WED AM Update: Assembly plans to take up three abortion-related bills next week

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— The Assembly is planning to take up three abortion-related bills when it convenes next week, according to a proposed calendar from Majority Leader Jim Steineke.

Members are also scheduled to vote on two crime-related bills as well as Marsy’s Law, a proposed constitutional amendment aiming to bolster crime victims’ rights. The provision, which cleared both houses of the Legislature last session, would need to pass through both chambers again before appearing on ballots in April 2020.

The three abortion-related bills on the calendar deal with proposals to: ban abortions on the basis of a fetus’ race, gender and other qualifiers; require physicians to tell women considering taking an abortion-inducing drug the process could be reversed; and outline care requirements for children born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion.

But it doesn’t include legislation that would bar Planned Parenthood from getting money under the Medical Assistance program. There are two similar bills on that topic: one from Sen. Andre Jacque and Rep. Janel Brandtjen; the other is from Sen. Duey Stroebel and Rep. Barbara Dittrich.

All five of those bills got a public hearing yesterday.

Assembly Rules will meet Thursday to finalize the calendar.

See the proposed calendar:

— The Legislature’s Water Quality Task Force is holding its first public hearing today in Lancaster.

The panel looks to improve surface and groundwater in the state.

See more in the calendar below.

— U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar will appear in a town hall hosted by Fox News in Milwaukee tonight.

Klobuchar will be the second Dem presidential candidate to partner with the conservative network for an event, after U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared on the network for a town hall last month.

The event’s slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. It’ll air from the Grain Exchange.

Follow coverage in the Election Blog:

— Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes was in Colorado the last two days to help launch a new national climate initiative.

Barnes on Monday was named the head of the NewDEAL Forum Climate Change Policy Group. The other co-chair is Norfolk, Va. Councilwoman Andria McClellan.

A NewDEAL spokesman said the group covered Barnes’ travel expenses as well as those of other members to attend the event. On Monday, the spokesman said, Barnes made opening remarks and participated in other events, while he also attended sessions yesterday.

Moving forward, the spokesman said Barnes would lead the convening of other state and local officials in addition to private and non-profit climate experts in order “to develop a road map for states and cities across the country to follow.”

A Barnes spokesman said the lt. guv returned to Wisconsin yesterday.

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At stake in Evers budget: $836.7M boost in health spending at no cost to the state
GOP vowed to reject ACA Medicaid expansion, but Milwaukee County would be among biggest losers – losing $140.6M in additional payments over two years for county hospitals – due to higher poverty rate. Details. Evers’ budget also includes $tens of millions$ in additional funding for limited-access behavioral health and dental care. WI was only state to expand Medicaid w/o ACA, estimated to cost $1.1B thru FY19. Evers’ health budget details. Advocate Aurora, Ascension, Froedtert, Children’s Hospital no comment. DHS Medicaid chief Jones sees “amazing opportunity.” JFC co-chair Nygren did not respond, but told WisPolitics forum, “Why would we want to grow our welfare rolls? It makes no sense to me.” JFC co-chair Darling unavailable. Speaker Vos last week: “We do not want to hurt the private-sector health insurance market.” WHA’s Borgerding credited Evers for reimbursement boost to counter private insurers’ higher rates. LFB analysis highlights.

Report: Medicaid Expansion Would Lower Insurance Costs In Wisconsin
Wakely Consulting Group report for OCI found 25-30K poor Wisconsinites would shift from marketplace private coverage to Medicaid if eligibility is increased from 100% of poverty line to 138%, found premiums in expansion states 7-11% lower.

GOP Defends Anti-Abortion Bills During Hearing
… Abortion bills are also being proposed or passed in several other states as lawmakers try to appeal to their base before the 2020 election and attempt to bring a bill before the U.S. Supreme Court that could challenge abortion rights provided under Roe v. Wade. Critics of the Wisconsin bills said several were unnecessary and redundant. Sen. Testin bill bans abortion based on race or gender or congenital disability, “I don’t consider this an abortion bill. I consider this a non-discrimination bill.” “Born Alive” sponsor Steineke made a point with political satire ‘Veep,’ “As a country we are getting desensitized to the issue.” Dem Rep. KOlste: “It’s an emotional issue for all of us. I personally believe women (should) have same rights as men to protect their health and well-being.” Mauston pastor Shirek: “I do respect women’s rights, the right to make choices. But someone’s rights should not trump someone else’s … this has happened before when people determined that some should live and others should not.” Testifying for College of Ob/Gyns, Dr. Hartke: “The idea that physicians deliver, then kill — neglect treating — a viable fetus is unfounded and dangerous misinformation.” WRtoL’s Weininger waved CDC stats showing 143 infants survived abortions between 2003-14. Dems repeatedly asked if GOP supported women/infant health care in Evers’ budget Medicaid expansion, but chair ruled those questions not germane. Third bill would require doctors to tell a patient that 2-part chemical abortion can be reversed before the second dose, although Weininger admitted it’s not always successful. 4th bill would prevent abortion providers from qualifying for Medicaid, aimed at Planned Parenthood, who cited all the preventive care, birth control, screening for cancer, STDs it also provides. Republicans seek quick floor vote, but anti-abortion advocates want bills to be stricter. And Evers is likely to veto them.

Wisconsin voters could safely take selfies under [Craig] bill
… [WI is one of 18 states barring the showing of a completed ballot, but rarely enforced. At Senate hearing,] Supporters of the measure called the current ban archaic … But county election clerks came out against … “There’s a really strong concern that this opens the door to undoing the secrecy of the ballot,” Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell testified. “It’s a real concern that as it becomes commonplace to show your ballot, it’s going to be easier to coerce others to show their ballots.” BrownCo Clerk Juno also testified against. RockCo Clerk Tollefson, in written testimony: “We have no problem with someone telling everyone how they voted. We just do not want to open the door to vote-selling and infringe on the right of other voters.” Chair Bernier dismissed concerns, cited laws against bribery. IN, NH laws were found unconstitutional, Craig noted U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up NH case. But MI, NY bans have been upheld. WEC’s Wolfe noted clerks would not lose authority to temper poll disruptions, suggested WI ban at risk. [link to 2016 story of ex-AG Lautenschlager Facebooking pic of her vote for Clinton.]

‘The four horsemen:’ Wisconsin National Guard’s own investigation describes a culture of sexual misconduct, cites four men who ‘preyed’ on female soldiers
… [follow-up to yesterday’s Plunkett complaints details] takes a close look at [Lt. Col. Emond’s] yearlong, internal Guard investigation into Plunkett’s first unit, which [interviewed 22 current and former members of the unit and] concluded that it had a longstanding culture of sexual misconduct perpetuated by staff members who were cited as offenders while simultaneously being in charge of programs intended to aid victims. … In its investigations of her personal assault allegations, the Guard called Plunkett “untruthful” and said she fabricated her complaints. But over the same period of time, Emond found numerous other women in her first unit who corroborated her broader statements about its culture and cited one of her alleged assailants as one of a group of men who called themselves “the four horsemen.” Emond probe details with excerpts from Plunkett complaint. … When asked whether leaders are responsible for being aware of what’s going on in their units, Guard spokesman Joe Trovato said, “Ultimately a commander is responsible for anything that happens in their units,” though he was not addressing the Emond report in his answer. … “There is a lot of autonomy that’s required in many units,” said [retired NG] Maj. Robert Elliott. “They have the opportunity to be jerks. They’re (state) government employees. Unless they quit, they would have to go to another military installation to work if they didn’t work in that armory.” Some details on self-described “four horsemen.” Emond concluded his recommendations, “It is far worse to do nothing than it is to allow allegations to fester within a unit and cause discontent and loss of morale.” WNG’s Halverson no comment, said Guard “constantly seeks to improve any system throughout the entire organization.”

Amid national measles outbreak, UW-Madison weighs requiring vaccinations
… Eleven other Big 10 institutions clearly require the vaccine, though some have religious or medical exemptions. No cases reported in WI. UW Health’s Kinsey sees no sign of early-century, now-debunked anti-vaccine movement among new students, but “We are always on alert and monitoring, not only for measles, but any communicable disease outbreak on campus. We track those numbers day by day and week by week,” noted some universities have penalties for unproven-vaccination. State law requires vaccinations for K-12 students, but allows exemptions. DHS shows 85% of kids under 24 months have had at least one measles shot, while 85-95% rate needed to protect community. MATC and UW-Madison clinics offer vaccines for a fee.

Concealed carry holder fatally shoots himself during struggle over gun
… after threatening to shoot people with whom he was arguing … Delames Jones, 46, died early Monday after the Sunday evening … gunshot wound to his abdomen and right lower extremity, but the cause of his death was still pending. Jones was armed with a holstered, semi-automatic weapon when he became involved in an argument, threatened to shoot and began pulling the weapon from the holster when several people attempted to overpower and disarm him. MPD ruled it self -inflicted.

A WI grandfather picked up for driving without a license fears deportation to Mexico
… Raymundo Martinez-Moreno … has been living in Green Bay since 2001 … works temporary jobs, such as cleaning a bakery or landscaping. … says he doesn’t have a criminal record, but [ICE] placed him in deportation proceedings … “I have two children and eight grandchildren, and I don´t want to be separated from them because they are my life,” Martinez-Moreno said in Spanish during a [Voces] news conference … “It’s very tragic, it’s wrong and that’s why we are fighting to bring back driver’s licenses,” said [Voces’] Neumann-Ortiz. … arrest warrant had been issued because he didn’t appear in a 2017 court hearing about a previous charge of driving without a license … He was under ICE custody for 24 days and released after he posted an immigration bond, said [ICE’s] Alberico … case is pending [with USDOJ] … On Thursday, Martinez-Moreno needs to appear at an immigration hearing in Chicago. He doesn’t have an attorney yet.


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– 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: 2019 Wisconsin International Trade Conference.

– 7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.: Clean Lakes Alliance Community Breakfast. Speaker is DNR Secretary Preston Cole.

– 10:30 a.m.: Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality public hearing. Members are to hear a presentation on the Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology Study and hear from various stakeholders.

– 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon fundraiser for Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling.

– 4 p.m.: Retirement celebration for University of Wisconsin-Stout Chancellor Bob Meyer.

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