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Senate to vote on numerous bills Tuesday

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Wisconsin State Senate is set to vote on a number of bills while in session Tuesday.

Informed Consent Bill - A state law covering what information doctors are required to tell patients would be expanded under a new bill in the Senate. The bill that's up for vote would expand the inform content law to apply to chiropractors, dentists, podiatrists and optometrists.

Cell Tracking - A bill that would prevent police authorities from tracking cell phone locations without a permit is up for a vote. Police would have to submit details about their investigation in order to get a warrant to track a cell phone. If this bill passes the Senate, it would head to Gov. Scott Walker for his consideration.

Use of Drones - This bill would make it a crime to deploy an unmanned drone capable of video or audio recording in areas where a person would reasonably expect privacy. This bipartisan bill would also require police to obtain warrants before using drones to collect evidence. This proposal in addition would make it a felony to sell, possess, or operate a weaponized drone.

Limited Accountability Bill - The senate has plans to vote on a limited school accountability bill in which public and private choice schools won't impose sanctions or assign letter grades to students. The bill had bipartisan support in the Senate Education Committee last week however may run into strict opposition in the Republican controlled Assembly. This proposal would require any school who receives public money to report a variety of data to the Department of Public Instruction beginning in the 2015 school year. 

Phosphorus Rules - The Republican sponsored bill would allow for delaying the implementation of costly phosphorus reduction rules. It gives communities and the industry more options and time for reducing the pollutant which causes algae.

Rubber Duck Bill - The "Ducktona 500" in Sheboygan Falls and "Lucky Ducky Derby" in Menomonee Falls could soon be in operation without the fear of breaking any laws. Non-profit organizations commonly race little plastic ducks with number on the bottom as fundraiser's. The legality of this practice came with the State Justice Department warned the Village of Mishicot that its race amounted to illegal gambling. Passage of this bill would create an exemption to these types of races.                     

Anti-Heroin Bills - Four bills with the purpose to combating heroin use and help those suffering from an addiction are up for a vote Tuesday. They have all previously passed unanimously in the assembly. The bills range from granting immunity to heroin user who are calling to help someone having an overdose, to allowing municipalities to hold prescription drug collection drives.

Aviation Sales Tax - The senate will be voting on a bill that would exempt aviation companies in Wisconsin from having to pay sales tax on aircraft maintenance parts and labor. The tax cut would cost about $3 Million of revenue lost but is expected to generate double that amount in increased business for aviation companies.                                 

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