Billings Gets Byways Bill Through
A bill passed by the senate and assembly this week, would would change eligibility standards for the scenic byway program to include non state roadways, such as Bliss Road in La Crosse. It was penned by Representative Jill Billings and Senator Jennifer Shilling, both of La Crosse. We asked Billings how she got the bill, which received bi partisan support, to go through.
Currently in Wisconsin, only state or federal roadways are permitted designation, leaving many city, town and county roadways unable to apply for this program. Expanding the program to non state roadways would not only preserve more of Wisconsin’s scenic and historical areas, but allow for additional state and federal funds to help with promotion and upkeep of these local roadways.
Concussion Bill Being Looked At Locally
The state Senate has approved a bill designed to reduce concussions in youth sports. And even though several local high schools have tight protocols on how to handle them, MVC Commissioner, Terry Erickson, says schools may be adding to their current programs soon.
The bill would require the state and the WIAA to educate players, coaches and parents about concussions. Athletes who suffer apparent head injuries would have to be removed from practice or games. They would be prohibited from returning until they get a medical examination. The bill awaits a signature from the governor.
Hearing on Brian Stanley's Commitment Coming Within A Month
Bryan Stanley's future could be decided in the next 30 days...
And that future could mean that Stanley becomes a permanent resident of the Mendota hospital. Stanley...who killed three men at an Onalaska church in 1985...was jailed this week after reporting that he's been feeling anxiety. The district attorney's office has little involvement in the process to decide whether Stanley is recommitted, but D-A Tim Gruenke says he would participate in Stanley's upcoming hearing. Stanley was released from Mendota three years ago...angering families of his victims, because they were not told ahead of time that he would be freed.
Vikings Stadium Plans Stall
(AP) The plan to help finance a new Minnesota Vikings stadium has at least temporarily stalled at the Capitol, and Gov. Mark Dayton is pressuring key GOP leaders to help keep it moving.
Complaints Filed Against Charities Said to be Campaigning
A step too far for tax exempt charities in Wisconsin. Mike McCabe, with the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, has filed IRS complaints against three organizations for getting involved in political campaigns in the state. An action that violates the IRS code that grants them tax exempt status
Americans for Prosperity, the MacIver Institute and the Heartland Institute are targets for the complaints. McCabe says, in all cases, the groups have openly campaigned for Governor Scott Walker as he faces a recall election.