November 17, 2017


Forward Agenda Progress: Cutting Government Red-Tape


Cutting Government Red-Tape

Over the last 7 years, we've been working to reduce the size and scope of government here in Wisconsin. Part of that has been the ongoing Red Tape Review in the standing committees. Each committee is tasked with reviewing state rules under their issue area and eliminating outdated, unused, or unnecessarily burdensome requirements placed on people and businesses by state government.

This session we also passed the REINS Act, which Governor Walker signed into law. This bill requires legislative approval on any agency rule with a price tag greater than $10 million over two years, giving elected representatives additional oversight over rules made by unelected state agencies. Bills passed by the Legislature often give power to agencies to write rules in order to implement the new laws as needed. Sometimes, state agencies get carried away and create more government red tape and drive up costs for taxpayers and job creators.

The REINS Act is an added layer of legislative oversight that will help prevent out-of-control rules from being implemented and keep law-making powers in the Legislature where they belong.

Next Week: Worker Training Grants

Wisconsin Farm Freedom Act


Wisconsin was once the national leader in the growing of industrial hemp. Now, our state imports roughly half a billion dollars of it for consumer goods like cosmetics, food products, clothing, fire protective gear, and much more.


The Wisconsin Legislature recently passed legislation (SB 119) that would once again allow farmers in Wisconsin to grow industrial hemp. Thirty other state already have or are beginning pilot programs in this agricultural industry. The bill passed both the Assembly and the Senate unanimously, and head to the Governor's desk.


Growing industrial hemp here in Wisconsin creates new opportunities for farmers and manufacturers. This legislation will have a positive impact on our state, and I was proud to vote in favor of passage.


Note: This legislation does not in any way legalize the growth, sale, or possession of marijuana in the state. In fact, the legislation has specific provisions to address individuals using industrial hemp to cover for illegal activities.


Community Events


Event: Junior Woman’s Club of Mequon-Thiensville 5K Turkey Trot and Gobble Gallop

Date and Time: November 23rd from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location: Thiensville Village Park

Description: 5K run/walk through the scenic Village of Thiensville and a FREE 50-meter dash for kids 12 & younger. Proceeds go to help a variety of community events and projects. More information here.


Event: Bayshore Town Center Holiday Tree Lighting

Date and Time: November 18th at 6:00 PM

Location: Bayshore Town Center 5800 N Bayshore Drive

Description: More information available here.

Germantown Area

Event: Washington County Holiday Craft Fair

Date and Time: November 18th from 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Washington County Fair Park

Description: Find more information on this event here.


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