Crim Champions Three Bills to Improve Credentialing
MADISON, Wis. – Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary-designee Dawn Crim is publicly supporting three bills that will shorten wait
times for license applicants. She has worked closely with Senator Dale Kooyenga (Brookfield) and Senator LaTonya Johnson (Milwaukee) to develop the
legislation that gives the department greater flexibility in its operations so that it can better serve its customers.
The first bill, LRB-5272 (Memo), grants the department more authority in how it handles certain past criminal or ordinance offenses that require legal review.
Currently, staff attorneys are required to evaluate all prior offenses before recommending whether to issue licenses. This bill would allow the department to
determine when some very old or minor offenses, such as those committed when the applicant was a juvenile or first-offense OWIs committed in the distant
past, could be exempt from this legal review.
While some states prohibit individuals with criminal histories from holding certain licenses, Wisconsin instead often opts for consideration of related facts
and circumstances. While this process enables individuals to rehabilitate themselves and enter many stable professions with family-sustaining wages, the
required legal review can be a time-consuming process for both the applicant and the department. Allowing the department to make certain determinations
without legal review—while still prioritizing its role in promoting public safety—will shorten wait times for applicants and will reduce staff workload for the
extremely lean agency.
“We recognize that certain offenses committed long ago and in the absence of any subsequent legal issues are almost never a barrier to licensure, and yet
our attorneys are required to review the facts and law at hand in every instance,” Secretary Crim says. “I believe in second chances. Our agency opens
doors to careers in rewarding professions, and this legislation gives us the tools we need to open those doors quickly.”
The second bill, LRB-5235 (Memo), extends the department’s ability to issue licenses recommended for approval after legal review. Many licenses require
approval by governing boards. This legislation will provide certainty for applicants and ensure licenses recommended for approval are quickly considered.
The third bill, LRB-5239 (Memo) grants the department authority to create provisional licenses. While the availability and parameters of provisional licenses
would vary from profession to profession, the legislation enables DSPS to create short-term licensure for individuals under specific circumstances. For
example, if a dental hygienist licensed in another state and with no record of discipline applies for a Wisconsin license, the department could decide to issue
a provisional license while the individual’s application is being processed. This would allow individuals to enter the workforce more quickly and remain
there without interruption if there is ultimately no basis for license denial.
“We have been working closely with Senator Kooyenga and Senator Johnson because we want our applicants to enter the workforce, support their families,
and contribute to the economy as quickly and easily as possible,” Secretary-designee Crim says. “These bills will allow us to better serve our customers
and promote economic activity while still protecting the safety and wellbeing of Wisconsin residents and visitors. I am pleased to work with my legislative
partners to improve operations at the department, which benefits the entire state.
“I look forward to bi-partisan collaboration that grants the Department of Safety and Professional Services the resources and support we need to work more
efficiently and effectively for our customers and constituents.”
The Department of Safety and Professional Services issues more than 240 different licenses, administers more than 100 boards and councils that regulate
professionals, enforces state building codes, and maintains the Wisconsin electronic Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which is a key tool in the multi-
faceted public health campaign to stem excessive opioid prescribing. A fee-based agency, the Department of Safety and Professional Services is self-
sustaining and receives no general fund tax dollars for its day-to-day operations. With five offices and 250 employees throughout the state, DSPS
collaborates with individuals and businesses across a wide range of industries.
It’s Not Too Late to Register to Vote
TWednesday, Jan. 29, is the final day to register to vote online or by mail prior to the February 18 Spring Primary.
The City of Madison Clerk’s Office encourages voters to check their registration at https://MyVote.wi.gov. Anyone who has moved – even to a new
apartment in the same building – will need to update their voter registration.
Voter registration is available at all absentee voting sites through the Friday before Election Day, and at the polls on Election Day. Proof of address is
needed when registering to vote, and may be electronic. Any of the following documents can be used as proof of address as long the name and address on
the document correspond to the name and address on the voter registration form:
Utility bill issued in the last 90 days (water, gas, electric, phone, cable, or internet)
Bank statement (bank, credit union, credit card, mortgage)
Current and valid Wisconsin driver license/ID
Government document (federal, state, county, municipal, tribal, UW, Madison College, or public school)
Residential lease effective on day of registration (cannot be used if registering to vote by mail)
Certified housing list from UW-Madison or Edgewood College (available at absentee voting sites and at the polls)
Affidavit from a social service agency providing services to the homeless
Contract or intake document from a nursing home or residential care facility
Homeless voters who do not have a traditional street address may register to vote using the map on the registration form to indicate a location they return to
on a regular basis. They may use a letter from a social service agency (public or private) as proof of residence.
An individual convicted of a felony may register to vote after completing the terms of the felony sentence, including probation or parole.
Amistad Murals Headed Home to Talladega College
(Talladega, AL - January 22, 2020) Hale Woodruff’s critically-acclaimed Amistad Murals are headed home to Talladega College to be installed in the newly-
constructed Dr. William R. Harvey Museum of Art. On January 31, 2020, a ribbon cutting for the new museum will be held at 1 p.m. and a ribbon cutting for
the College’s new student center will begin at 2:30 p.m.
In 1938, Talladega College commissioned Hale Woodruff to paint six murals illustrating the rise of African Americans from slavery to freedom. Three of
Woodruff’s panels, the Amistad Murals, were the first pieces of twentieth century art to commemorate the 1839 slave uprising on the Amistad ship. The
other panels depict the founding of the College, the construction of Savery Library, and the Underground Railroad.
In 2008, when Dr. Billy C. Hawkins was named President of Talladega College, he had the murals taken down from the walls of Savery Library, where they
had hung for nearly 70 years, and appraised. They were valued at $40 million. Unfortunately, they were in imminent danger of disintegration. With the
assistance of the High Museum of Art, they were restored and sent on a three-year tour that received rave reviews from the New York Times and others.
The value soared to $50 million based upon both the aesthetic qualities and the historic value of Woodruff’s works.
In 2016, at the conclusion of the tour, the Amistad Murals were placed in storage for safekeeping until a museum with proper climate control and security
could be constructed. Thanks to the generosity of Talladega College alumnus Dr. William R. Harvey and other donors, the murals will now have a permanent
home. Dr. Harvey, who serves as President of Hampton University, has contributed over a million dollars toward the construction of the museum. The
College also received a 1.5 million dollar contribution from Alabama’s Governor Kay Ivey and the State of Alabama
In addition to housing and preserving the Amistad Murals and other works of historic and artistic value, the museum will help maintain the legacy of Hale
Woodruff and advance local, regional and national tourism.
The ribbon-cutting ceremonies will be followed by a 7 p.m. reception at Talladega Bottling Works in Talladega, AL. All events are free and open to the public,
but guests are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban League Receives Spectrum Grant
Spectrum awarded The Urban League of Greater Madison a $25,000 Spectrum Digital
Education Grant to support and enhance multiple digital literacy programs, as part of a $5
million national commitment to digital education in Spectrum communities across the
country. The check was presented on Sunday, Jan. 19 at the Urban League’s Annual Martin
Luther King, Jr. Youth Recognition Breakfast. This grant will be used to enhance and support
The Urban League of Greater Madison’s ADVANCE Employment program, prepare
community members in underserved neighborhoods with job readiness activities, advanced
trainings and enhance digital literacy through activities and classes.
|Pictured above (L-R) Rueben L. Anthony,
President & CEO, The Urban League of
Greater Madison and Celeste Flynn, Director of
Government Affairs, Spectrum