January 12, 2017 E-Update
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Update from the Capitol
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
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."
because someone did not commit past crimes in Wisconsin, does not mean
that we should not hold them accountable for their repeated actions of
Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!
A Week in
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
Here are a few highlights from
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
• Follow them on Twitter: @WisDOTsouthwest
• Check the Wisconsin Department of Transportation