February 16, 2018 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:


Berlin FFA Donkey Basketball

February 19, 2018
Berlin High School

222 Memorial Dr.
Berlin, WI 54923

Markesan American Legion Soup and Salad Dinner

February 22, 2018
Markesan Legion Building
11 E. Manchester St.
Markesan, WI 53946


Freeland Movie and Dinner Fundraiser
February 23, 2018
Green Lake American Legion
518 Water St.

Green Lake, WI 54941

*Tickets are 20 and will be available at Adams Rib, the Green Lake Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion Post, or by calling 920.229.2156


Berlin Conservation Club Banquet
February 24, 2018
City Inn
689 Broadway St.
Berlin, WI 54923

Princeton Emergency Auxiliary Brat Fry
February 25, 2018
433 W. Main St.
Princeton, WI 54968

Markesan FFA Alumni
Toy Show

March 4, 2018
Markesan High School
100 E. Vista Blvd.
Markesan, WI 53946

Markesan FFA Donkey Basketball
March 6, 2018
Markesan High School
100 E. Vista Blvd.
Markesan, WI 53946

Wearin & Sharin the Green
Fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club
March 17, 2018
Heidel House Resort
643 Illinois Ave.
Green Lake, WI 54941

Hunter safety classes are being offered around the district. Find a class near you, here.

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

Video Update from the Capitol

In 2016, there was over 7,000 Wisconsin children living in out-of-home care and that number is continuing to grow. This is why the Speaker created a task force to tackle problems surrounding the foster care system, with the goal of supporting and providing opportunities for these children.

Earlier this week, the Assembly passed the Foster Forward legislative package. Foster Forward includes 13 initiatives, each introduced by one of the members on the Speakerís Task Force on Foster Care.

Public hearings were held across the state to gather feedback from foster youth, biological and foster parents, county social workers, the courts, and others. Some of the initiatives include licensing reform for foster homes, grants to support foster parents and innovation in our counties, tuition remission at UW and Wisconsin Technical Colleges for youth that were in foster care, and additional funding for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program.

The state and counties responsibility is to get children out of out-of-home care and help them to achieve permanency. The bill I authored will help to do this by creating a pilot program that allows public defenders to represent biological parents in order to navigate court proceedings and hopefully achieve reunification sooner.

As a member of this task force, I am happy to see Wisconsin taking positive steps towards addressing these tough issues.

Thanks for watching, and have a great Wisconsin week!

This Week's Floor Sessions

The Assembly was in session twice this week. First, to take up the Foster Forward legislative package. Foster Forward is a compilation of 13 bills brought forward by the members of the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care. As a member of this task force, I authored Assembly Bill 784, which would create a pilot program that would provide legal representation to biological parents to help them navigate court proceedings and eventually achieve reunification. These 13 bipartisan bills passed the Assembly and will now go before the Senate for consideration.

In addition, the Assembly took up AB 835 which increases sparsity aid and low-revenue ceilings for school districts. With this bill, sparsity aid will go from $100 to $400 in the 2018-19 school year, and low-revenue school districts that are currently capped at $9,100 per student in spending could get to $9,800 of per pupil spending by the 2022-23 school year. This bill passed 91-2 and will help rural schools in districts like my own. To see how your school district will be affected, view our interactive map.

Later in the week, a package of special session bills that tackled welfare reform went to the floor for a vote. With record low unemployment in the state, these bills try to prevent fraud and abuse, and ensure that everyone who can work has the opportunity to be a part of the workforce. In addition, two of my bills, one that will make needed changes in condominium laws and one that expands the TraJa Act, both passed though the Assembly as well. AB 737 makes sure that Wisconsin holds violent offenders who have domestic abuse charges in other states accountable in our state. Before this bill, these criminals could move to Wisconsin to get a clean slate. I believe that this important legislation will help to hold these criminals accountable. Click here to watch a video of me talking about this bill and its importance.

The Assembly will be back in session next week to continue to work on our four main themes of encouraging economic development, supporting our schools, reforming the welfare system, and promoting healthy families.

DNR RoundTable

On Monday, Representative Schraa and I attended a Department of Natural Resources Roundtable where we discussed DNR projects and had the opportunity to see firsthand the research they are doing on the sturgeon population in Wisconsin. I learned that removal of the ear bones is used in figuring out the age of the fish and getting a grasp of the general sturgeon population. Both of these factors help in setting the annual quota. Sturgeon spearing is a tradition in in Fox Valley and around Wisconsin, to learn more about this tradition visit the sturgeon section of the DNR website.  

Attention Graduating Seniors!

Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 14th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship. This yearís deadline is April 6, 2018.

Eligibility is open to all graduating seniors continuing their education in a 2-year technical college program or a 4-year baccalaureate degree program. Students must be graduating with at least a 3.0 average on a 4.0 point scale and must reside in the district. If you are unsure whether or not you reside in the 41st Assembly District, click here and enter your address.

State Capitol - Room 210 North | Post Office Box 8952 | Madison, Wisconsin 53708
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