Government Relations

2013-14 Legislative Session

Bills of interest to the UW System

Last updated April 17, 2014

Assembly Bills

Assembly Bill Description and Latest Action

AB 45 Contracts & Materials

(Jorgensen/Hansen)

History & current status

Preference in state and local government contracts and procurement for materials manufactured in the United States.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 61 Alcohol Beverages Violations

(Jacque/Gudex)

History & current status

See SB 46

Regarding civil penalties for alcoholic beverage violations involving underage persons on licensed premises.

Latest Action:
12/12/13 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 65

AB 121 Coverdell Education Savings Account

(Thiesfeldt/Grothman)

History & current status

Creates an individual income tax deduction for certain contributions to a Coverdell Education Savings Account.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 201 Veteran Priority Registration

(Hesselbein/Carpenter)

History & current status

Gives certain veterans priority in registering for courses at the University of Wisconsin System.

Latest Action:
11/8/13 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 56

AB 203 Drones

(August/Petrowski)

History & current status

See SB 196

Restricting the use of drones and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 See SB 196

 

AB 218 Personal Internet Accounts

(Sargent/Grothman)

History & current status

See SB 223

Employer access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of employees and applicants for employment; educational institution access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of students and prospective students; landlord access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of tenants and prospective tenants; and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
See SB 223

AB 224 Fetal Body Parts

(Jacque/Kedzie)

History & current status

Regarding the sale and use of fetal body parts and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 225 Elections & Voting

(Stone)

History & current status

Various changes in the campaign finance laws; exemption of certain electors from the requirement to present proof of identification when voting in an election; identifying documentation to establish proof of residency for voter registration; recording the type of identifying document provided as proof of residence; limiting the times for voting by absentee ballot in person; the method of reporting election returns by municipalities; fees for election recounts; the method of recounting votes cast with automatic tabulating equipment; residency of election officials; recall petition requirements; the procedure for recounting ballots when electors voting in person are required to sign the poll list and fail to do so; challenging an elector's registration during recount proceedings; witness addresses on absentee ballot certificates; nominees submitted by the Government Accountability Board candidate committee; securing ballot containers; party representation for election officials serving at polling places; and scheduling of referendums.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to concur in pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

 

AB 256 Responsible Action

(Ballweg/Risser)

History & current status

Citations to underage persons for alcohol beverages violations and disciplinary sanctions against University of Wisconsin System students for such violations and providing penalties.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 260 Talent Incentive Program Grants

(Ballweg/Risser)

History & current status

Provides that a student need not maintain
continuous enrollment to remain eligible for a TIP grant.

Latest Action:
4/1/14 Passed by both houses, awaiting Governor’s signature

AB 303  Student Loans

(Kolste/Cullen)

History & current status

Creates a nonrefundable individual income tax credit for interest paid on certain student loans.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 319  Camp Randall

(Wachs/Risser)

History & current status

Regarding the sale or lease of property located within Camp Randall.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 320 State-owned Property
(Hintz/Risser)
History & current status

The process for sale of state-owned real property.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 321 State-owned Property

(Sargent/Risser)

History & current status

Sale or lease of certain state-owned real property that was acquired, constructed, and improved with gift, grant, or federal funds.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 330 Open Enrollment Program

(Pope)

History & current status

A part-time open enrollment program for public school pupils.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 332 Student Mandatory Refundable Fees

(Taylor)

History & current status

The authority of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to charge students mandatory refundable fees.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 336 Higher Education Grants

(Shankland/Risser)

History & current status

Funding for Wisconsin higher education grants for University of Wisconsin System students and making appropriations.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 404 Professional Examinations

(Kooyenga/Lasee)

History & current status

Examination requirements for various professional credentials and powers of the Board of Nursing.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 432 Food Purchases

(Smith)

History & current status

Regarding the purchase of food by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 466 DVB Program

(Weatherston/Farrow)

History & current status

See SB 370

Regarding state procurement and construction contracts with disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 491 EdVest

(Nygren/Darling)

History & current status

See SB 389

Indexing for inflation of, and making other changes to, the college savings plan income tax deduction.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 493 Voter ID

(Schraa)

History & current status

The exemption of certain electors from the requirement to present proof of identification when voting in an election and use of veterans identification cards as proof of identification.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to concur in pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

 

AB 498 Student Loans

(Mason/Hansen)

History & current status

Regarding student loans, the individual income tax subtract modification for tuition and student fees, creating an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 532 Wisconsin Grants

(Ballweg/Risser)

History & current status

See SB 406

Changing the names, Wisconsin higher education grants, and tuition grants, to Wisconsin grants.

Latest Action:
4/1/14 Passed by both houses, awaiting Governor’s signature

AB 536 Cell Phone Tracking

(Hutton/Grothman)

History & current status

Prohibition on tracking the location of a cellular telephone by law enforcement without a warrant.

Latest Action:
2/18/14 Passed both houses, awaiting governor’s signature

AB 549 Charter Schools

(Kooyenga/Darling)

History & current status

Authorizing independent charter schools, eliminating instrumentality charter schools, establishing magnet schools, replication process for certain operators of charter schools, and utilizing an alternative process for educator effectiveness.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 618 Student Data Privacy

(Pridemore/ Grothman)

History & current status

Regarding the student information system, the disclosure of personally identifiable student data, and the disclosure of pupil records.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to concur in pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 656 Patents

(Neylon/Farrow)

History & current status

See SB 498

Regarding notifications concerning the assertion of rights under a patent or pending patent and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to concur in pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 660 Travel Insurance

(Krug/Petrowski)

History & current status

The sale of limited lines travel insurance.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 697 Academic Excellence Scholarships

(Stroebel)

History & current status

Regarding the amount of an academic excellence higher education scholarship, the number of those scholarships that may be awarded in an academic year, the eligibility criteria for those scholarships, creating an individual income tax credit for certain academic scholarship recipients, and making an appropriation.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 729

(Kuglitsch/Farrow)

History & current status

Regarding classified research at University of Wisconsin System institutions and exemption from open records requirements.

Latest Action:
4/2/14 Passed both houses; awaiting Governor's signature

AB 785 Nonresident tuition exemptions
(Zamarripa/Taylor)

History & current status

Regarding University of Wisconsin and technical college nonresident tuition exemptions. (FE)

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

AB 889 Free tuition and fees for resident students
(Wachs/Vinehout)

History & current status

Regarding providing free tuition and fees for resident students enrolled in technical colleges and University of Wisconsin college campuses and making an appropriation.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
AB 926 Technical college without paying tuition or fees

(Genrich/Harris)

History & current status
Regarding a study of the viability of permitting students to attend certain institutions of higher education without paying tuition or fees. (FE)

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

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Senate Bills

Senate Bill Description

SB 27 Audit Reports

(Joint Legislative Audit Committee)

History & current status

The authority and responsibilities of the Legislative Audit Bureau and state auditor, eliminating certain expired audit requirements, and requiring confidentiality during investigations of reports made to the state fraud, waste, and mismanagement hotline.

Latest Action:
3/14/13 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 8

 

SB 46 Alcohol Beverages Violations

(Gudex/Jacque)

History & current status

See AB 61

Regarding civil penalties for alcoholic beverage violations involving underage persons on licensed premises.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
See AB 61

SB 76 Charter Schools

(Darling/Kooyenga)

History & current status

Regarding contracts for additional charter schools.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

 

SB 157 Student Regent

(Risser/Hesselbein)

History & current status

The appointment of the student members of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System

SB 196 Drones

(Petrowski/August)

History & current status

Restricting the use of drones and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 213

SB 222 Responsible Action

(Risser/Ballweg)

History & current status

Citations to underage persons for alcohol beverages violations and disciplinary sanctions against University of Wisconsin System students for such violations and providing penalties.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

SB 223 Personal Internet Accounts

(Grothman/Bies)

History & current status

See AB 218

Employer access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of employees and applicants for employment; educational institution access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of students and prospective students; landlord access to, and observation of, the personal Internet accounts of tenants and prospective tenants; and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 208

SB 229 Talent Incentive Program Grants

(Risser/Ballweg)

History and current status

Provides that a student need not maintain continuous enrollment to remain eligible for a TIP grant. (See companion bill AB 260)

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
See AB 260

SB 262 Duplicate Ballots

(Lazich/Sanfelippo)

History & current status

In regards to the labeling of duplicate ballots.

Latest Action:
4/2/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 179

 

SB 267 Proof of Residence

(Lazich/Bernier)

History & current status

Recording the type of identifying document provided by an elector as proof of residence.

Latest Action:
4/2/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 182

SB 337 Professional Examinations

(Lasee/ Kooyenga)

History & current status

Examination requirements for various professional credentials and powers of the Board of Nursing.

 

Latest Action:
12/19/13 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 114

SB 370 DVB Program

(Farrow/Weatherston)

History & current status

Regarding state procurement and construction contracts with disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Latest Action:
4/4/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 192

SB 376 Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority

(Hansen/ Mason)

History & current status

Regarding student loans, the individual income tax subtract modification for tuition and student fees, creating an authority, to be known as the Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

SB 389 EdVest

(Darling/ Nygren)

History & current status

See AB 491

Indexing for inflation of, and making other changes to, the college savings plan income tax deduction.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 227

SB 406 Wisconsin Grants

(Risser/Ballweg)

History & current status

See AB 532

Changing the names, Wisconsin higher education grants, and tuition grants, to Wisconsin grants.

UW System position: SUPPORT

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1 See AB 532

SB 498 Patents

(Farrow/Neylon)

History & current status

See AB 656

Notifications concerning the assertion of rights under a patent or pending patent and providing a penalty.

Latest Action:
3/21/14 Passed by both houses, awaiting Governor’s signature See AB 656

SB 537 Nanotechnology

(Vinehout/Barca)

History & current status

Establishing a nanotechnology information hub and a nanotechnology council.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

SB 558 Collective Bargaining

(Risser/C. Taylor)

History & current status

Regarding collective bargaining for public employees, prohibiting employees other than public safety employees from bargaining collectively on insurance contributions and employee required contributions to retirement, granting rule-making authority, and making appropriations

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

SB 576 Travel Insurance

(Petrowski/Krug)

History & current status

The sale of limited lines travel insurance.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Signed into law as 2013 WI Act 212

SB 578

(Farrow/Kuglitsch)

History & current status

See AB 729

Regarding classified research at University of Wisconsin System institutions and exemption from open records requirements.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1
See AB 729

SB 677

(Vinehout/Wachs)

History & current status

Regarding providing free tuition and fees for resident students enrolled in technical colleges and University of Wisconsin Colleges campuses.

Latest Action:
4/8/14 Failed to pass pursuant to Senate Joint Resolution 1

 

Legislative Reference Bureau Bill Drafts

LRB Bill Drafts Description

LRB 2013/1 Tuition Exemptions

(Zamarripa)

Regarding University of Wisconsin and technical college nonresident tuition exemptions.

 

 

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