Rape kit tracking, lead testing and ballot selfies: Here are the bills the Assembly is leaving to die

The state Assembly finished its regular business for the year on Thursday, leaving bills still needing the house’s approval to die.

Another floor period was approved March 24, 25 and 26, during which the state Senate will meet for the final time, though no Assembly sessions are scheduled.

By not meeting again, the Assembly won’t be able to send bills that made it through the Senate to the governor, including the following:

Rape kit tracking: This bill would have created an online system for victims of sexual assault to track the progress of their rape kit in the testing process.

Stalking: This bill would have modified the definition of stalking to include texting and online interactions.

Ballot selfies: This bill would have removed the felony penalty for a person who showed someone – or snapped a selfie with – their marked ballot.

Ignition interlock: This bill would have changed current law for first-time OWI offenders requiring courts to order that the person’s operating privilege be restricted to operating motor vehicles that are equipped with an IID, but need not order that a person’s motor vehicles be equipped with an IID.

Childcare lead testing: This bill would have required child care centers, child care providers, and recreational and educational camps to test for lead in drinking water and to provide potable water if lead contamination is found in order to stay certified.

Policing grants: This bill would have created grants for municipalities for costs associated with additional policing to address automobile theft and carjacking.

The Senate is scheduled to meet one more time for the year and will need to pass bills from the Assembly in order to send them to the governor. Some of those are as follows:

Pharmacists prescribing birth control: This bill allows pharmacists to prescribe and dispense hormonal birth control.

Pre-existing conditions: This bill protects coverage of pre-existing conditions by health insurance.

Worker’s comp and PTSD: This bill aims to make it easier for law enforcement to file claims with the Worker’s Compensation Fund for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The Senate passed a version of this already, but it still needs to approve an amendment passed in the Assembly.

Agriculture tax credit: This bill creates an income tax credit for farm building construction for people who make at least $35,000 a year from farming.


Some bills News 3 Now covered never got a debate in either chamber:

Referee harassment: This bill would have created penalties for those who harass sports officials.

First offense OWI criminalization: This bill criminalizes the first OWI offense. Currently, the first offense is a civil violation.

Pelvic exams: This bill would have required hospitals to have and enforce a policy requiring written and verbal informed consent before a medical student performs a pelvic exam on an unconscious or anesthetized patient.

Colby cheese: This bill would have made Colby the state cheese of Wisconsin.