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April 22, 2014

State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R-Wauwatosa

When Gov. Scott Walker signed 62 bills into law April 8, many of them had been shaped by Vukmir.

One bill she co-authored creates a a new mental health board that takes away the authority from the Milwaukee County Board to create policy for mental health issues and oversee the county's Mental Health Complex.

Another bill sponsored by Vukmir and signed into law April 8, allows doctors to make statements that express "apology, benevolence, compassion, condolence, fault, liability, remorse, responsibility or sympathy" to a patient or a representative of a patient without it being held against them as evidence of liability.

Vukmir also authored a bill, signed into law April 8, criminalizing what is known as "revenge porn," when someone posts nude photos of an ex-girlfriend or ex-boyfriend online. Under the new law, anyone who disseminates sexually explicit images of someone without their consent could face up to $10,000 in fines and nine months in jail.

State Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield

Kooyenga co-authored two of the bills Walker signed April 8. One allows people to earn barbering and cosmetology licenses more quickly. Another allocates $90,000 from the general fund to Robert Stinson, whose conviction for the murder of Ione Cychosz in 1984 was recently overturned due to DNA testing.

Kooyenga also co-authored two bills Walker signed into law April 16. One allows Milwaukee to enter agreements with state departments to issue licenses to restaurants at any time during the year. Another allows the city of Madison to use tax-incremental financing on parking structures.

U.S. Sens. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, and Ron Johnson, R-Oshkosh

The Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday, April 20, that Johnson raised $407,886 in the first three months of this year, while Baldwin raised $134,870.

Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Menomonee Falls

Sensenbrenner has accused Director of National Intelligence James Clapper of committing perjury earlier this year when he told senators the National Security Agency was not collecting data about millions of Americans. Attorney General Eric Holder said the Justice Department is reviewing materials sent by Sensenbrenner and other members of Congress calling for Clapper's prosecution, but has not said whether the department is investigating the matter.

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