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State 2019-2020 legislative biennium taking shape

As the calendar nears the beginning of the 2019-2020 state biennium with inaugurations on January 7, 2019, expect a slew of news from Governor-elect Tony Evers’ transition team and state legislative leaders regarding cabinet secretaries and legislative committee rosters.

Governor-elect Evers made the first of his cabinet announcements Wednesday morning, naming secretaries for some of the major agencies: Administration (DOA), Corrections (DOC), Natural Resources (DNR) and Tourism. Still to come are announcements for agencies of particular interest to the Wisconsin Medical Society, such as Health Services (DHS), Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) and the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI).

In the legislative branch, Republican leaders in both the State Assembly and State Senate have announced legislative committees and their chairs, with further details such as the number of members in each committee and overall rosters forthcoming. Important committees and chairs include:

Assembly Committees
Health: Rep. Joe Sanfelippo, R-New Berlin
Aging and Long-Term Care: Rep. Rick Gundrum, R-Slinger
Children and Families: Rep. Pat Snyder, R-Schofield
Insurance: Rep. Kevin Petersen, R-Waupaca
Judiciary: Rep. Jim Ott, R-Mequon
Medicaid Reform and Oversight: Rep. Rob Summerfield, R-Bloomer
Mental Health: Rep. Paul Tittl, R-Manitowoc
Public Benefit Reform: Rep. Scott Krug, R-Nekoosa
Regulatory Licensing Reform: Rep. Cody Horlacher, R-Mukwonago
Substance Abuse and Prevention: Rep. Jon Plumer, R-Lodi

Senate Committees
Health and Human Services: Sen. Patrick Testin, R-Stevens Point
Insurance, Financial Services, Government Oversight and the Courts: Sen. Dave Craig, R-Big Bend
Judiciary and Public Safety: Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine
Labor and Regulatory Reform: Sen. Steve Nass, R-Whitewater
Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations: Sen. Chris Kapenga, R-Delafield

Contact Mark Grapentine, JD, for more information and check out this week’s episode of WisMed OnCall for a conversation about what lies ahead in the legislature with Gwyn Gunther of The Wheeler Report.

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