Contact: Jordan Krieger
Madison, Wisconsin – Today, the Wisconsin State Assembly will vote on nine bills co-authored by Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). These bills have already been passed by the State Senate and relate to the areas of human trafficking, health, education, and licensing.
“In today’s intense political atmosphere, it is important to never lose sight of why we are here: service,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee). “The people sent me here to work, and I am happy to work with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.”
A brief summary of each bill can be found below. If passed, these bills will head to the Governor’s desk.
• Senate Bill 48 – (Lead Service Line Replacement) would provide financial assistance for the replacement of a service line containing lead.
• Senate Bill 108 – (Cosmetology and Barbering Licensure Requirements) removes the continuing education requirement for cosmetologists, barbers and related professions, and eliminates the stipulation that licensed professionals from another jurisdiction must have 4000 hours of experience to gain a reciprocal license.
• Senate Bill 109 – (Regulating Cosmetology and Barbering Managers) would allow cosmetologists, barbers and related professions to practice in a non-licensed facility as long as they are the owner, manager or employed by the facility. It also removes the requirement that managers need special licensure to be designated a manager, and it eliminates the stipulation that individuals must be granted a certificate by DSPS in order to teach their profession.
• Senate Bill 299 – (Montessori Teaching License) would expand teacher education programs that satisfy a requirement for obtaining an initial teaching license under the alternative teacher licensure path to include teacher education programs approved by the Association Montessori Internationale.
• Senate Bill 300 – (Soliciting Intimate Representation from a Child) creates a crime for soliciting a sexually explicit photograph, recording, or other representation from a person who is under the age of 18.
• Senate Bill 308 – (Patronizing a Prostitute) increases the penalty for the crime of patronizing a prostitute from a Class-A misdemeanor to a Class-I felony if the person has been previously convicted of that crime at least two times.
• Senate Bill 339 – (Huber Release) allows a probationer who is confined in a county jail or other county facility for a probation violation to participate in Huber release, provided that his or her probation is due to a misdemeanor conviction and the probation violation for which he or she is confined is not a crime.
• Senate Bill 385 – (Therapeutic Diets) certifies dietitians to prescribe therapeutic diets to residents of a long term care facility.
• Senate Bill 396 – (Patronizing a Child) increases the penalty to a Class-I felony for patronizing a person who is under the age of 18.