The WPPA’s Inquest Bill Heads to Governor Doyle

THE WPPA’S INQUEST BILL APPROVED
BY WISCONSIN STATE ASSEMBLY

The bill must be approved by Gov. Doyle to become law

On Tuesday, December 6, the Wisconsin State Assembly passed the WPPA’s inquest bill on a voice vote. Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees when they are exonerated by inquests into their actions taken in the line of duty. Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon), SB 132 will protect public safety employees from having to second-guess their actions out of fear that a potential inquest could lead to financial ruin.

The inquest bill’s passage on the … Continue reading

The WPPA’s Inquest Bill to Get a Vote in the WIsconsin State Assembly

With the leadership of Assembly Speaker John Gard (R-Peshtigo) and Assembly Majority Leader Mike Huebsch (R-West Salem), the Assembly Rules Committee has voted to give the WPPA’s inquest bill a vote on the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly on Tuesday, December 6.  Senate Bill 132 would require public employers to reimburse law enforcement officers and other public safety employees for reasonable attorneys fees if an inquest finds no wrongdoing for actions taken in the line of duty.  Introduced by State Senator Ted Kanavas (R-Brookfield) and State Representative Brett Davis (R-Oregon), SB 132 would protect public safety employees from having to second-guess their actions out of fear that a potential inquest could lead to financial ruin.

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THE WPPA’S ARBITRATION OF DISCIPLINE BILL PASSED BY STATE ASSEMBLY

 

June 15, 2005

On June 14th, the WPPA’s arbitration of discipline bill, or Assembly Bill 185, passed the Wisconsin State Assembly in an impressive demonstration of bipartisan support. 69 legislators voted to support AB 185 and only 25 voted against the bill. Of those legislators voting to support AB 185, 39 were Republicans and 30 were Democrats.

Introduced by State Representative Garey Bies, Assembly Bill 185 would provide municipal law enforcement officers with the opportunity to appeal the disciplinary decision of a police and fire commission to an arbitrator, rather than to circuit court, if permitted in the officers’ collective bargaining agreement. The WPPA has sought this bill for many years, and the fact that this bill is … Continue reading

PROTECTIVE STATUS FOR JAILERS UPDATE

 

June 2005

On May 18, the Assembly Committee on Corrections and the Courts conducted a hearing on Assembly Bill 225.  Introduced by State Representative Stephen Freese (R-Dodgeville) and State Senator Dave Zien (R-Eau Claire), AB 225 would specifically classify county jailers as protective occupation participants for purposes of the Wisconsin Retirement System.

County jailers in Wisconsin currently endure substantial training requirements, and are forced to confront an extremely dangerous work environment.  In fact, the training standards for county jailers, who do not receive protective status, are identical to those of state prison guards, who do enjoy this classification.  Moreover, no one has disputed the fact that the job of a county jailer is at least as dangerous, if not more … Continue reading