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    Improve the health of the people of Wisconsin by supporting and strengthening physicians' ability to practice high-quality patient care in a changing environment.

 
Track issues the Wisconsin Medical Society is following during the current biennium below. Click here if you wish to view legislation of importance to the Society during the 2013-2014 biennium or 2011-2012 biennium.

Legislative Bills/Resolutions

Access


Assembly Bill 310
Relating to: family planning and preventive health services grants and granting rule-making authority. Read more.

Ethical/Judicial


Assembly Bill 305 and Senate Bill 260
Relating to: sale and use of fetal body parts and providing a criminal penalty. Read more.

Insurance


Assembly Bill 197 and Senate Bill 138
Relating to: information to be provided by insurers about health care plans offered on the American health benefit exchange. Read more.

Assembly Bill 394 and Senate Bill 312
Relating to: review of proposed changes to public employee group health insurance programs. Read more.

Medical Examining Board


Assembly Bill 253 and Senate Bill 196
Relating to: ratification of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and making appropriations. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 660 and Senate Bill 520
Relating to: guidelines for prescribing controlled substances and the examination authority of the Medical Examining Board. Read more.

Proposed Rule: General update and cleanup of rules
Society position: Undisclosed

Proposed Rule: Telemedicine
Society position: Undisclosed

Proposed Rule: Continuing medical education for prescribing opioids
Society position: Undisclosed

Assembly Bill 726 and Senate Bill 568
Relating to: renaming, changing the membership of, and eliminating certain professional licensure boards and transferring certain functions to the Department of Safety and Professional Services and the Medical Therapy Examining Board; eliminating certain c… Read more.

Medical Liability


Assembly Bill 255
Relating to: video recording of surgical procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, requiring the exercise of rule-making authority, and providing penalties. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 498 and Senate Bill 378
Relating to: claims for loss of society and companionship in medical malpractice cases. (FE) Read more.

Public Health


Assembly Bill 94 and Senate Bill 46
Relating to: causing harm to a child by cosleeping while intoxicated, providing information about safe sleep, and providing a penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 96 and Senate Bill 74
Relating to: prescriptions for controlled substances issued by optometrists and providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures. Read more.

Assembly Bill 49 and Senate Bill 35
Relating to: waiting period for handgun purchases. Read more.

Assembly Bill 146 and Senate Bill 120
Relating to: access to investigational drugs, devices, and biological products and limitations on liability related to their use. Read more.

Assembly Bill 170 and Senate Bill 132
Relating to: regulating the use of vapor products. Read more.

Assembly Bill 179 and Senate Bill 125
Relating to: restrictions on the use of electronic devices used for inhaling or exhaling vapor or a vaporized solution. Read more.

Assembly Bill 228 and Senate Bill 221
Relating to: definition of tetrahydrocannabinols. Read more.

Assembly Bill 237 and Senate Bill 179
Relating to: requiring a determination of probable postfertilization age of an unborn child before abortion, prohibiting abortion of an unborn child considered capable of experiencing pain, informed consent, abortion reporting, and providing a criminal penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 266
Relating to: requiring or allowing persons who have committed certain offenses related to drunken driving to acquire an ignition interlock device in order to operate certain motor vehicles and providing a criminal penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 307 and Senate Bill 198
Relating to: providing exemptions from practice protection laws for complementary and alternative health care practitioners; requirements and prohibitions for individuals who provide complementary and alternative health care services; and enforcement of practice and title protection laws by the Department of Safety and Professional Services. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 312 and Senate Bill 218
Relating to: limitations on requiring vaccination against influenza. Read more.

Assembly Bill 364 and Senate Bill 268 (HOPE)
Relating to: reporting, disclosure, and practitioner review requirements under the prescription drug monitoring program; providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures; and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 365 and Senate Bill 269 (HOPE)
Relating to: duty of law enforcement officers to report to the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program controlled-substance violations, opioid-related drug overdoses or deaths, and reports of stolen prescription drugs. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 366 and Senate Bill 272 (HOPE)
Relating to: pain clinic certification and requirements, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 367 and Senate Bill 271 (HOPE)
Relating to: reporting by treatment programs using methadone and requiring review of prescription drug monitoring database. Read more.

Assembly Bill 352
Relating to: requiring persons accused of violating traffic laws and ordinances related to driving while intoxicated to appear in person in court. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 353
Relating to: requiring a mandatory minimum sentence for causing bodily harm to another while driving while intoxicated and providing a penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 400 and Senate Bill 332
Relating to: use of child safety restraint systems in motor vehicles. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 408 and Senate Bill 293
Relating to: behavioral health care coordination pilot projects, psychiatric consultation reimbursement pilot project, access to information on availability of inpatient psychiatric beds, and making appropriations. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 427 and Senate Bill 345 (HOPE)
Relating to: prescription, dispensing, and delivery of opioid antagonists. Read more.

Assembly Bill 489
Relating to: recodification of the child abuse and neglect reporting law; making probation agents, parole agents, and certain employees, contractors, and volunteers of schools and institutions of higher education mandated reporters of child abuse and negle… Read more.

Assembly Bill 501 and Senate Bill 456
Relating to: various changes to the worker’s compensation law, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 502
Relating to: regulation of liquid nicotine packaging, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 536 and Senate Bill 455
Relating to: penalties for, and elements of, certain operating-while-intoxicated offenses and providing a criminal penalty. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 545 and Senate Bill 412
Relating to: providing lifesaving skills instruction to pupils. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 549 and Senate Bill 453
Relating to: the authority of physical therapists to order X-rays and granting rule-making authority. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 697
Relating to: the sale of unpasteurized milk and unpasteurized milk products and an exemption from requirements for certain dairy farms. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 724 and Senate Bill 536
Relating to: various changes to the worker’s compensation law, granting rule-making authority, and making an appropriation. (FE) Read more.

Assembly Bill 791
Relating to: informed consent for psychotropic medications in nursing homes and community-based residential facilities. (FE) Read more.

Other


Assembly Bill 625
Relating to: the 2015-17 Authorized State Building Program, providing a grant for the construction of a medical school campus in the city of Jefferson, granting bonding authority, and making appropriations. (FE) Read more.
 

 

Budget Bill Subjects

When the Budget Bill is introduced in the legislature, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau assigns subject areas to the bill on which the Lobbying Principals report interests. The Society has reported an interest in the subject areas:

  • Administration: Transfers
  • Budget Management and Compensation Reserves
  • Financial Institutions and Professional Standards
  • Health Services: Medical Assistance – General
  • Health Services: Public Health and Other Programs
  • Insurance
  • Safety and Professional Services: Agencywide Provisions
  • Safety and Professional Services: Program Transfers
  • University of Wisconsin System: Delete Current Law Related to the UW System
  • Workforce Development: Worker’s Compensation

 

Topics Not Yet Assigned a Bill or Rule Number

Support for nomination of Kitty Rhoades as Secretary of Department of Health Services.
Action Intended To Affect: Legislative matter
Reporting Date: Jan. 30, 2015

Nursing practice act & related rules
Action Intended To Affect: Both Legislative matter and rule
Reporting Date: Jan. 30, 2015

Heroin epidemic/opioid prescribing/etc.
Action Intended To Affect: Legislative matter
Reporting Date: Jan. 14, 2015

Worker’s Compensation
Action Intended To Affect: Both Legislative matter and rule
Reporting Date: Jan. 14, 2015

Interstate compact for physician licensing.
Action Intended To Affect: Both Legislative matter and rule
Reporting Date: Jan. 14, 2015