorney general to access felony reports in which the assistant attorney general has original jurisdiction. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) authored this bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. Senate Bill 294 will be known as Wisconsin Act 108.

Senate Bill 295 – enables firearms dealers to deliver information to the Department of Justice in multiple ways in regards to firearms restriction records searches. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) authored this legislation, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. This bill will be Wisconsin Act 109.

Senate Bill 296 – eliminates transaction information for management of enforcement system. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) authored this bill, which passed both the Senate and Assembly on voice votes. Senate Bill 296 will be known as Wisconsin Act 110.

Assembly Bill 139 – modifies the duty of physicians to inform patients of treatment options. Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon) authored this legislation. Assembly Bill 139 passed with strong bi-partisan support and will be known as Wisconsin Act 111.

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