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November 29, 2019

 What's Inside:

- 2019 Wisconsin Act 68

- Red Arrow Soldiers

- NCSL

-  Eternal Evergreens

- Local Events and Agency Updates

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2019 Wisconsin Act 68
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On Tuesday, Senate Bill 188 (SB 188), now 2019 Wisconsin Act 68, was signed by Governor Evers. This law aligns Wisconsin law with the Federal Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill), as well as, makes permanent the Wisconsin Hemp Pilot Program. In the first year of this program, 250 Wisconsin farmers received growing licenses. In year two that number has risen drastically, with over 1400 Wisconsin farmers applying for growing licenses, and an additional 700 applying for processing licenses. With this bill, the hemp industry will continue to grow in Wisconsin for years to come. I want to thank Rep. Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point) and Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) for co-authoring the bill with me and for assisting me in making this a reality.

Wisconsin Army National Guard "Red Arrow" Soldiers Return
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Approximately 190 Wisconsin Army National Guard "Red Arrow" Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry returned home today and a short homecoming ceremony was held for them at Volk Field, Camp Douglas.

Nearly 400 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry mobilized for deployment to Afghanistan late last year and embarked on a mission in which they conducted hundreds of missions as "guardian angels," providing force protection for countless engagements between advisers from the 2nd Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), other coalition forces, contractors, and Afghan troops. The Appleton-headquartered unit was the first National Guard battalion partnered with one of the Army's security force assistance brigades, and despite its long and illustrious history in combat dating back to the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and the Global War on Terrorism, the 127th became the first Red Arrow unit to deploy to Afghanistan when it arrived in theater last winter.  The remainder of the deployed 127th troops are expected to return to Wisconsin next week. 

 

NCSL

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I recently had the opportunity to attend a National Conference for State Legislators in Georgia. NCSL's mission is to advance the effectiveness, independence and integrity of legislatures, and to foster interstate cooperation and facilitate the exchange of information among legislatures. It also seeks to  improve the operations and management of state legislatures, and the effectiveness of legislators and legislative staff. I am always looking for new ways to best represent the people of my district, and I found this conference very educational!

Eternal Evergreens
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The Wisconsin Historical Museum's popular holiday exhibit, "Ever Gleaming", returns in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the aluminum Christmas tree! “Ever Gleaming” tells the story of the Aluminum Specialty Company of Manitowoc, who introduced the Evergleam aluminum Christmas tree in 1959. This year's exhibit features original trees, artifacts, clips from classic films, popular TV commercials, and the most important newspaper headlines from 1959; and a spotlight on the rare trees that collectors seek out today. Guests can also take a throwback holiday picture in a replica living room from the trees’ mid-1960s heyday, providing the perfect backdrop for holiday cards and Instagram posts. For more information, click this link.

News and Notes

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

This holiday season, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding shoppers to make sure their gift purchases are not going to scammers. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while shopping this season.

  • Avoid suspiciously deep discounts or free offers, including social media posts or emails that offer these deals. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Verify websites before ordering. A quick internet search can help you verify the company’s information and find any warnings about their website.
  • Be wary of unsolicited messages, such as email, text, social media or internet ads that promise a free gift card. Do not click on any links and delete the message.
  • Avoid online auction sites selling discounted or bulk gift cards. The cards may have been tampered with, have already been used, or expired.

For more information on how to shop smart this holiday season, click this link.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Along with the holiday seasons comes winter storms and precarious road conditions. If you are traveling, watch the forecast and check with 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed through a free mobile app or the mobile-friendly site: http://www.511wi.gov.
For anyone traveling this holiday season, whether it be to a holiday party or for the ongoing deer hunting season, pack an emergency kit in your vehicle to help you stay safe in the event of a vehicle breakdown or if you get stuck in bad weather. Kits should include non-perishable foods, flashlight, extra hats, gloves and blankets. Make sure to also travel with fresh water. 

Local Events

  • Kick off the Holiday Season with the 2nd Annual Reedsburg Community Tree Lighting on Saturday, November 30, 2019 in City Park at 6:30 p.m.  This year is Bigger & Better with 5 Trees, Cookies & Hot Chocolate.
  • The Holiday Train chugs it’s way into Mauston on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 and will come to a safe stop where the track intersects Division Street near Tremont Street. The train will arrive promptly at 4:00pm.
  • The University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Richland Center will be hosting a Save, Fix, or Invest? seminar from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on December 10th. The seminar will feature Paul Dietman, and the topic of discussion will be on how to make financial decisions for your farms future. The seminar is free and open to everyone, lunch will be provided.

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