November 10, 2017 E-Update    

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Blue Books

The 2017-2018 Blue Books are in and signed. This year's feature story is, Women in the Wisconsin Legislature. If you would like to request a Blue Book from my office, please send me an email with your name and address.

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Upcoming Events:

Adams-Friendship Middle School Veteran's Day Assembly
November 10, 2017
A-F Middle School Gym
420 Main St.
Adams, WI 53910

Adams-Friendship High School Veteran's Day Assembly
November 10, 2017
A-F High School Gym
1109 E. North St.
Adams, WI 53910

Veteran's Tribute
November 14, 2017
Grand Marsh Elementary School
620 HWY E
Grand Marsh, WI 53936

Oh, Christmas Tree - Alice in Dairyland Event
November 14, 2017
Ceremony starts at 1:00pm
Glinter Tree Farm
1884 County Rd. N
Friendship, WI 53934

Please email me if you have any upcoming events that you would like featured in this section.


Video Update from the Capitol

This session, I am continuing the ongoing red tape review initiative, and this has raised awareness in the legislature on the impact that rules have on individuals and businesses. The Red Tape Review Initiative is making an impact.

AB 317 is a bill I authored. It will create a standard, continuous review of Wisconsin’s Administrative Code and give the legislature additional oversight over rules.

AB 276 is another bill I authored that is going to the Governor to get signed into law that eliminates two chapters of outdated rules.

AB 384 was introduced by Representative Steineke and Senator Darling, and their bill would sunset administrative code chapters every nine years instead of our current system, which allows regulations to be in place forever. I worked on a substitute amendment for this bill that passed on the Assembly Floor this week to increase the legislature’s oversight.

• The final bill I want to highlight is the REINS act, which was signed into law earlier this year. This bill allows for more input from citizens and stakeholders before a new rule is drafted, ensures expensive or burdensome rules are subject to legislative approval, and creates greater oversight over state agencies. Wisconsin is first in the nation to adopt this process.

Administrative rules effect people and businesses just like laws, and it is important that elected officials have oversight over their potential impacts. If you or your business are impacted by a rule that seems unnecessary or burdensome, please contact me with your concern and how I can help you cut government red tape.

Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!

Resolution Honoring Secretary Ben Brancel

This year, Ben Brancel retired as the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) after a long career of public service and supporting the agriculture industry in Wisconsin.

Secretary Brancel was born and raised in Marquette County and later went on to represent the 42nd Assembly District, of which I represent parts of. In his time in the legislature, he helped to craft the Right to Farm Law and held several leadership positions including co-chair of the Joint Committee on Finance and Assembly Speaker.

Since then, Secretary Brancel has held positions such as the state director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Services Agency, State Relations Liaison for UW-Madison’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and of course the Secretary of DATCP.

Through his hard work and dedication to the state of Wisconsin, he has earned the trust and respect of farmers and those in the agriculture industry across the state. I was honored to recognize him for his service and commitment to Wisconsin and agricultural research and organizations throughout his career.

L-R: Speaker Robin Vos, Secretary Ben Brancel, Gail Brancel, Rep. Joan Ballweg, Rep. Keith Ripp

Local Business Spotlight: Marquette-Adams Telephone Co-op

Pictured above: Patrick Scully, Representative Joan Ballweg, Jenna Van De Voort, and Jerry Schnieder

This week, I visited the Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc. to congratulate them for winning the title of Smart Rural Community by The Rural Broadband Association. Only 13 telecom organizations were recognized nationwide.

Marquette-Adams was honored for their deployment of broadband-enabled solutions in various areas including, sustainable agriculture, enhanced healthcare, tourism, and education. This state-of-the-art technology has allowed the community to be more innovative and has played an important role in developing businesses in the community.

Over 100 years ago, rural telephone cooperatives were established to provide service in sparsely populated areas where telephone companies thought they could not make a profit. Cooperatives such as the Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative are operated by boards of directors elected by local members who are the cooperative’s customers.

For more information on the Smart Rural Communities award or Marquette-Adams Telephone Cooperative, Inc. and their services, visit their website.

Happy Veterans Day!

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