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    June 23, 2017

I have spent time with hundreds of entrepreneurs and have heard that government frequently hampers their ability to begin or grow a business. Last session, I had a bill enacted into law that was the result of conversations about additional licensure requirements placed on entrepreneurs at the local level. Based on these conversations, the legislature suspended the ability of local governments to create new licenses on individuals trying to start a business or practice their profession. The bill has gained national attention and is now being considered in a number of states around the country. In partnership with The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA), I am assisting colleagues in other states with adopting the same legislation in their states and have put together a video with FGA on licensure reform. This legislation and partnership are a great example of a healthy Republic where state solutions that support worker freedom triumph over any federal solutions.



I frequently take advantage of the opportunity to speak at UW System campuses. I have always felt welcomed and respected by professors and students even though we may have differing viewpoints on issues. However, other speakers and students throughout our country have been experiencing increasing difficulties in expressing their viewpoint on campuses as a result of disruptive protests meant to drown out and intimidate speakers with differing viewpoints. Our First Amendment makes it clear that this disruptive behavior is not consistent with our American values. This week the Assembly passed a campus free speech bill that does the following:

- Directs the Board of Regents to adopt a policy on freedom of expression.
- Creates disciplinary measures for those who commit "violent or other disorderly conduct that materially and substantially disrupts the free expression of others". This allows protest, but disallows physically barring individuals from an event to speak or participants to listen. In addition, this bars students from shouting down speakers in order to prevent speakers or students from speaking.
- A formal investigation and disciplinary hearing will be held if two or more reports on the same person's violates the bill or free speech policy.
- All policies and rules related to free speech must be communicated to freshman and transfer students during orientation.
- Instructors and staff will receive annual training on this new policy.

If you have any questions about this or any other proposal, please feel free to contact my office. 


State Capitol - Room 324 East | Post Office Box 8952 | Madison, Wisconsin 53708
(608) 266-9180 | Rep.Kooyenga@legis.wisconsin.gov