New bills for consideration
On the first day of the new legislative session, lawmakers circulated a series of bills Monday, looking for co-sponsors.
- Repeal the law that allows voters to register at the polls on Election Day.
- Allow off-duty law enforcement officers to carry firearms on school grounds.
- State constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote in the Assembly whenever lawmakers want to increase the state sales tax, income tax, franchise tax or any fees.
- Expand the ability of minors younger than 12 to drive ATVs.
- Require convicted drunken drivers to reimburse law enforcement for the cost of blood tests.
- Increase penalties for battering or threatening witnesses in a criminal case. Repeal a state prohibition on Sunday sale of motor vehicles.
- Prohibit sex offenders from being on school property without the offender notifying the school first.
- Exempt private stairway lifts and other hoists from some of the regulations on public elevators, escalators, etc.
- Increase penalty for retail theft and require those selling items in flea markets be able to provide proof of ownership.
- A law that would make theft of services – such as getting a manicure and not paying for it – a crime. Currently the statute only applies to theft of items and money.
- Extend gas and electricity tax exemptions for full calendar year.
- Allow police to arrest people suspected of violations punishable by civil forfeitures.
- Create a property tax exemption for machinery and personal property used for research.
- Subject people who violate domestic violence “no contact” provisions to criminal, rather than civil, penalties
- Protect homeowners from criminal charges if they use force to guard their homes.
- Expand Wisconsin’s Enterprise Zone tax credit program.
- Expand 25 percent income tax credit for investments on existing businesses to now include startups.
- Provide small businesses with 10 employees or less a tax credit if they hire employees who have been out of work for two months or more.
- Raise the cap for the existing tax credit for small- and medium-sized businesses that relocate to or expand in Wisconsin. The current cap is set at $10 million. The bill would increase that to $14.5 million.