Public Policy Achievements

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Public Policy Achievements

  1. 1. Public Policy Achievements By Scott Becher Chief of Staff Wisconsin State Rep. Steve Wieckert
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Developed, managed and negotiated implementation of a legislative portfolio of over 230 bills during the last two Wisconsin State Assembly legislative sessions for Rep. Steve Wieckert. </li></ul>Rep. Wieckert discussing a bill on the Wisconsin Assembly floor
  3. 3. Major State Program Developed <ul><li>Wisconsin Senior Care </li></ul><ul><li>3 years to the conception, development and negotiation of the Wisconsin Senior Care prescription drug plan, providing service to over 100,000 seniors through legislation enactment. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Landmark Model Law <ul><li>Cody’s Law- $10,000 Organ Donation Deduction Law </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced in 29 states, enacted in 13 states. </li></ul><ul><li>It was selected as a model law by both the Council of State Governments (CSG) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) in 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>The subject of a major 2008 John Hopkins School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Transplantation . </li></ul>Cody’s Law bill signing, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -January 31, 2004
  5. 5. Cody’s Law Across the Nation <ul><li>Arranged speakers for Minnesota House of Representatives public hearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted in preparing the bill’s fiscal note in the State of Maryland . </li></ul><ul><li>Prepared testimony about the bill for the Missouri State Senate public hearing. </li></ul><ul><li>Helped develop the bill signing remarks of New York State Governor George Pataki for its New York State signing. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Cody’s Law National P resentations <ul><li>Presented the law at 2004 AOPO (Association of Organ Procurement Organization) Professional Education Workshop in Washington, DC. </li></ul><ul><li>Rep. Wieckert was selected as a member of the 2004 NCSL’s “State Strategies for Organ and Tissue Donation” Technical Assistance Panel. </li></ul><ul><li>Assisted Rep. Wieckert in presenting at the 2005 Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration’s “An Eye on the Future: Insights into Cultural, Ethical ad Medical Issues of Anatomical Donation” conference in New York City. </li></ul>Rep. Wieckert and Cody Monroe appearing on the Fox News- November 28, 2005
  7. 7. Model Laws Created <ul><li>John’s Law </li></ul><ul><li>A subject of a forthcoming 2009 Indiana University Law Review article. </li></ul><ul><li>Hit & Run Improvement Act </li></ul><ul><li>Efforts underway to introduce the Wisconsin law in Ohio and Texas . </li></ul><ul><li>Jeremy’s Law- Cord Blood Information Law </li></ul><ul><li>The state of Tennessee adopted the Wisconsin Law. </li></ul><ul><li>Precious Cargo-School Safety Enhancements Bill </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a Wisconsin bill based on a regional Texas Department of Transportation program. Texas lawmakers used this bill as the basis for their legislation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Governor Implemented My Ideas <ul><li>Branding Wisconsin (Wisconsin Department of Tourism) </li></ul><ul><li>Film Tax Credit (Film Wisconsin) </li></ul><ul><li>“ On the Waterfront”- a state waterfront clearinghouse (Wisconsin Department of Commerce) </li></ul><ul><li>Actor Johnny Depp (below) </li></ul><ul><li>in Wisconsin filming the big </li></ul><ul><li>budget film- “Public Enemy.”   </li></ul>
  9. 9. National Uniform Laws Put Forward <ul><li>Rep. Wieckert authored three National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in Wisconsin: </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced- Debt-Management Services Act (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted - Athlete Agents Act (2005) </li></ul><ul><li>Enacted - Anatomical Gift Act (2007) </li></ul>Wisconsin State Journal- Anatomical Gift Act Endorsement- March 11, 2008
  10. 10. Legislative Council Studies <ul><li>Oversaw the creation of 45 Wisconsin Legislative Council studies during 6 year tenure . </li></ul><ul><li>Rep. Steve Wieckert chaired two Wisconsin Legislative Council Studies- </li></ul><ul><li>Special Committee on Debt Management Services, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Special Committee on Performance-Based Disease Management Programs for Large Populations,2008 </li></ul>
  11. 11. Performance-Based Disease Management Programs for Large Populations <ul><li>Arranged to bring to Wisconsin invited speakers from the US Assistant Surgeon General James M. Galloway to nationally known experts from the (CDC) Center for Disease Control , Emory University and (NCSL) National Conference of State Legislatures. </li></ul>US Assistant Surgeon General James M. Galloway
  12. 12. Debt Management Services <ul><li>Invited participant to 2007 National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws Uniform Debt Management Chicago conference. </li></ul><ul><li>A research source for the February 2008 State of Hawaii debt management legislation audit review. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Legislative Council Symposiums <ul><li>Arranged six legislative symposiums on media relations, economic development, trade, branding and healthcare issues . </li></ul>Capital Region Business Journal- June 2006. Business magazine coverage for an economic forum put on by the Wisconsin Legislative Council.
  14. 14. Transportation Conference <ul><li>Produced in association with Wisconsin Department of Transportation . </li></ul><ul><li>It received media coverage in The Post-Crescent , on WGBA -TV-Green Bay and in the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin newsletter . </li></ul>TDA Newsletter- July 1998
  15. 15. Branding Conference <ul><li>The first event in Curly’s Pub at historic Lambeau Field drew a capacity crowd in attendance. </li></ul><ul><li>Produce in association with WisPolitics . </li></ul><ul><li>It received extensive print coverage in The Post-Crescent , Green Bay Press Gazette and Green Bay News Chronicle and television news stories on two Green Bay television stations - WLUK and WFRV . </li></ul>Green Bay News Chronicle- September 25, 2003
  16. 16. Results <ul><li>A total of 49 bills and budget provisions have been enacted during my 10 year tenure. </li></ul>Anatomical Gift Act Bill Signing- March 17, 2008

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