The Week in Review
Task Force Visits Milwaukee
This week the
Speaker’s Task Force on Foster
Care picked up again, this time traveling to southeastern Wisconsin to
discuss foster care with local organizations and advocates. The hearing took place
in Milwaukee County, which has the highest rate of foster care in Wisconsin.
At the hearing members heard from a variety of foster care advocates
including Lad Lake, a youth social services organization from Milwaukee. Lad
Lake provides services to foster children who are nearing adulthood, teaching them
how to care for themselves and live independently.
Additionally, the task force has learned many children are being placed in
the foster care system due to the increase in opioid addiction that has
effected most of the state.
Assembly Bill 481, legislation I recently introduced with several of my
colleagues, attempts to address addiction and foster care by helping parents
get sober and reuniting families once parents have achieved sobriety. I hope
this legislation will come before the full Assembly before we adjourn in
The task force will travel to Green Bay for its final hearing before the end
of October. The group will then release a list of legislative
recommendations soon after the final hearing.
Have a great weekend!
Expanding Access to Internet
This week, I joined local elected officials
from the Greater Milwaukee Area, executives from Charter Communications and
leadership from La Casa de Esperanza to introduce the Spectrum Internet
Assist program. The Spectrum Internet Assist program will provide high-speed
broadband internet to low-income families including seniors and students at
a discounted price. It was great to be a part of this exciting opportunity
for families throughout the area!
Constituents Visit the Office
It was a busy week in Madison and several
constituents stopped by the office to discuss important issues and inform
legislators on the importance of advanced practice registered nurses and
occupational therapists in the medical field. Thanks for visiting!
In the District
On October 21, from 9 am – 3 pm, don’t miss
the 13th Annual Arts & Crafts Fair with Bake Sale at the Brenwood Park
Independent Senior Center located in Franklin. It’s a great opportunity for
anyone looking to do some early Christmas shopping. All proceeds from the
raffle and bake sale will benefit the Franklin Paramedic and Fire
Brenwood Park is located at 9501 W. Loomis Rd., Franklin, WI.