The Goyke Report

November 30, 2017

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Madison, WI 53708

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In the District

Rep. Goyke Meets With Youth Anti-Tobacco Advocates

Rep. Goyke with youth advocates at Amaranth Bakery

On November 10th I met with a group of young advocates as part of the City of Milwaukee Tobacco-Free Alliance. We had an excellent discussion of policy initiatives and legislative ideas. Thank you for your excellent advocacy!

In The News

Urban Milwaukee: NEWaukeean of the Week

Rep. Goyke featured in recent profile published by Urban Milwaukee

I am proud to represent the 18th Assembly District and I was happy to share with Urban Milwaukee my thoughts and ideas about the community I love.

Please click here for article link.

Rep. Goyke Introduces "Wisconsin Urban Farming Futures" Package

YouTube video of community event - Click here

CBS 58 News - Click here

Wisconsin Ag Connection - Click here

Urban Milwaukee - Click here

At the Capitol

Rep. Goyke Meeting With Constituents At The State Capitol

Rep. Goyke in Capitol office with constituents

On November 8th I was visited by two constituents at the Capitol to discuss bill ideas and future policy decisions. We had an excellent discussion with great ideas shared.

Rep. Goyke Supports Grand Avenue Elementary School Historic Nomination

On November 3rd I sent a letter to the Wisconsin Historic Preservation Review Board in support of the nomination of the Grand Avenue Elementary School to be placed on the Wisconsin State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places.

Please click here to view a copy of the letter.

Rep. Goyke In Capitol Recording Studio

Rep. Goyke in Capitol recording studio

On November 8th I spent time in the Capitol recording studio recording announcements for future community events, bill introductions, and policy initiatives. This is a new feature to the Capitol allowing legislators to communicate more effectively with neighbors back home.


Friends and Neighbors,


I hope you and your family are having a wonderful fall! I wanted to provide you with an update on legislative activity here at the Capitol and initiatives I continue to work on for our community. There are many updates since my  last communication, including two bills I authored have passed the legislature. Other updates are included below.


To also provide more news and daily updates I post frequently on my official Facebook page. I hope it helps keep you informed. Please feel free to visit my page here.


I hope this e-update is helpful. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (608) 266-0645. I welcome any feedback or ideas you may have. As always, please let me know if I can be of any assistance to you.


Evan Goyke
State Representative
18th Assembly District



Rep. Goyke Passes Legislation to Help Veterans


Rep. Goyke continues to lead in helping Wisconsin veterans



Rep. Goyke being interviewed on Wisconsin Public Radio following passage of "The Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017"

I am proud to report that on November 9th two pieces of legislation that I authored to help Wisconsin veterans passed the State Legislature. The bills now go to the Governor's desk for signature.


PASSED - “The Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017”


This bi-partisan piece of legislation will accomplish two major changes in State law to benefit current and future veteran farmers - both urban and rural:

1.) Creation of the Veteran Farmer Assistance and Outreach Program within our state's Department of Agriculture

• Among many duties, this program will further help integrate veterans into the field of agriculture, and support veterans currently working in agriculture.

2.) Creation of a logotype issued by the State for certified veteran-owned farms and products.

• Similar to what is currently done for veteran-owned and disabled veteran-owned businesses, this logotype will provide to veteran farmers an opportunity to further promote themselves throughout Wisconsin and in their respective communities, as well as making them more accessible and identifiable to consumers who wish to support farms owned by Wisconsin veterans.


Please click here to listen to Wisconsin Public Radio Central Time interview


PASSED - Wisconsin Fully Recognizes Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses


This legislation creates parity between Wisconsin and the federal government in regards to its certification standards for service-disabled veteran owned businesses. Under the legislation, all Wisconsin business owners with a service connected disability rating from the US Department of Veterans Affairs will be eligible for certification by the State of Wisconsin.


This important piece of legislation is pro-veteran and pro-business. It supplements the State’s ongoing focus to support service-disabled veteran owned businesses and entrepreneurs.



Rep. Goyke conferring with Legislative Council during a recent committee hearing


Rep. Goyke Calls For Reform to Sheriff Sale Process


Authors Sheriff Sale Fairness Package



Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article link: Here


Earlier this month I authored a package of bi-partisan bills, with my colleague Rep. Terry Katsma (R-Oostburg), targeted at disrupting a business model used by bad actors in our neighborhoods. These individuals who do not have our community's best interest in mind purchase property at sheriff sale, while also owing property taxes, failing to maintain their properties, and continue to be complacent with letting these delinquent properties hinder a neighborhood's progress forward. I am working to end this practice.


Assembly Bill 690: Enables counties to host (or contract) sales of foreclosed properties via an Internet-based auction. Online auctions would be more accessible, and potentially less intimidating for bidders and investors in the neighborhoods that need them most. Increased competition could help drive up properties’ selling prices, making the bad actors’ current business model less lucrative and making fewer properties available to them at all.


Assembly Bill 691: Prohibits a buyer from acquiring a new property at a sheriff sale if the buyer is already more than 60 days delinquent on property taxes or building code judgments. We will stop letting this small group of delinquent landlords expand their enormous networks on our watch.




Rep. Goyke Legislation Passes State Senate


Assembly Bill 481/Senate Bill 390 - Family Treatment Courts


On October 31, important legislation I have worked on for multiple sessions passed the State Senate.

All of us have seen our communities struggle with drug addiction. AB 481/SB 390 empowers counties to develop evidence-based programs to better defeat addiction, get families sober, and keep families together. These treatment courts can save lives – and save money.

AB 481/SB 390 accomplishes many things, including:

* Creates a grant-making program for problem solving courts within the Department of Children and Families.

* Grants would enable counties to establish and operate problem-solving courts beyond the adult criminal justice system.


Stay tuned for updates on this important legislation as I will continue to work towards passage in the Assembly.



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