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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fall session underway in state legislature

By State Assmeblyman Warren Petryk

Now that summer has officially ended the Assembly is back in session.  I am proud to have already supported several bills that will help everyone across our great state by providing more access to health care and updating our adoption laws. 

As I recently reported, Assembly Bill 253, ratification of the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, is a good, public safety bill that will allow for an expedited licensing option for physicians that voluntarily elect to practice in multiple states.  When applying to practice in another state, other than the one currently licensed in, a physician would apply for an expedited license and would forego having to complete a formalized licensure application and providing appropriate documentation to another state’s licensing board.  Simply, if the physician meets the requirements to be licensed in their current state, that proves their qualification to practice in other states as well. This will help to solve our issues, especially in rural areas of the state that deal with a physician shortage and lack of access to medical care. 

Currently, eleven other states have passed similar legislation.  Those states include our neighbors Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois who are already in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact.  Assembly Bill 253 passed the Assembly Committee on Health on September 18th, 2015 with unanimous support.  The full Assembly overwhelmingly supported this legislation as well and passed the bill 95 to 1. 

Also, the state Assembly passed, with bipartisan support, several bills to improve our laws on adoption.  These four bills were developed and recommended by the Legislative Council Study Committee on Adoption Disruption and Dissolution.  With the passage of these bills we will ensure that all adoptions in Wisconsin will be handled appropriately and no child will fall through the cracks of the adoption process. 

I look forward to the remainder of the fall session and moving forward by developing and passing more legislation that is good for all of Wisconsin.  

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