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The May 5 WH&LA Capitol Insider provided a round-up review of several issues relevant to the lodging industry, including:

- Passage by the Joint Finance Committee of the proposed increases in Tourism Marketing Funding over the next two years;

- Reductions in funding and realignment of the Arts Board;

- SB 59, which would extends the deadline for registration with the DNR of a grandfathered pier from April 1, 2011, to April 1, 2012;

- Wisconsin Act 16, which prevents local ordinances from exceeding the state family and medical leave act relating to employer requirements on paid or unpaid leave; and

- SB 85, which would treat lack of payment for services rendered by a service provider the same as retail theft, which would be a misdemeanor or felony depending on the value of the service.

The entire Capitol Insider can be accessed here by clicking on the May 5 link. This link is password protected for lodging members only – contact Michelle in the WH&LA office if you need access to your password or help logging in.

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The Wisconsin hotel & Lodging Association invites you to participate in WH&LA Lobby Day 2011 on May 11, 2011. Learn about issues facing the lodging industry, hear from key state legislative leaders and meet with your legislators during the event. Activities will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Monona Terrace and will include lunch, concluding by 3:30 p.m. after meetings with legislators at the Capitol.

Fees: lodging, lodging executive, student, CVB and chamber members: $29
Associate members: $39
Non-member lodging: $49

Register online now! Registrations with payment must be received by May 4, 2011.
Click here to download a copy of the registration form.

Overnight lodging: A block of guest rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Madison for a rate of $79 + tax per night. Rooms can be booked online here or through the hotel at 608/251-1189. To book a room at the Hilton Monona Terrace, contact the hotel at 608/255-5100.

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The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) will ask the Court of Appeals to reconsider the ruling released yesterday finding the Mandated Paid Sick Leave Ordinance approved by voters in the City of Milwaukee in 2008. For more about the ordinance implementation timeline and Senate Bill 23 and Assembly Bill 41, read the March 25 issue of Capitol Insider here. This page is password protected for lodging members only. For help logging in, e-mail Michelle in the WH&LA office or call 262/782-2851.

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Now that the Legislative Session has ended, all the bills WIA has been carefully tracking have either passed or failed. Check out the WIA Legislative Tracker, complete with end-of-session updates and a short synopsis of each bill to see what may affect your property.

Got questions? Contact the WIA office at 262/782-2851.

WIA Member lodging properties must use their user ID and password to view the info in the link above. Forgot your password? E-mail Michelle in the WIA office.

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With the state legislature adjourning early this morning (actually earlier yesterday afternoon for the state Senate) concluding regular business for its two-year session, many bills failed because they did not pass both the Assembly and the Senate in time.

WIA has highlighted the final status of a number of bills of interest to the lodging industry, as well as a number of bills that were today sent to the Governor’s desk for his determination whether to sign them into law or let them expire without action. (continue reading)

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