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.
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.
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.
Organic Conference Coming To La Crosse Center
When the 23rd annual MOSES Organic Farming Conference starts Thursday at the La Crosse Center, expect to see several thousand people milling around the downtown area. Center Director, Art Fahey, says this is one the largest events they will host this year...and he has seen it grow in size over the years.
In 1989, about 90 people attended the conference. Last year, over 3 thousand people attended the event. It is the largest organic farming conference in the U.S. organized by the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service.