State Representative JoCasta Zamarripa announces introduction of three new bills

Milwaukee – Eighth Assembly District Representative JoCasta Zamarripa announces the introduction of three new bills before the Wisconsin General Assembly and will be holding a press event tentatively scheduled for Monday, 11:00am, February 3 at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1236 S Layton Blvd, Milwaukee, WI.

The first of the three bills is The Tuition Equity Bill. This bill will restore a provision that any Wisconsin resident that meets certain criteria be allowed to pay in-state tuition at Wisconsin’s public university. Current law allows the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System to charge different tuition rates to resident and nonresident students.

 

In order to be eligible students must meet the following conditions: 1) graduated from a Wisconsin high school or received a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation from Wisconsin; 2) was continuously present in Wisconsin for at least three years following the first day of attending a Wisconsin high school or immediately preceding receipt of a declaration of equivalency of high school graduation; and 3) enrolls in a UW System institution and provides the institution with an affidavit stating that he or she has filed or will file an application for permanent residency with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as soon as the person is eligible to do so. 2011 Wisconsin Act 32 eliminated the foregoing exemption.

This bill will bring economic relief to many hardworking Wisconsin students and enable them to enroll to public universities in Wisconsin.

The second bill, The Drivers Card Bill, will provide a means for undocumented drivers to operate a vehicle legally. Under this bill, an applicant for a REAL ID noncompliant driver’s license or identification card is not required to provide documentary proof that the applicant is a U.S. citizen or is otherwise lawfully present in the United States.

If the applicant does not have a social security number, the applicant is required to provide verification only that he or she does not have one, rather than verification that he or she is not eligible for one.

In processing an application for, and issuing or renewing, a REAL ID noncompliant driver’s license or identification card, DOT may not include any question or require any proof or documentation as to whether the applicant is a U.S. citizen or is otherwise lawfully present in the United States.

This bill would make Wisconsin’s roads safer and while allowing traffic card holders the ability to drive to work and provide for their families and contribute to the State’s economy.

The third and final bill will be the Cesar Chavez Holiday Bill. This bill honors a great American and hero of the civil rights era. It requires all state agencies to designate March 31 as “Cesar E.

Chavez Day” in observance of the birthday of Cesar E. Chavez. The bill designates this holiday as a “Floating Holiday.” That is, a public employee can chose to take March 31 as a paid holiday in lieu of another paid holiday.

Under the bill, if March 31 falls on a day on which the offices of a state agency are open, the appointing authority of the state agency is required to permit any employee of the state agency to receive that day as a paid holiday in lieu of receiving a paid holiday on one of the other paid holidays provided to state employees.

The bill also provides that the appointing authority may permit an employee to receive March 31 as a paid holiday only if the operations of the state agency are maintained at least at a minimum level.

 

The bill’s provisions apply to non-represented state employees and will only apply to represented state employees if so provided in applicable collective bargaining agreements.

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