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La Crosse Area Planning Committee looks to improve rail services.
The La Crosse Area Planning Committee is working to improve rail services along the Mississippi Corridor, particularly here in La Crosse. The group joined the Minnesota High-Speed Rail Commission as a voting member and financial contributor. The commission supports rail transportation services across the state of Minnesota. The La Crosse Area Planning Committee said now is a critical time to join the commission, especially as work begins on adding a second passenger train to travel that corridor from Minneapolis to Chicago. http://www.wxow.com/story/32764059/2016/08/15/la-crosse-area-planning-committee-looks-to-improve-rail-services
School is starting in the next several weeks and the Department of Transportation (DOT) is sharing information about new 8-Light Warning Systems on School Buses. According to the DOT, A vehicle approaching a school bus with an 8-light warning system must do the following:
AMBER WARNING LIGHTS – This is a cautionary message that the bus is coming to a stop and will soon be activating its RED warning lights. Traffic is allowed to bypass the school bus with care.
RED WARNING LIGHTS – Stop at least 20 feet from the bus and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the driver extinguishes the flashing red warning lights. Failure to do so will result in a minimum fine of $326.50 and four points.
This law does not apply to vehicles driving in the opposite direction on a divided highway but does apply if no barrier is present on multi-lane street or highway.
A vehicle that approaches a stopped school bus that is displaying flashing red warning lights must stop, regardless if the stop arm is out or not (Ss.346.48(1)).
Call all of the following State Senators on SB734 Relating to: pedestrians crossing railroad right of way. This committee needs to allow the concerned citizens and railroads work out their issues using the process put in place by The Office of the Commissioner of Railroads, pedestrian crossings. For additional information please visit the WISLB.org website.
2015 Senate Committee on judiciary and Public Safety
Senator Wanggaard (Chair) (608)266-1832 or 866-615-7510
Senator Vukmir (Vice-Chair) (608)266-2512
Senator Lasee (608)266-3512
Senator Risser (608)266-1627
Senator L. Taylor (608)266-5810
Call all of the following Assembly Representatives and request a NO vote on AB876 Relating to: pedestrians crossing railroads. This committee is having a public hearing on Thursday February 11, 2016 urgency is of the utmost importance. For additional information please visit the WISLB.org website.
2015 Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Representative Kleefisch (Chair) Phone (608)266-8551 – (888)534-0038
Representative Kremer (Vice-Chair) Phone (608)266-9175 – (888)534-0059
Representative Spiros Phone (608)266-1182 – (888)534-0086
Representative J. Ott Phone (608)266-0486 – (888)534-0023
Representative Rodriguez Phone (608)266-0610 – (888)534-0021
Representative Horlacher Phone (608)266-5715 – (888)529-0033
Representative Novak Phone (608)266-7502 – (888)534-0051
Representative Born Phone (608)266-2540 – (888)534-0039
Representative Duchow Phone (608)266-3007 – (888)534-0099
Representative Goyke Phone (608)266-0645 – (888)534-0018
Representative Kessler Phone (608)266-5813 – (888)534-0012
Representative Zamarripa Phone (608)267-7669 – (888)534-0008
Representative Johnson Phone (608)266-5580 – (888)534-0017
February 8, 2016 – Introduced by Representatives Nerison, R. Brooks, Kleefisch, Kulp, Skowronski and Tauchen, cosponsored by Senators Marklein, Miller and Vukmir. Referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety.
AB876,1,2 An Act to create 192.32 (1) (c) of the statutes; relating to: pedestrians crossing railroads.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, with certain exceptions, no person may enter or remain on railroad tracks. The prohibition does not apply, among other things, to the use of public highways or to a person driving across a railroad from one part of the person’s land to another.
This bill provides that the prohibition on entering or remaining on railroad tracks does not apply to a person walking directly across the tracks or right-of-way of a railroad.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do enact as follows:
AB876,1 Section 1. 192.32 (1) (c) of the statutes is created to read:
AB876,1,5192.32 (1) (c) To prevent any person from walking directly across the tracks or right-of-way of any railroad.
192.32 Trespassing on railroad.
192.32(1) (1) No person, other than a licensee, authorized newspaper reporter or person connected with or employed upon the railroad, may walk, loiter or be upon or along the track of any railroad. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to do any of the following:
192.32(1)(a) (a) To interfere with the lawful use of a public highway by any person.
192.32(1)(b) (b) To prevent any person from driving across any railroad from one part of that person’s land to another part thereof.
192.32(1)(d) (d) To interfere with the use of the right-of-way or track by any person in connection with, either directly or indirectly, the shipping, loading or unloading of freight, seeking employment, the investigation or securing of evidence with respect to any accident or wreck or in conducting or transacting any other business for or with the railroad.
192.32(1)(e) (e) To interfere with the entry of any employee during or on account of labor disputes by employees.
192.32(2) (2) Each railroad corporation shall post notices containing substantially the provisions and penalties of this section, in one or more conspicuous places in or about each railroad station.
|Thu Feb 11||Assembly – Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety||REVISED: Public Hearing
|Items: AB839; AB876
|Thu Feb 11||Assembly – Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety||REVISED: Executive Session
|Items: AB273; AB604; AB621; AB670; AB671; AB776; AB839; AB876|
An Act to create 192.32 (1) (c) of the statutes; Relating to: pedestrians crossing railroads.
Status: Criminal Justice and Public Safety
Important Actions (newest first)
|Date / House||Action||Journal|
|2/9/2016 Asm.||Senator Nass added as a cosponsor|
|Date / House||Action||Journal|
|2/8/2016 Asm.||Introduced by Representatives Nerison, R. Brooks, Kleefisch, Kulp, Skowronski and Tauchen; cosponsored by Senators Marklein, Miller and Vukmir||584|
|2/8/2016 Asm.||Read first time and referred to Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety||584|
|2/9/2016 Asm.||Senator Nass added as a cosponsor|
|Today, Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin Vos held a press conference to unveil his plan to lower wages and weaken prevailing wage standards for hard-working people in Wisconsin. Rep. Vos conceded that there is no quantitative study that shows that repealing or weakening prevailing wage laws achieve cost savings for the state.But, in an attempt to continue to pay back large donations and please the Koch Brothers’ front-groupAmericans For Prosperity, Rep. Vos is continuing down a disheartening path of enacting legislation that hurts working people and our middle class.
Even Republicans like Rep. Dan Knodl, who support this proposal, agree that weakening the prevailing wage will “drive down wages” in our communities and “decrease wages” for working people.
Prevailing wage makes sure that taxpayer-funded projects use local workers who make a living wage; this contributes to the overall well-being of local economies. Prevailing wage strengthens the middle class and lifts up all workers. With prevailing wage, construction projects are top-quality because highly-skilled, well-trained workers are able to complete projects on time and on budget. Prevailing wage creates value through good wages for workers, stability for contractors and safe, sound and sturdy construction buildings for citizens. Protecting prevailing wage laws are essential for a strong and stable middle class.
From today’s press conference, it appears that attacks on the prevailing wage will be either snuck into the budget or pursued through independent legislation. Currently, the 2015-2017 Wisconsin budget is still being debated in the Joint Finance Committee. Along with weakening the prevailing wage, the budget is full of bad things for working people – all which hurt Wisconsin and take us backwards.
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From cuts to K-12 education, the privatization of homecare, job cuts for prison guards and attacks on our UW-System — this budget is all wrong for working class Wisconsinites. Driving down wages by weakening prevailing wage only makes a bad budget worse. Click here to find a budget phone bank near you!
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Laurel Patrick made the comments as an Assembly committee heard testimony on a repeal bill, which the committee later approved 5-4.
Walker has said prevailing wage wasnt a priority, and he has faced criticism from fellow Republicans for not more forcefully backing the legislation….
Ken Notes: Would it not make more sense to fix this law rather than repeal it? Exceptions for “apprentice” and “in training” laborers for example… …Display And/Or Share This article