Column: Suicide Prevention Week Each year, 30,000 American lives are lost to suicide and an additional 50,000 Americans attempt suicide annually. A national poll found that nearly 50 percent of respondents identified barriers that stopped them from trying to help someone in crisis, such as not knowing how to find help or...
Column: First Round of School Safety Grants This session, the legislature passed 2017 Wisconsin Act 143 which established the Department of Justice Office of School Safety (OSS) and provided $100 million to improve security in school districts around our state.
Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday A bipartisan bill signed into law earlier this year created a $100 per-child tax rebate and a five day sales tax holiday. Beginning August 1st through August 5th sales tax will not be charged for all school supplies costing $75 or less, computers that cost $750 or less, or computer supplies...
Ballweg Honored for Work during 2017-18 Legislative Session Over the 2017-18 legislative session, I was honored to work with various groups and associations on their legislative priorities for the year. I am a firm believer that the best and most valuable legislation comes from the constituency that it will directly affect, which is why I value these...
Wisconsin Now Accepting Applications for $100 Per-Child Tax Rebate The Department of Revenue (DOR) will be accepting applications for the $100 per-child tax rebate starting May 15, 2018. All residents of the state of Wisconsin are eligible to receive $100 for each dependent child under the age of 18 who are living at home.
Ballweg Efforts to Alleviate Burdensome Regulations Continues What has more than five times as many words as the King James Bible, Harry Potter series, and the Lord of the Rings combined? The Wisconsin Administrative Code, which contains around 12 million words.
Ballweg Legislation Helping Wisconsin Families Signed Into Law Representative Joan Ballweg, a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care, joined Governor Walker in Wausau where he signed 11 bills as part of the Foster Forward package.
41st District Students’ Art Featured at Capitol State Representative Joan Ballweg congratulates students from the 41st Assembly District who were selected as part of March’s Youth Art Month. Student art work was displayed in the Capitol rotunda through March 9th
Ballweg Announces Spring Listening Sessions State Representative Joan Ballweg has announced her spring listening sessions which will be held throughout the 41st Assembly District. Everyone is welcome to attend any of the sessions and share their thoughts on this legislative session and other state issues.
Assembly Passes Bill Expanding the TraJa Act The TraJa Act originally introduced the domestic abuse surcharge to make the third domestic violence offense a felony. AB 737 expands the domestic abuse surcharge to allow courts to consider someone’s domestic violence crime history in another state.
Assembly Passes AB 784 as part of the Foster Forward Package Representative Joan Ballweg was proud to join her Assembly colleagues today in passing the Foster Forward legislative package.
14th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 14th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship...
Rep. Ballweg Reacts to Governor Walker’s State of the State Address Governor Walker delivered the annual State of the State Address on January 24th in the Assembly Chambers where he revealed his agenda...
Representative Ballweg Recognized for Work on Mental Health Policy State Representative Joan Ballweg accepted a Legislative Mental Health Champion Award on behalf of Mental Health America’s Regional Policy..
Rep. Ballweg Introduces Legislation as part of the Speaker's Task Force on Foster Care's Foster Forward Package Representative Joan Ballweg, as part of the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care’s Foster Forward Package, introduced legislation to create a pilot program to provide legal representation to parents whose children are the subject of a Child in Need of Protective Services petition.
Representative Ballweg and the Legislature Honored the Public Service of Secretary Ben Brancel State Representative Joan Ballweg on behalf of the Wisconsin State Assembly honored the public service of former Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), Ben Brancel.
Representative Ballweg Recognized Tiffany Thoma for Hometown Hero Award State Representative Joan Ballweg on behalf of the Wisconsin State Assembly recognized Tiffany Thoma, the Environmental Team Leader at Badger Mining Corporation, for her work with the company’s Special Hunts.
Representative Ballweg and Colleagues Send Letter to Congressional Delegation in Support of J-1 Students State Representative Joan Ballweg sent a letter, signed by 23 of her colleagues, to the Wisconsin Congressional Delegation urging them to support the J-1 summer work and travel program and resist any changes that could result from President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order.
Representative Ballweg Votes to Approve the State Budget State Representative Joan Ballweg voted with her Assembly colleagues to approve the 2017-2019 state budget on Wednesday.
Representative Ballweg Votes to Bring Foxconn Investment to Wisconsin State Representative Joan Ballweg voted in favor of the August Special Session bill that will allow Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics company, to build its new facility in Wisconsin.
Representatives Lisa Subeck and Joan Ballweg and Senator LaTonya Johnson Recognize World Breastfeeding Week with Video Promoting Healthy Babies, Working Mothers Act Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison), Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan), and Senator LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) released a video promoting the proposed Healthy Babies, Working Mothers Act (AB 193/SB 147).
Representative Ballweg Statement on the Retirement of DATCP Secretary Ben Brancel State Representative Joan Ballweg released the following statement regarding the announcement of the retirement of DATCP secretary Ben Brancel:
Wisconsin Rep. Joan Ballweg nominated to lead nonpartisan group of U.S. state governments Wisconsin Rep. Joan Ballweg has been chosen by a bipartisan group of her legislative peers from the Midwest to join the national leadership team of The Council of State Governments, the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of government.
Rep. Ballweg Appointed to Speaker's Foster Care Task Force Speaker Robin Vos appointed Representative Joan Ballweg to the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care on June 28, 2017.
Assembly Passes Bill Improving Sale of Foreclosed Property This good government bill improves the process for the recording of deeds following a sheriff’s sale.
Assembly Passes Administrative Rule Reform Legislation AB 317 is an essential part of the Assembly’s Red Tape Review project, and it builds on initiatives by the governor to clean up outdated and burdensome rules.
13th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship Recipients State Representative Joan Ballweg presented her 2017 Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarships last month to outstanding students across the 41st Assembly District. Each scholarship winner received their award from Rep. Ballweg during their schools’ awards night.
13th Annual Joan Ballweg Scholarship Winner State Representative Joan Ballweg will present five 2017 Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarships to outstanding students across the 41st Assembly District.
Legislators Introduce Legislation to Reform Administrative Rules Representative Joan Ballweg and Senators Nass and Darling introduced legislation to provide additional legislative oversight on the administrative rulemaking process and reform the procedures for repealing outdated and burdensome rules.
Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant Bill State Representative Joan Ballweg’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant Bill (AB 192) had a public hearing today in the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development.
National Drug Take Back Day Representative Joan Ballweg is doing her part for National Prescription Drug Take Back day, April 29, 2017, by raising awareness for local drug take back locations.
41st District Students' Art Featured at Capitol State Representative Joan Ballweg congratulates students from the 41st Assembly District who were selected as part of March’s Youth Art Month.
Assembly Passes Right to Try Bill Representative Joan Ballweg was proud to join her colleagues in the Assembly today to pass Assembly Bill 69, known as the Right to Try legislation.
Ballweg Announces New Legislative Website Representative Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan) is happy to announce the launch of her new legislative website which features links to contact her office, information on her district, current legislation, and recent e-updates.
13th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 13th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship. This year’s deadline is April 3, 2017.
Ballweg Sworn in for 103rd Wisconsin State Legislature State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) joined her Assembly colleagues today for inauguration. Ballweg took the oath of office for her seventh legislative term with Wisconsin Supreme Court Chief Justice Patience Roggensack.