Governor Walker Signs Seven Bills into Law

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed seven bills into law at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison today.

Senate Bill 455, now Act 371, increases penalties for drunk driving offenses and aligns state law with surrounding states in how multiple offenders are penalized. The bill was authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Representative Jim Ott (R – Mequon).

Assembly Bill 624, now Act 372, allows alcohol retailers to retain invoices in electronic format rather than paper and eliminates the local referendum option for the elimination of all alcohol licensing. The bill was authored by Representative David Steffen (R – Green Bay) and Senator Luther Olsen (R – Ripon).

Senate Bill 387, now Act 373, provides clear statutory guidance to prevent confusion and aid in finding children a good, permanent home by establishing and clarifying procedures for changing the placement of a child or juvenile who is involved in the juvenile court system. The bill was authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Representative Joan Ballweg (R – Markesan).

Senate Bill 533, now Act 374, regulates the production and use of photo identification cards by local units of government to protect taxpayers and the integrity of elections. The bill was authored by Senator Van Wanggard (R – Racine) and Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R – New Berlin).

Assembly Bill 549, now Act 375, makes it more convenient for physical therapy patients to obtain a needed x-ray by allowing physical therapists who fulfill certain criteria to order x-rays.  Rather than being referred to another healthcare provider, physical therapists will be able to order an x-ray for the physical therapy patient, thus providing more prompt treatment and reducing costs to the patient. The bill was authored by Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R – New Berlin) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R – Racine).

Assembly Bill 720, now Act 376, shortens the length of the redemption period in the foreclosure from a six or 12 month process to a three or six month process.  This incentivizes borrowers to negotiate with lenders and reduces the possibility properties will be abandoned, left in disrepair, or damaged. The bill was authored by Representative Terry Katsma (R – Oostburg) and Senator Frank Lasee (R – De Pere).

Assembly Bill 901, now Act 377, increases funding to the Arts Board by $13,800 for fiscal year 2015-16. This grant from the National Endowment for the Arts requires a 1:1 match from each recipient and allows the Wisconsin Arts Board to fully match available federal funding to support the development of arts and humanities throughout the state. The bill was authored by Representative Joan Ballweg (R – Markesan) and Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls).

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Marion – Lions Fish Derby 2-27-16

Written & Photo’s By: Timothy Zilch

 

Mother Nature made it an awesome year attendance and weather! Many attending the event remember not being able to get on the ice due to the ice being to thin and other years it was so cold no one was sitting on the ice fishing.

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Here is some pictures of the events taking place.

 

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Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 293 Into Law

From: Laurel Patrick

Governor Scott Walker Signs Senate Bill 293 Into Law

 

Green Bay – Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 293 into law today at the Bellin Psychiatric Center in Green Bay.  Senate Bill 293 works to improve mental health service delivery in Wisconsin by giving health care providers tools to allow for greater coordination of care, greater access to care, and more efficient health care delivery for those suffering from mental illness.

“The legislation we’re signing today improves the delivery of mental health services to Wisconsin patients, with the potential to reduce our state’s costs in the Medicaid program,” Governor Walker said.  “Treating mental and physical health together is of great importance for Wisconsin citizens.  We want to break the stigma associated with mental health issues and assist people in getting the care they need by continuing to invest in resources which support a healthier and more prosperous Wisconsin.”

Senate Bill 293 – establishes the Behavioral Health Care Coordination Pilot program, the Medicaid Psychiatric Consultation Reimbursement Pilot program, as well as a mental health bed tracker program.  The Behavioral Health Care Coordination Pilot program tests alternative, coordinated care delivery and Medicaid payment models designed to reduce costs and improve care for Medicaid recipients who have significant or chronic mental illness.  The Medicaid Psychiatric Consultation Reimbursement Pilot program will test a new payment model to encourage psychiatrists to provide consultation to primary care providers treating a small population of Medicaid adults with mild to moderate mental health needs.  Senate Bill 293 also establishes an online bed tracking system, which shows the number of available child, adolescent, adult, and geriatric inpatient psychiatric beds throughout the state.  The system will be available to any hospital emergency department in Wisconsin.  Authored by Senator Leah Vukmir (R – Brookfield), Senator Janet Bewley (D – Mason), Representative Mary Czaja (R – Irma), and Representative Debra Kolste (D – Janesville), the bill passed the Senate with a vote of 30-0 and was concurred by the Assembly with a vote of 98-0.  It is Act 153.

Wisconsin Students Award Ron Johnson a Failing Grade 2-26-16

From: Jonah Hermann, Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters 

Wisconsin Students Award Ron Johnson a Failing Grade,
Announce Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2015 National Environmental Scorecard

Full scorecard available in English and Spanish here.

GREEN BAY, WI — Today, students from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, St. Norbert College, Green Bay area educators, and other community leaders unveiled League of Conservation Voters’ 2015 Environmental Scorecard at a rally outside the Brown County Courthouse. This year, more votes than ever were tracked, revealing that the 114th congress has unleashed more attacks on our natural resources than any other year in our history.

UW-Green Bay student, Lorissa Banuelos, said “As a leader of UW-Green Bay’s student environmental group, I know the importance of conserving our air, land, and water for the next generation. When I talk to my peers, they agree, and together we are doing our part in our community to ensure Wisconsin remains safe and beautiful for our children. I am disappointed to see Ron Johnson’s grade so out of touch with reality.”

Scores are given to every member of the U.S. House and Senate. In Wisconsin, the most notable score was Senator Ron Johnson, who received a zero, bringing his lifetime environmental score to just four percent.

Maggie McConnaha a St. Norbert student, criticized Johnson, saying “Today, I join with my fellow students in giving Ron Johnson an F grade for his assignment to protect our natural resources. We are ashamed that Ron Johnson sided with corporate polluters and not the needs of his constituents. Students like us all across the state will not stand for this behavior from our Senator.”

Thielen continued, “Our decision makers in Washington DC need to stand up for us and support legislation that aims to reverse the undeniable science of climate change, not take steps to roll back progress we have already made on this enormous threat to our community.”

The 2015 Scorecard includes votes cast during the first session of the 114th Congress. Both chambers seemingly left no environmental issue untouched in 2015, with assaults on the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the Antiquities Act. It includes 35 House votes, which ties the record for the most votes scored in the House for the fourth time in five years, and 25 votes in the Senate, the second highest number ever included.

NWS AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI

AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY WI
542 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016

UPDATED AVIATION PORTION FOR 00Z TAF ISSUANCE

.SHORT TERM…TONIGHT AND WEDNESDAY
ISSUED AT 341 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016

A BAND OF SNOW MOVED ACROSS THE REGION THIS AFTERNOON…PRODUCING
A QUICK 2 TO 5 INCHES OF SNOW WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS. SNOW…
MODERATE TO HEAVY AT TIMES WILL CONTINUE INTO THE EARLY EVENING
HOURS. DRY SLOT EXPECTED TO MOVE ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST TWO THIRDS
OF THE FORECAST AREA LATER THIS EVENING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.
WILL CONTINUE HEADLINES FOR MOST OF THE AREA THROUGH THE CURRENT
EXPIRATION TIMES. THE ONLY EXCEPTION WAS FOR WINNEBAGO…CALUMET
AND MANITOWOC COUNTIES WHERE IT MAY BE WARM ENOUGH FOR ALL LIQUID
LATER THIS EVENING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS.

A WEAK DISTURBANCE MOVING ACROSS THE REGION WILL BRING ANOTHER 1
TO 3 INCHES OF SNOW AS THE LOW DEPARTS THE AREA. HAVE ACCOUNTED
FOR THIS SCENARIO IN THE WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS TO INDICATE TWO
SEPARATE TIMES FOR ADDITIONAL ACCUMULATION ACROSS CENTRAL INTO
EAST-CENTRAL WISCONSIN. THE SNOW SHOULD END BY LATE AFTERNOON
EVERYWHERE EXCEPT FOR THE FAR NORTH WHERE LAKE EFFECT SNOW SHOWERS
WILL LINGER THROUGH THE ENTIRE AFTERNOON. NOT MUCH CHANGE IN MAX
AND MIN TEMPERATURES DURING THE PERIOD.

.LONG TERM…WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY
ISSUED AT 341 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016

A VERY ACTIVE…YET MOISTURE STARVED…PATTERN WILL BE IN PLACE
ACROSS THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES FOR THE EXTENDED PERIOD. A SERIES
OF WEAK CLIPPER SYSTEMS WILL TRACK THROUGH THE GREAT LAKES AT
TIMES…BRINGING CHANCES OF SNOW SEVERAL TIMES THROUGH THE
EXTENDED. HOWEVER AS WAS MENTIONED…THE SYSTEMS WILL BE MOISTURE
STARVED AND NOT PARTICULARLY STRONG…WHICH WILL LIMIT SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS SIGNIFICANTLY.

LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL BE ONGOING WEDNESDAY NIGHT TO START THE
EXTENDED ACROSS VILAS COUNTY…WHICH WILL BE QUICKLY SHUTTING DOWN
AS WINDS TURN WESTERLY AHEAD OF ONE IN A SERIES OF WEAK CLIPPER
SYSTEMS TRACKING THROUGH THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES. THE WEAK CLIPPER
ITSELF WILL TRACK THROUGH LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND INTO
THURSDAY EVENING. THIS CLIPPER WILL HAVE A WEAK SIGNATURE IN THE
SURFACE MSLP FIELD WITH A WEAK MID LEVEL SHORTWAVE ASSOCIATED WITH
IT. THEREFORE WILL MAINTAIN THE SLIGHT CHANCE POPS FOR SNOW WITH
LITTLE TO NO SNOW ACCUMULATION EXPECTED FROM THIS FIRST CLIPPER
SYSTEM.

THE NEXT CLIPPER SYSTEM WILL ALSO BE FAIRLY WEAK…TRACKING
THROUGH ON FRIDAY NIGHT. THIS SYSTEM WILL BE A BIT
STRONGER…HENCE THE SLIGHTLY HIGHER POPS…BUT SNOWFALL AMOUNTS
SHOULD ONLY AMOUNT TO A FEW TENTHS OF AN INCH…WITH THE BEST
CHANCES ACROSS THE NORTH WITH SOME ADDED BOOST BY LAKE SUPERIOR.

THE LAST CLIPPER SYSTEM WILL BE THE STRONGEST OF ALL THREE AS IT
AFFECTS THE AREA FROM SUNDAY THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY. THE SYSTEM
TRACKS OVER THE WESTERN GREAT LAKES ON SUNDAY…THEN DEEPENS AND
BECOMES CUT OFF FROM THE MAIN FLOW…AND LINGERS ACROSS THE GREAT
LAKES REGION THROUGH NEXT TUESDAY. WHILE THERE IS SOME MODEL
DISCREPANCIES REGARDING THE PROGRESSION OF THIS LOW IN THE MID
LEVELS…THERE IS AGREEMENT IN A LENGTHY PERIOD OF LIGHT SNOW
CHANCES AS THIS SYSTEM SPINS ACROSS THE GREAT LAKES REGION LATE
THIS WEEKEND AND EARLY INTO NEXT WEEK. INITIALLY SOME WARM AIR
ADVECTION WILL BRING HIGHS INTO THE LOWER TO MIDDLE 30S ON
SUNDAY…HOWEVER ONCE THE COLD AIR IS BROUGHT IN BEHIND THE
SYSTEM HIGHS WILL FALL INTO THE TEENS BY TUESDAY. WHILE SNOWFALL
AMOUNTS DURING ANY ONE PERIOD ARE EXPECTED TO BE FAIRLY
LIGHT…SNOWFALL WILL ADD UP DURING THE THREE DAY STRETCH THAT THE
SYSTEM AFFECTS THE GREAT LAKES.
&&

.AVIATION…FOR 00Z TAF ISSUANCE
ISSUED AT 542 PM CST TUE FEB 2 2016

IFR CONDITIONS WILL CONTINUE OVERNIGHT WITH LIGHT TO
MODERATE SNOW IN MOST PLACES. DRIZZLE OR FREEZING DRIZZLE POSSIBLE
LATER TONIGHT AT GRB/ATW/OSH/SUE/MTW. WEDNESDAY WILL START WITH
IFR CONDITIONS WITH SNOW SHOWERS BUT WIND UP WITH MVFR OR VFR BY
LATE AFTERNOON.
&&

.GRB WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES…
WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 10 PM CST THIS EVENING FOR WIZ048>050.

WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 6 AM CST WEDNESDAY FOR WIZ030-031-
035>040-045.

WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 9 AM CST WEDNESDAY FOR WIZ010>013-
018>022-073-074.

WINTER STORM WARNING UNTIL 3 PM CST WEDNESDAY FOR WIZ005.
&&

$$

SHORT TERM…..ECKBERG
LONG TERM……KURIMSKI
AVIATION…….RDM

Green Bay Fire Department – Holiday Wreath Program Wraps Up With Record Low Number of Fires

From:  Green Bay Metro Fire Department Public Information Officer Lt. Nick Craig

 

Green Bay, WI, January 4, 2016—The Green Bay Metro Fire Department has concluded the Holiday Wreath Program with a total of 5 residential home fires from November 26th, 2015 thru January 1st, 2016. Three of the 5 fires were caused by unattended cooking. One fire was caused by a dehumidifier and the other one is still under investigation. This is the lowest number that we have ever recorded since the programs beginnings over 10 years ago. In 2014 we ended with 13 bulbs, 2013 ended with 17, and 2012 had 14 just to name a few.

 

Cooking appliances, most commonly a stove or range, are the leading cause of home fires in the United States. Not surprisingly, they also rank number 1 for fire related injuries in the home.

 

Almost all cooking fires could be prevented if you follow some simple safety tips;

 

Stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking

 

If you have to walk away from the stove to answer the door, for example, turn the burners on low or preferably off and throw a towel over your shoulder as a reminder that you are cooking.

 

Having a working smoke alarm will help to ensure that in the event that a fire does start, you will have plenty of time to take action.

 

If a grease fire should happen to start on the stove, turn the burner off and place a lid or cookie sheet over the burning pan. DO NOT move the pan.

 

Winter months are especially dangerous for fires in our climate. Tips are as follows;

 

Have your furnace inspected by a licensed technician annually. He or she will make sure that your furnace is running efficiently and check it out for damage and leaks which could lead to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

 

Have your fireplace chimney inspected on a yearly basis. Soot buildup can easily cause a chimney fire. A “chimney sweeping log” does not remove soot or creosote from a chimney.

 

Carbon Monoxide is a silent killer. Place a CO detector in your home to warn you of a heating appliance malfunction.

 

Ensure that you have a working smoke detector on each level of your home.

 

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT – 12-28-15

FROM: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREEN BAY

ONEIDA-FOREST-FLORENCE-NORTHERN MARINETTE COUNTY-LINCOLN-LANGLADE-
MENOMINEE-NORTHERN OCONTO COUNTY-DOOR-MARATHON-SHAWANO-WOOD-
PORTAGE-WAUPACA-OUTAGAMIE-BROWN-KEWAUNEE-WAUSHARA-WINNEBAGO-
CALUMET-MANITOWOC-SOUTHERN MARINETTE COUNTY-
SOUTHERN OCONTO COUNTY-
830 PM CST MON DEC 28 2015

 

 

..MAJOR WINTER STORM CONTINUES TO PRODUCE DANGEROUS TRAVEL
CONDITIONS LATE THIS EVENING…

 

 

MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW…IN COMBINATION WITH SUSTAINED WINDS OF 20
TO 30 MPH…WITH PEAK WIND GUSTS RANGING FROM 35 TO 45 MPH WILL
CONTINUE TO SEVERELY IMPACT TRAVEL ACROSS MUCH OF CENTRAL AND
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN THIS EVENING. SNOWFALL RATES OF UP TO 1 INCH
PER HOUR ALONG WITH THE STRONG EASTERLY WINDS WILL OCCASIONALLY
PRODUCE NEAR WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. THE AXIS OF HEAVIEST SNOW IS
EXPECTED TO EXTEND FROM NEAR STURGEON BAY AND MARINETTE…SOUTHWEST
ACROSS THE GREEN BAY AND SHAWANO AREAS…TO NEAR MARSHFIELD AND
WISCONSIN RAPIDS. BY MIDNIGHT…THESE AREAS COULD SEE SNOWFALL
ACCUMULATIONS RANGING FROM 6 TO 10 INCHES…WITH LOCALLY HIGHER
AMOUNTS. SOME SLEET IS ALSO LIKELY TO MIX IN WITH THE SNOW OVER
PARTS OF MANITOWOC…CALUMET AND WINNEBAGO COUNTIES FOR THE NEXT
FEW HOURS.

 

 

THE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW…ALONG WITH THE STRONG EAST TO
NORTHEAST WINDS SHOULD BEGIN TO DIMINISH AFTER MIDNIGHT ACROSS THE
FOX VALLEY…WITH AREAS OF FREEZING DRIZZLE AND OR LIGHTER SNOW
PERSISTING UNTIL TUESDAY MORNING. THE MODERATE SNOW WILL CONTINUE
TO THE NORTH AND WEST OF GREEN BAY AFTER MIDNIGHT.

 

 

THE LATEST WISCONSIN ROAD CONDITIONS CAN BE OBTAINED BY CALLING
511.