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Legislative Update for February 24th - 27th, 2012
Written by Kirsten   
Friday, 24 February 2012 16:26

Updates on a few bills you've heard us talk about previously and a new bill, out today, that we strongly support.

On the docket today: 

  1. Mining
  2. Raw Milk
  3. Smart Growth Opt-Out
  4. Baby Body Parts
  5. Legislative Oversight of Obamacare
  6. Roundabouts

We're working to put the information in your hands that you need to help advance constitutional principles through state government.

1. Mining Bill (AB 426/SB 488)

Well, State Senator Dale Schultz (R - Richland Center), who loves to claim he's a moderate, is looking more and more like a socialist all the time. It's awfully helpful, isn't it, when a legislator makes his true colors so abundantly plain...

We've all seen him working to undermine a mining operation that would bring jobs and revenue to this state...seen him teaming up with bought-and-paid-for Democrats like Bob Jauch to stick wheels in the spokes of a bill that would ensure real economic development in long depressed areas of Wisconsin.  And now, to make the point even clearer, it appears that Dale Schultz shares the basic opinions of MoveOn.org, a well-known Obama propaganda machine that has been barraging state senators with petition-related correspondence this week, insisting that they vote against the bill, calling AB 426/SB 488 the worst possible version of the bill.

Let's examine that claim, shall we, because the MacIver Institute has some valuable information to contribute in this brief video. So, really, when you look at it close up, MoveOn.org and Senator Schultz aren't interested in a better version of the bill. They just want to shut down any possiblity of this mining operation in Wisconsin...PERIOD.

Senator Schultz isn't looking quite so moderate now, is he...

We at the Wisconsin 9/12 Project think it's time to assist the senator with his latest identity crisis.

Keep calling and emailing Dale Schultz, and get every likeminded person you know to do the same.  Let's make his phone ring so loud and so long it makes the foundations of the Capitol shake.

When you call, let Senator Schultz know that you don't appreciate him siding with MoveOn.org and the radical anti-development crowd he seems to be hanging with these days. Tell him you're aware of his slide from the moderate category into the socialist column. And if he isn't answering his phones, which happens in his office sometimes, let's fill his inbox with email messages of the same sentiment.

Senator Dale Schultz
Phone: 608.266.0703 or 800.978.8008 
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

And that's not all you'll want to talk to talk to Senator Schultz about...

2. Raw Milk Bill (SB 108)

While you've got him on the phone regarding the mining bill, whisper a few additional exortations in Senator Schultz's ear regarding raw milk.  On this bill Schultz is both a socialist AND a crony capitalist.

Senator Schultz has been sitting on this bill in his Agriculture Committee for months. Moreover, he wants to let organizations unfriendly to the bill tinker with it as a "compromise."  That's not a compromise. These unfriendly organizations have, for some time, had far more powerful and will gut the bill. Plain and simple. It's up to the people to remind legislators that their allegiance must be to the will of the people, not powerful special interests.

Bottom line: It is NOT the government's business--or any dairy organization's or any doctor's, for that matter --to determine for you what foods you can and can't eat OR whether you can and can't buy those foods OR who you can and can't buy them from. ENOUGH with the nanny-state attempts to prevent you from making your own decisions.  ENOUGH with the corporatist attempts to squeeze out competition from the little guy! ENOUGH of putting farmers like Vernon Hershberger in jail.

It is time that Wisconsinites once again have the freedom to buy the foods that they want, reap the health benefits, and personally accept any consequences should they arise. PERIOD.

Senator Dale Schultz
Phone: 608.266.0703 or 800.978.8008
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Don't forget to contact your own legislators as well and ask them to move this bill forward.

Legislative Hotline:
In Madison: 608.266.960
Toll Free: 800362.9472 

3. Smart Growth Opt-Out (AB 303)

In 1999, the state wrongly passed a bill that mandated Smart Growth planning for all communities in Wisconsin. The state had no business determining for local governments how they should implement planning. It had no business thrusting on private property owners the onerous restrictions that it did. 

Representative Mary Williams has been trying for some time now to roll back Smart Growth.  She has lost repeatedly to the environmentalist crowd, the Realtors, and the Towns Association, all of whom are sold out, lock, stock, and barrel--knowingly or unknowingly--to this United Nations Agenda 21 initiative. 

But more people are finally starting to wake up. NOW IS OUR CHANCE!

Representatives Mary Williams and Scott Suder have it absolutely right on this bill. It is time to restore far greater decision-making related to planning and zoning to the local level by allowing them to opt out of Smart Growth. It is also time to begin the long process of restoring constitutional property rights to individual property owners. 

AB 303 is already through the Assembly. But we're hearing the Senators Alberta Darling and Van Wanggaard will not vote for it in the Economic Development Committee.  Senator Leibham, the committee chair, likely wouldn't call an executive vote on AB 303 unless the votes exist to get it out of committee and to the Senate floor.

PLEASE call your state senator and ask them to apply whatever pressure they can to get this bill passed THIS SESSION.  Then call Senator Darling and Senator Wanggaard. Tell them that as members of the Senate Committee on Economic Development, they are essentially representing you right now, and you want them voting for AB 303. Remind them that their own party's resolutions (Resolution 2010-17) call for the repeal of Smart Growth and that you, as a voter the Republican Party depends upon, expect them to follow through.

Legislative Hotline:
In Madison: 608.266.960
Toll Free: 800362.9472

Senator Alberta Darling
Phone: 608.266.5830
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Senator Van Wanggaard 
Phone: 608.266.1832 or 866.615.7510
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4. Baby Body Parts Bill (AB 214)

This simple bill would prevent the sale of fetal tissue of any kind for any reason. If baby body parts can be sold legally, then there's nothing to prevent babies from being wrongly harvested for profit. Apparently a whole lot of legislators agree with us on this point. I mean, look for yourself, there are a WHOLE lotta co-sponsors on this bill. But apparently we have a bunch of scardy cat folks in leadership...because this bill hasn't budged in committee...no public hearing, no nothin'. Not even close to a floor vote in the Assembly.

Time to get this bill moving. 

After you call your own legislator...?  Give Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald a little ringy-ding. He determines which bills come to the Assembly floor for a vote.  Right now, he's apparently got zero motivation to move AB 214. But since he's running for U.S. Senate, we have a way to light a fire under him. Let him know that you're watching...and that if he doesn't push to get this bill through the Assembly, you'll make sure plenty of other pro-life voters know it when the August primary rolls around. 

Legislative Hotline:
In Madison: 608.266.960
Toll Free: 800362.9472

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald
Phone: 608.266.2540
Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

5. Legislative Oversight of Obamacare (AB 530 and 531)

These two bills would help to ensure that we never again have anything happen like last year's emergency rule. You remember...the one that would have embedded Obamacare language in our state statutes without our consent.  

AB 530 would ensure regular reporting by the state agencies to the state legislature on anything related to Obamacare compliance, keeping legislators aware and in the loop.

AB 531 would insist that any aspect of Obamacare compliance whatsoever be subjected to a vote of the legislature rather than letting state agencies implement such measures on their own. It is high time we had more legislative oversight on what the state agencies do, particularly in relationship to something as dangerous as Obamacare compliance.

Call your legislators and Speaker Fitzgerald. Get these bills to a floor vote.

Legislative Hotline:
In Madison: 608.266.960
Toll Free: 800.362.9472

Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald
Phone: 608.266.2540
Email: Rep. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

6. Roundabouts (LRB 4059)

Have you noticed that the State of Wisconsin seems to have gone absolutely crazy for European-style roundabouts?  These traffic circles are showing up pretty much everywhere now. They're wildly expensive to implement. Moreover, many experience them to be far more dangerous and confusing than standard intersections. Currently, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation just puts them where they like. You're not getting a say as a voter or a taxpayer.

Representative Evan Wynn's new bill, which has not yet been assigned an Assembly number, would restore to local communities the right to determine whether they want roundabouts in their community or not. That is the way the Founders envisioned it: the PEOPLE at the LOCAL LEVEL making the DECISIONS.  Whether you like roundabouts or not, that, on principle, is the way decisions should occur.

The Wisconsin 9/12 Project stands strongly behind this bill on principle. Please call your legislators and ask them to become co-sponsors of this constitutionally sound bill.  

Legislative Hotline:
In Madison: 608.266.960
Toll Free: 800.362.9472