January 12, 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:

Vines & Rushes 5th Anniversary

January 13th


Vines & Rushes Winery
410 County Rd. E

Ripon, WI 54971


Rustic Ridge Rides, Castle Rock Pink Ribbon Ride

January 13th

Registration starts at 10:00am

Splash Waterfront Bar & Grill
1947 Dakota Ln.
Friendship, WI 53934


Immunization Clinics

January 15th and 25th 8:30am-4:00pm

Marquette County Health & Human Services Bldg.

428 Underwood Ave, Montello

48th Annual Markesan Sno-Drifter's Snowmobile Ball
February 4th, 2017
Vandy's Lakeside Pub
N2811 Park Rd.
Markesan, WI 53946

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


Video Update from the Capitol

On average, twenty people per minute are physically abused by their partner in the United States. This has adverse physical, mental, emotional, and economic impacts on the victims.
The TraJa Act was passed in Wisconsin in 2011 to increase the penalty for repeat offenders of domestic violence by making the third offense a felony.

Currently, I am working on a bill that will expand this act to make sure that if someone has a history of domestic violence outside of Wisconsin that they will receive additional sentencing in Wisconsin. Our office was asked to introduce this bill by Heather Lawler, the founder of the Traja Organization.

Here is a clip of her from this week’s public hearing:

"Not even 48 hours ago, Wisconsin had its first domestic violence homicide of 2018 in the Town of Harrison. A husband shot and killed his wife who had just 5 days prior filed for divorce. I have had a few violent offenders look right at me and tell me that they moved their family to Wisconsin because they got a clean slate."

Just because someone did not commit past crimes in Wisconsin, does not mean that we should not hold them accountable for their repeated actions of domestic violence.

Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!

A Week in Review

This week was a busy week in the State Capitol. Six of my bills had public hearings, one had an executive session, and I also had three hearings for committees of which I am a member.

Here are a few highlights from this week:

  • My Register of Deeds death certificate bill had public hearings in both the Assembly and Senate. This bill comes at the request of the Register of Deed to remove the requirement that a death certificate be provided to fill out the form to transfer someone's property when they pass away. This is not needed any more since these records are online, and it will save constituents time and money.

  • A consumer protection bill I have been working on had a public hearing this week as well. My auto dealer surcharge bill prohibits out-of-state car manufacturers from assessing a surcharge on vehicles when they sell them to Wisconsin dealers. This will save you money when you buy your next car.

  • My license application process bill had public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Local Government. This bill simplifies the application process for an alcohol beverage license and permit, and a cigarette and tobacco products retailer license. This will save valuable time for businesses and the municipalities that process these applicaitons.

  • The Assembly Committee on Housing a Real Estate held a public hearing on one of my bills that would make various changes to condominium law. This proposal will protect condo owners and their rights. 

  • The Mental Health Committee held an executive session on the Alzheimer's and Dementia Bills, and the Housing and Real Estate Committee held an executive session on my property transfer on death bill, which will streamline processes that people use to transfer someone's property rights when they die.

  • Two other committees I am a member of, Jobs and the Economy and Tourism, also held public hearings this week.

I want to take the time to thank all of my constituents who came down to testify this week in various hearings, including: Berlin Police Chief Dennis Plantz, Green Lake County Register of Deeds Sarah Guenther, and Heather Lawler and Lisa Blanchard with the TraJa Organization.

2018 Wisconsin Biz Plan Contest

Initial entries of 250 words are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. There is no cost to enter. Visit www.govsbizplancontest.com for more information and to get started.

At any point during the competition, contestants may submit their questions to veteran business mentors who have volunteered their time and expertise to assist entrepreneurs who enter by Jan. 31. Mentors will respond directly to contestants to offer one-on-one consultation.

In addition to access to mentors, contestants will receive feedback from scores of judges as the contest progresses.

Since its inception in 2004, more than 3,520 entries have been received and about $2.2 million in cash and in-kind services have been awarded. Contest categories are advanced manufacturing, business services, information technology and life sciences. Past finalists have launched companies that have raised $200 million in angel, venture, grants and venture debt over time – all while creating jobs and economic value for Wisconsin.

Wisconsin residents 18 years old and older are eligible, as are teams from Wisconsin-based businesses and organizations. Businesses or teams from outside the state are also eligible to compete if they demonstrate intent to base their business in Wisconsin. Entrepreneurs may also enter multiple ideas, though each idea must be separate and distinct.

As with past contests, the 2018 competition will take place in 4 stages.

Past finalists have launched companies that have raised more than $200 million in angel, venture, grants, and venture debt over time – all while creating jobs and economic value for Wisconsin. The contest’s major sponsors include the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
The 2017 grand prize winner was Northern Star Fire, an Eau Claire startup company whose device is an eight-directional compass that firefighters place inside their breathing apparatus and helps maintain and/or regain their orientation in low visibility conditions. Category winners in 2017 were Northern Star Fire (Advanced Manufacturing), Compost Crusader (Business Services), DotCom Therapy (Information Technology), and Nano Red (Life Sciences).
To enter, become a judge or learn about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.govsbizplancontest.com.

HWY 82 Point Bluff Bridge Construction

Work to replace the Highway 82 bridge over the Wisconsin River between Juneau and Adams County has begun. Highway 82 and the existing Point Bluff Bridge will remain open to traffic during construction, which is scheduled for completion in 2019. Motorists should anticipate flagging operations and shoulder closures.

The project includes construction of the new bridge over the Wisconsin River, a second bridge structure west of the Wisconsin River to replace a deteriorated box culvert, and realignment of County Z east of the river.

County Z will be closed to through traffic between Fern Avenue and WIS 82 for a period of three weeks, tentatively scheduled for April/May 2018. The signed detour route will utilize County Z, WIS 13, and WIS 82. Access to the Point Bluff Resort will be maintained from WIS 82 along the existing alignment of County Z.

For more information regarding traffic impacts in Wisconsin’s Southwest region:

• Follow them on Twitter: @WisDOTsouthwest
• Check the Wisconsin Department of Transportation 511 website.

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