Packer Backs Concussion Bill
(AP) Longtime Green Bay Packer offensive lineman Mark Tauscher is throwing his support behind a bill in the Wisconsin Legislature designed to reduce youth concussions. Tauscher on Wednesday joined doctors, a lobbyist for the National Football League and others in support of the bill. The measure has passed the Assembly but stalled in the Senate.
Bill sponsor Sen. Alberta Darling called on the public to contact their senator to urge passage. She says some Republicans are opposed to placing mandates on schools and want to make compliance voluntary. The proposal would require that young athletes who suffer what appears to be a concussion would have to be immediately removed from the activity and not be allowed to return until examined by a health care provider and given written clearance.
Senate Passes Abortion Consent Bill
(AP) The Wisconsin state Senate has passed a bill placing new requirements on doctors and women before abortions can be performed. The Senate passed the bill Wednesday after Democratic opponents blocked a vote on Tuesday. It passed 17-15 on a party line vote. The bill would require doctors be present when prescribing abortion-inducing drugs. It would ban the use of web cams to do that, a practice not currently done in Wisconsin. The measure would also require doctors inform a woman on her right to refuse or consent to an abortion. The doctor would be required to speak to the woman away from any partner or family member. Republican supporters say the bill will protect girls and women from harm. It now heads to the Assembly.
Prison Reformers Want Fewer Inmates in Wisconsin
Wisconsin doesn't have the highest per capita prison population in the nation. Far from it. At 366 per hundred thousand people--just under 23 thousand prisoners overall--Wisconsin is in the bottom half of all states for incarceration rates. But a campaign kicking off today would drop that rate even lower.
A coalition of religious groups under the umbrella group WISDOM are today announcing their efforts to cut the state's prison population in half in a few short years. The group appears to have no clear plan for achieving the goal of reaching 11 thousand prisoners. But, if it does so, it would still give the state a higher per capita prisoner population than Minnesota.
Wisconsin Election Maps Back In Court
(AP) Federal judges in Milwaukee are reconvening in a case over whether the state's new election maps are constitutional. The case was delayed Tuesday as lawyers prepared arguments about the degree to which one particular witness might have to testify. Jim Troupis helped produce the maps for Republican lawmakers, and has said much of his involvement is protected by attorney-client privilege. The three-judge panel is expected to make a decision Wednesday. Democrats and an immigrant-rights group want the maps thrown out and redone. However, a separate issue was raised Tuesday over whether state law even allows the issue to be revisited. Republican lawmakers say the law only allows new maps to be drawn once every 10 years, but plaintiffs' attorneys say they just have to be completed in the first legislative session, which is still ongoing.
Group Launches Campaign in Favor of City Administrator
Launch of a campaign today to support a city administrator in La Crosse
Glen Jenkins is spokesman for the Administrator Yes! campaign. The group gathered in city hall this morning. La Crosse voters will decide the administrator question in a binding referendum on the April ballot.