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Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
Public Policy Achievements
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Public Policy Achievements


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