April 2017 Legislative Update

WS&DSA Legislative Committee Members: Overview Both the Senate and the Assembly convened on January 3, 2017, to inaugurate the 2017 Legislature. Governor Walker has called a special session of the legislature to consider recommendations of his Governor’s Task Force on Opioid Abuse. On Feb. 8, Governor Walker introduced his 2017-19 budget. This kicks off the legislative budget process that will command the legislature’s time for the next several months. The legislature referred his recommendations to the legislature’s budget-writing committee, the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC). The...

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Legislative Committee Chair Welcome Message

Greetings all. My name is Jeff Klatt.  For those of you who may not know me, I am the District 4 Director for the Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs Association and also the Legislative Committee Chair.  Between myself, the committee, Hamilton-Consulting, and business agent Sandy, I will try to keep this website updated, as best as possible, with legislative news and things that have been going on in Madison. The current members of the legislative committee are: Captain Jeff Klatt, Chairperson – St. Croix County Chief Deputy Jeff Spencer – Sauk County Sheriff Jim Johnson – Ozaukee County...

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE FOR WEEK ENDING 01-29-16

Here is an update on the priority legislative issues we are working on. For a full review of all the bills we are tracking, please see WS&DSA tracking report: http://hamilton-consulting.com/documents/WSDSA_Tracking.pdf   Strip Search Wait Times Bill (SB 248/AB 340): The Assembly Committee on Corrections will vote on AB 340 next Tuesday February 2. We will update you with the vote. SB 248 passed the Senate on January 20.   Asset Forfeiture (SB 521/AB 537): Both the Senate and Assembly Committee held a public hearing on the forfeiture bill this week. Sheriff Cramer testified on...

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Legislative Activity for the week ending 01-22-16

Hello everyone,   On Thursay 01-21-16,  RJ, Dave Graves and myself participated in two meetings on behalf of WS&DSA. The first meeting was with the Attorney General and his staff pertaining to the recent FCC ruling, which set rate caps for inmate calling. Dean Meyer led the discussion and asked the AG to explore action against the ruling. The AG agreed to have his staff review the ruling to determine if the FCC overstep their jurisdiction. The AG asked about the revenue generated from the calls and various uses for those additional funds. Dean explained that in many cases those...

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Communicating with our Members – legislative news

Hello, My name is David Graves.  I am the new Executive Director for Wisconsin Sheriffs and Deputy Sheriffs.  I am also the chairperson for your legislative committee. The week of 09-21-15 was a busy week in Madison.  On Wednesday, 09-23-15, I, along with Charlotte Nenning (the widow of the late Lt. LeRoy Nenning of the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office) testified in front of the Senate Committee on Elections and Local Government in support of Senate Bill 192.  The bill requires a municipality or a county that pays health insurance premuims for its employees who are law enforcement...

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