Governor Scott Walker recently signed the following bills into law:

Assembly Bill 715 (Act 162) would allow a foreign trust company that has been issued a Certificate by the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions-Division of Banking to conduct business as a fiduciary through a branch office or place of business in Wisconsin. Authored Sen. Craig (R-Town of Vernon) and Rep. Jarchow (R-Balsam Lake).

Senate Bill 69 (Act 163) authorizes the operation of a motorboat towing a person on water skis, aquaplane, or similar device, without having a second person in the boat to observe the person being towed, if the motorboat is equipped with a mirror that provides the operator with a wide field of vision to the rear. Authored by Sen. Moulton (R-Chippewa Falls) and Jarchow.

AB 599 (Act 164) prohibits the DNR from reversing a determination that a stream or portion of a stream is non-navigable if certain criteria are met. Authored by Moulton and Rep. Quinn (R-Barron).

SB 84 (165) grants terminally ill patients access to investigational treatment options that are in the process of obtaining FDA approval but are not yet available on pharmacy shelves. Authored by Moulton and Rep. Snyder (R-Schofield).

SB 435 (Act 166) allows an emergency medical services responder, who, in the course of responding to a call for service encounters a domestic animal that is sick or injured, to render first aid if the service is in the comparable human scope of practice of the license of the responder. Authored by Sen. Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Rep. Considine (D-Baraboo).

AB 821 (Act 167) expands on current exceptions to public contract letting to allow for an improvement that is constructed by a private person and donated to the local government after the completion of construction. Authored by Cowles, Rep. Macco (R-Ledgeview), and Brooks.

SB 420 (Act 168) allows a minor to be employed without a child labor permit by a family business, as defined in the bill. Authored by Sen. Marklein (R-Spring Green) and Rep. Novak (R-Dodgeville).

AB464 (Act 169) increases from three feet to ten feet the maximum height at which a person may set or operate a trap or device built or used to capture birds on a pole, post, tree stump, or any other elevated perch if the person holds a valid migratory bird depredation permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Authored by Sen. Petrowski (R-Marathon) and Rep. Edming (R-Glen Fora).

SB 246 (Act 170) changes the definition of a “motor vehicle salvage dealer” to include a scrap metal processor or scrap metal dealer who acquires a motor vehicle for scrap or salvage and motor vehicle salvage dealer to acquire a vehicle whose certificate of title identifies a holder of a security interest if they pay the obligation in full. Authored by Petrowski and Rep. Schraa (R-Oshkosh).

AB 314 (Act 171) allows hunting from a mechanized lift attached to a motor vehicle. Authored by Petrowski and Rep. Spiros (R-Marshfield).

SB 135 (Act 172) creates a standard punishment by revoking the driver’s license of a repeat OWI offender after the fourth OWI, or after the second OWI in combination with two other serious OWI-related offenses such as injury by intoxicated use of a vehicle or second-degree reckless homicide involving a vehicle. Authored by Senator Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Spiros.

SB 541 (Act 173) expands the administrative subpoena process to include hotels as possible recipients of administrative subpoenas, and to include human trafficking crimes as violations for which an administrative subpoena may be issued. Authored by Wanggaard and Rep. Kleefisch (R-Oconomowoc.

AB 414 (Act 174) creates a crime for underage sexual activity and provides a criminal penalty. Authored by Wanggaard and Kleefisch.

SB 473 (Act 175) creates a system for alerts for missing veterans who have service-related health conditions. Authored by Sen. Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Kleefisch.

AB 869 (Act 176) would create a non-refundable tax credit for the development of low-income housing in Wisconsin. Authored by Testin and Rep. Summerfield (R-Bloomer.

SB 404 (Act 177) creates, for student entrepreneurs, an exemption to the $130 initial filing fee for articles of organization to form a limited liability company. Authored by Testin and Rep. Edming (R-Glen For a).

AB 625 (Act 178) requires for the Departments of Workforce Development, Health Services and Public Instruction to promote competitive integrated employment of people with disabilities. Authored by Sen. Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) and Edming.

AB 820 (Act 179) will establish procedures for temporary closure of sport shooting ranges to determine whether a safety hazard exists. Authored by Tiffany and Rep. Stafsholt (R-New Richmond).


Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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