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The great outdoors

Posted at 1:46 PM on January 24, 2007 by Bob Collins

Another nearly 100 bills will be filed in the Senate tomorrow, three of them calling for a constitutional amendment on natural resources. SF 229 (Pariseau, Wergin, Gimse, Ingebrigtsen, and G. Olson) appears to be the GOP vesion which dedicates sales tax receipts of 1/4 of one percent for natural resources.

SF 270 (Skogen, Koering, Sheran, Anderson) increases the sales tax by 1/4 of 1 percent . SF 290 (Ingebrigtsen, Wergin, Gimse, and Senjem) proposes 1/8 of 1 percent of sales tax to go to provide angler and hunting access.

Those are the new -- but by no means -- only Senate bills on the subject. In fact, as I type this, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources is holding a hearing on 4 bills. SF6, 20, 37, 137 and 210. They've all earned BH (bills heard) points today. Sens. Saxhaug, Pogemiller, Chaudhary, and Anderson had their names on several of them.

Some of these combine funding for the arts, so expect another bloodbath on this at Capitol as there was last year.

Other bills filed today:

SF 238 (Sheran, Latz, Rosen, Dibble, and Dille) is the smoking ban bill, also now known as the Freedom to Breathe Act of 2007.

SF 241 - prohibits the sale of information provided on a mortgage application. I said in an earlier posting that a House bill that got a hearing (and earned points) yesterday did not have a companion in the Senate. Now it does.

SF 243 (Prettner Solon) requires human papilloma virus vaccination of girls.

SF 247 - Doubles the fine for any moving violation while yakking on the cellphone.

SF 307 (Prettner Solon, Erickson Ropes, Tomassoni,and Pappas0, regulations the tuition and fees paid by Wisconsin kids who go to the U of M. That should be a good one!

All the bills can be viewed here.

All MFL pages will be updated soon. I hope.