Yesterday, lawmakers in the State Assembly passed a bill that was first introduced less than two weeks ago. Parts of the bill are identical to rape kit legislation introduced last year, that had bipartisan support. But the new bill has a few GOP “poison pills” that Assembly Democrats are unwilling to swallow. One new component […]
On Monday, Assembly Republicans introduced a new bill to prevent a future backlog of sexual assault kits. That bill is similar to a bipartisan bill introduced last May, which is stuck in committee and hasn’t received a hearing. Last year the backlog was cleared, when four-thousand rape-kits were tested, thanks to a federal grant. Ilse […]
In May of 2019, eight states, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Missouri, Arkansas and Utah have passed laws banning abortions that occur in the first or second trimester. The rash of legislation is an apparently coordinated attack on abortion rights seeking to force a repeal of the landmark Roe v. Wade decision by the […]
The state of politics in our nation can feel overwhelming as our political parties become more polarized and issues have become more heated. However, today we are reminded of the power of great government, with State Representatives Melissa Sargent (D-Madison), Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), and Evan Goyke (D-Milwaukee), on to discuss the work they are doing at […]
January 3rd, 2017 is Inauguration for the 2017-18 Wisconsin State Legislature. Four of Dane County’s State Representatives join Carousel Bayrd today to preview the upcoming session. Guests include: State Rep. Terese Berceau on conceal-carry on UW campuses; State Rep. Lisa Subeck on DOT and highway funding; State Rep. Sondy Pope on public education and vouchers; […]
State lawmakers heard public testimony this week on a controversial bill that would penalize local law enforcement for not fully cooperating with federal immigration authorities. The bill’s author suggests that so-called “Sanctuary Cities” like Madison have loose immigration enforcement standards that may provide cover for dangerous undocumented criminals. Immigrant rights advocates in Madison expressed concern that the measure would only drive undocumented immigrants into the shadows, while the Madison Police Chief was puzzled about why legislators considered Madison a “sanctuary” in the first place. Darien Lamen reports.