It asserts that despite the fact that a radical stripping of open records law was tucked into Thursday’s “motion 999” that the changes were “never intended to inhibit transparent gov’t in any way“.
Let’s assume I can pretend that Scott Walker and associated Republican legislators are properly chastised by conservative threats of recalls and coverage of their actions in the national press – let’s assume they will act true to their word on the open record side of things.
We still have the not so little problem of *THE REST OF MOTION 999*.
Last night instead of watching my neighbor blow things up until 2AM, I screen-capped and read the 24 page last-minute addendum and I typed out at least some obvious points to make it more user-friendly and keyword searchable.
Here is a partial list of the doozies:
#5 Letting homeschoolers evaluate themselves for inclusion in public school “interscholastic” sports with no ability of a school board to question the information.
#16 Loss of oversight of federal military property program
#18 Law enforcement officer-involved deaths: deletion of info. from public reports that “would not be subject to disclosure pursuant to the balancing test under the state’s open records laws”
#25 Making it more difficult to form a new state or local general employee union
#27 SEVERAL THINGS: Overhaul of committee governing the state retirement system // Halting surprise audits on a Chippewa Falls Veterans Home
#33 Making it more difficult to declare that lead paint is “lead-bearing paint”
#40 Deletion of all changes for the “needy veterans program“.
#42 (hey: THIS LOOKS BIG)
Allowing a “foreign risk retention group” to sell healthcare insurance (“medical liability insurance”) in Wisconsin
#48 Looks like a forced revamp of the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District
[multiple screenshots. scroll down to #48 HERE]#51 Allows any “business entity” to condemn real estate if it’s for transmitting oil or “related products” in Wisconsin (in accordance with the already business-controlled PSC)
#55 Limiting town or counties on conditional use permits AND limiting imposition of added insurance requirements on pipelines
#56 An employee can “voluntarily” choose to work without a day of rest
#58 Replace any references to a “living wage” with the words “minimum wage” PLUS lots of changes for specific minimum wage scenarios (what a golfing caddie is paid, for example)
[three screenshots of this – – visit the whole thing HERE and scroll down to #58
or link to the full 24 page document]#61 Payday lender authority expansion to MANY FINANCIAL PRODUCTS
#66 Extension of water or sewer service between municipalities
(this coupled with the changes in the Madison Sewer and Water + Contemplating the Waukesha wanting water out of Lake Michigan thing – LOOKS BIG)
#67 Restricting the Milwaukee County Executive from qcquiring property independently on lands zoned as parks in an area of Milwaukee within “Lincoln Memorial Drive, south of East Mason Street,…”
[multiple screenshots – – scroll down to #67 HERE]
The budget and this motion will next head to the Assembly. It appears that the Assembly will meet on Wednesday July 8th.
If you, dear reader, could scan this list and then give me any feedback, thoughts, comments on the severity or impact of the changes, I would be very grateful to you.
THANKS in advance.
Bloggers and writers are welcome to “steal my thunder” and start digging and writing on anything in this.
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