The Week in Review
Task Force Travels to La Crosse
This week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster
Care traveled to La Crosse for its fourth hearing on issues impacting foster
care in Wisconsin. Members heard from a variety of experts in La Crosse and
northwestern Wisconsin focusing on foster care in urban and rural areas.
Similar to previous hearings, advocates expressed the need to address issues
surrounding preventative care and taking a look at the TPR process when a
child is in danger. Speakers emphasized the importance of focusing on doing
what is best for the child.
Last week, in Dodgeville, members heard from health and human services
providers about the struggles facing rural communities as it relates to
foster care. Like many communities throughout Wisconsin, rural areas are
struggling to recruit more parents, however, foster care rates in
southeastern Wisconsin are lower than in other parts of the state.
The task force plans to hold hearings in Milwaukee and Green Bay before
releasing a report with recommendations for legislative action before
I’m looking forward to continuing our efforts to improve foster care in
Have a great weekend!
The Equifax Data Breach
Department of Agriculture, Trade
and Consumer Protection provided information to consumers regarding the
recent data breach at Equifax that was announced on September 7, 2017.
Equifax is one of three major credit reporting agencies. The following
information from DATCP provides information to help protect yourself if you’re
subject to a data breach.
According to Equifax, hackers gained access
to certain files between mid-May and late July of this year. Information in
the breach includes consumers' names, Social Security numbers, birth dates,
and addresses. Some consumers' credit card numbers, driver's license
numbers, and dispute documents (that contain personally identifying
information) were also accessed.
Equifax has established a dedicated call
center at 866-447-7559 to answer consumers' questions about the breach. The
call center is open every day (including weekends) from 6:00 a.m. –
midnight, Central Time.
If you believe you may have been affected by
this data breach, take these next steps:
Download a copy of the DATCP fact sheet "Data
Breach: What to do if it happens to you."
Consider placing a free 90-day
(renewable) fraud alert on your credit reports by contacting one of the
three major credit reporting bureaus:
TransUnion (800-680-7289), or
Equifax (888-766-0008). When you place a fraud alert with one
bureau, that bureau will relay the request to the other two companies on
your behalf. A fraud alert warns creditors that you may be an identity
theft victim and that they should verify that anyone seeking credit in
your name is actually you.
For an even higher level of protection,
you may wish to place a security freeze on your credit reports. A freeze
bars access to your reports to almost anyone without your express
permission. Additional information about freezes is available in DATCP's
credit report security freeze fact sheet.
Request a free credit report from the
three credit bureaus by visiting
or calling (877) 322-8228. Check your report for irregularities.
If you have additional questions about
identity theft or wish to file an identity theft complaint with DATCP,
or contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection by phone at (800) 422-7128
or by email:
Blue Books Available to the Public
The 2017-2019 Wisconsin Blue Book was unveiled
this week. Blue books are available to all residents free of charge; just
contact my office if you’re interested in obtaining a new copy!
You may contact my office at
Rep.Rodriguez@legis.wi.gov, or (608) 266-0610.