Walker signs emergency allergy treatment, 7 other bills
Gov. Scott Walker signed eight new bills into law Wednesday.
Walker signs emergency allergy treatment bill
Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that permits businesses to keep a supply of epinephrine injections to counteract life-threatening allergic reactions.
Schools already can keep a supply of auto-injectors on hand. The bill allows camps, colleges, restaurants and other businesses to carry and administer the drug.
Auto-injectors are used to treat anaphylaxis, a potentially deadly allergic reaction that can construct airways and make it hard to breathe.
Wisconsin governor signs microbead ban
Walker signed a bill that bans microbeads, the plastic exfoliant in soap, toothpaste and other personal care products.
Scientists recently discovered that microbeads are flowing by the billions from wastewater plants into the Great Lakes and other water bodies. Manufacturers have already started substituting microbeads with natural substances including ground-up fruit pits, oatmeal and sea salt.
The bill would ban making personal care products containing microbeads starting in 2018 and disallow sales of products with microbeads starting in 2019.
The Senate passed the proposal in March and the Assembly followed suit in April.
Governor signs bill outlawing lies about military service
Walker has signed a bill that makes lying about military service a crime.
The Republican bill makes falsely claiming military service or a military award a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. If someone makes those claims intending to commit or aid another crime he or she would be guilty of a felony punishable by up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.
The Assembly passed the measure in April. The Senate followed suit in May.
Governor signs bill legalizing motorcycle lights
Walker has signed a bill that allows motorcycle owners to attached colored lights to their bikes.
Wisconsin law prohibits operating a motor vehicle with lights other than white or amber in front and red in the rear. But colored LED lights are becoming more popular on motorcycles. The bill allows people to outfit their bikes with any color lights other than red, blue or amber as long as they shine down and don’t flash or rotate.
Walker, an avid Harley-Davidson enthusiast. The Assembly passed the bill in April and the Senate followed suit in May.
Walker approves changes to recount fees
Walker has signed a bill that revamps Wisconsin’s election recount fee structure.
Currently recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 1,000 votes cast or less than half-a-percent in larger elections.
Requesters pay $5 per ward if the margin is 10 votes in smaller elections or falls between half-a-percent and 2 percent in bigger contests. Requesters pay full costs if it’s greater than 2 percent.
Under the bill, recounts are free if the margin is less than 10 votes with fewer than 4,000 votes or no more than 0.25 percent in larger elections. Otherwise requesters pay full costs.
Walker signs bill to track students in remedial classes
Walker signed a Republican bill that would require the University of Wisconsin System to complete a report tracking the origin high schools of students taking remedial courses.
The measure would require the system to determine the high schools with more than six students who must take remedial English and math courses at a UW school.
The system would have to submit a report to lawmakers and the state Department of Public Instruction, which would forward the document on to school boards.
The bill’s author, Rep. John Jagler, has said he hopes the report will spark questions about why students at those high schools aren’t ready for college.
Governor signs GPS anti-tracking bill
Walker signed a bill designed to curb using GPS devices to track people.
The measure makes placing a GPS device on another person’s vehicle without permission a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months in jail and $10,000 in fines. The measure carves out exceptions for police, parents and business owners tracking company vehicles.
Governor OKs bill ending SAGE program
Walker signed a bill to end Wisconsin’s classroom SAGE program.
The Student Achievement Guarantee Program provides aid to schools that maintain an 18-to-1 or 30-to-2 teacher-student ratio for poor students in kindergarten through third grade. Schools enter into five-year contracts under the program.
The bill prohibits new SAGE contracts or renewals beyond one-year extensions for deals expiring at the end of this school year.
In SAGE’s place the measure creates a program called Achievement Gap Reduction.
That program would allow existing SAGE schools to earn aid by implementing tutoring, coaching for teachers or maintaining SAGE class ratios. Unlike SAGE, all participating grades wouldn’t have to meet the ratios.
The Assembly passed the bill in June. The Senate passed it in May.