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GOP Moves to Open Pandora’s Box PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Jordan Krieger   
Wednesday, 08 November 2017 07:05

lady-liberty-holding-nosePush for Constitutional Convention Jeopardizes Civil Rights, Responsible Governance

MADISON – Late Tuesday afternoon, Republican members of the Wisconsin State Senate voted for resolutions calling for a constitutional convention. Conservative advocates argue that the convention is needed to pass a “Balanced Budget Amendment,” which could restrict how the federal government responds to national emergencies.

Previous changes to the U.S. Constitution have been made through the traditional amendment process, which requires a two-thirds vote from elected federal representatives in both houses of Congress. Through this process, the U.S. Constitution was amended to end slavery, grant equal voting rights, and provide equal protection under the law.

Instead of this process, which requires elected members of Congress to vote on specific proposals, Wisconsin’s GOP voted for a full-scale convention – where unelected delegates will have free reign to add and subtract rights at their leisure.

lena-taylor.“We have a constitutional amendment process, and instead of this tried and true method, the GOP is opening the door to dismantle the rights and liberties we have spent decades defending,” said Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee).

“Making matters worse, the GOP is again stripping away the people’s voice. They are saying no to elected federal representatives and yes to unelected convention delegates.” Equal voting rights, a right to a jury trial, and protections against unreasonable search and seizures are all open to change once this process is initiated.”

Wisconsin is now the 28th state to call for a constitutional convention. In order to convene, 34 states are needed.

Speed and Secrecy Leaves the Public Out in the Cold PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kathleen Vinehout, State Senator 31st District   
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 16:22

capitol-nightTuesday’s State Senate calendar contains several bills that need time for proper debate, amendments to address significant concerns raised by the public, and bills that were sold as one thing and ended up being very different.

Bad Bills on Senate Floor Today PDF Print E-mail
Written by League Women Voters WI, Andrea Kaminski   
Tuesday, 07 November 2017 10:59

metallic-sulfide-mining-runoffThe Wisconsin State Senate will vote Tuesday on a Constitutional Convention, protecting water quality, and more. Get involved and call your own Senator.

MADISON - The Wisconsin State Senate will vote Tuesday on a reckless proposal to convene a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of adding a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Amending the U.S. Constitution is a radical tactic that puts at risk every citizen right that is currently protected in the Constitution.

miningIf you haven’t called your State Senator about this yet, now is the time to do it! Tell her/him that a Constitutional Convention to pass a balanced federal budget is a reckless proposal, and it should be rejected.

The State Senate will also be voting on AB 499, which protects water quality in Wisconsin. Current law prohibits the Department of Natural Resources from issuing a permit for sulfide ore mining until it determines that such an operation can exist without resulting in groundwater or surface water pollution or the release of heavy metals. AB 499 would repeal this prohibition.

Contact your State Senator and urge her/him to vote NO on AB 499 to protect our water quality.

Both of these proposals have already been passed by the State Assembly. The Constitutional Convention proposals do not even need to be signed by the Governor. Act now to protect our citizen rights and our water quality in Wisconsin.

For contact information for your own Senator, click here and enter your address above Find Your Legislators, near the little map of Wisconsin.  

You may also wish to join a gathering of people opposed to the Constitutional Convention at 9AM tomorrow at the State Capitol.

WEDC Seeing Foxconn Contract Today PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Scott May   
Monday, 06 November 2017 16:07

foxconn-wisconsin-plantA Good First Step, Taxpayer Protection Still Top Priority.

MADISON – State Senator Tim Carpenter (D-Milwaukee), released this statement regarding the release of the Foxconn contract on Monday 11/6/17 at 11:11 AM, to the Board of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC).

tim-carpenter"I am certainly glad that WEDC has come to the conclusion, even at this late date, that allowing the members of the WEDC Board to review the Foxconn contract is a logical step in ensuring that this deal is sound for the taxpayers.

"However, I fear that by stalling until Monday, and with the long and controversial session of the State Senate on Tuesday, there will be little time for purposeful scrutiny.

"I am looking forward to reviewing all of the vast materials released by WEDC today in preparation for this vote on Wednesday. I still view my role on the WEDC Board to be the protection and safeguarding of taxpayer funds. With that in mind, I will be scrutinizing this particular contract very, very closely. I also expect this moment to represent a sea-change in the way WEDC conducts its business and I call on the leadership of WEDC to commit to greater transparency and accountability."

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