December 1, 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:

Ripon Dickens of a Christmas
December 1-3, 2017
Various Locations
Ripon, WI 54971

Montello Tree Lighting
December 1st
6:00pm
Dagget Park
11-31 E. Montello St.
Montello, WI 53949

Alice at Holiday Happenings
December 2, 2017
10:00am
St. Joseph's Center
151 State Street
Adams, WI 53910

Wisconsin Dells Tree Lighting
December 2, 2017
5:00-9:00pm
South-East corner next to Homespun Heart
WI Dells, WI 53965

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

 

Video Update from the Capitol

Following our fall floor session, the Governor has plenty of bills on his desk to sign and put into law. All of these initiatives and policy changes are important to some individual or business in Wisconsin overall making your government work better. This week, the Governor signed seven of the bills that I authored.

Two bills cleanup the processes for our Register of Deeds.

Another two of my bills relate to healthcare. The first allows physicians to delegate authority to qualified dietitians to prescribe therapeutic diets to residents, hospitals, and those in long-term care facilities. The other is an initiative to fight the opioid crisis and authorizes hospice caregivers the authority to dispose of unused prescriptions.

The 41st Assembly District is home to the most manufactured homes in the state, which is why I introduced a bill that will improve compliance to dwelling code regulations in manufactured home communities, which will benefit all of those homeowners and their communities.

Finally, my last two bills are out of our red tape review initiative. One bill will eliminate two outdated chapters of administrative rules under the Department of Tourism and the Arts Board. The second is what Iíve called the Red Tape Review Flagship proposal. This sets up an ongoing review of administrative code to ensure it is authorized by statute and relevant, and expedites the process to eliminate chapters, with additional review criteria for Rules that may be more costly to the public in originally anticipated.

We will be on the floor to take additional action in January so look for updates on my legislation as it moves forward.

Thanks for watching and have a great Wisconsin week!

Foster Forward Package

Earlier this week, the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care introduced a series of bills as part of the Foster Forward package. The bill I worked  on creates a pilot program that provides legal representation to biological parents of foster youth.

The ultimate goal in the Foster Care system is reunification, and I believe that the bill I introduced would help parents in this process. The pilot program would be implemented in five counties (Brown, Outagamie, Winnebago, Racine, and Kenosha), and it would last for 3 years to study the value of the program for families and Wisconsin children in Foster Care.

To learn more about my bill and the 12 others included in this package, click here.

Local Business Spotlight: Brakebush Brothers, Inc.

Since 1925, Brakebush Brothers, Inc. has strived to provide customers with safe and quality chicken products. Their business started off with one truck they would use to deliver their products to larger markets in Madison and Milwaukee. Today, I had the opportunity to attend their new production line grand opening. This production line is a 79,000 square foot addition to the facility that will add 200 jobs to their already 1,090 employees in Marquette County.

Brakebush Brothers, Inc. has sites in Texas and Minnesota, and they now supply their chicken to places such as, Kwik Trip, Panera, Olive Garden, KFC, Noodles, the U.S. military, and the UW system.

Congratulations on your expansion, and good luck as you continue to grow in Westfield, Marquette County, and beyond!

To apply for their new positions, or to learn more about Brakebush Brothers, Inc. and their products, visit their website.

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