December 13, 2019

 What's Inside:

- Out in the District

- Spotlight on Service

- Getting it Done Podcast

- Hemp Panel

-  Agency Updates


Jefferson Elementary Visited the Capitol today!
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Out in the District

Our district had a busy week, here are some of the great events I was able to attend.


Last week, I had the privilege to welcome home Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry from their successful deployment to Afghanistan. Welcome home and thank you for your service and your families sacrifice!

On Tuesday I had the chance to attend the Weston School District holiday breakfast. I had a great time chatting with everyone who braved the cold weather to attend, and I even got to meet Santa!

Also on Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending a Christmas Party at the Kendall Senior Meal Site. I had a wonderful time talking to my fellow attendees, and I even ran into Santa again!

Spotlight on Service

Late in August I began asking folks around the 50th Assembly District for nominations for the First Responder of the Year Award. My office was pleasantly surprised by the number of  individuals being nominated. I was blown away by the many selfless individuals who volunteer their time and talents in order to serve our communities. Over the next few weeks, I would like to introduce you to more of the outstanding First Responders we have in our District.

2019.12.09_FirstResponders_BenFields.jpgThis week meet: Ben Field, Fire Chief for the Wonewoc Area Volunteer Fire Department, and his brother Ken Field, who is the Head of the Wonewoc Ambulance, Assistant Chief for the Wonewoc Fire Department, and a part time law enforcement officer for the Village of Wonewoc.

An excerpt from one of Ben Field’s nomination forms reads: "Chief Field is a very dedicated firefighter and leader in our community and surrounding areas. He continuously goes above and beyond to help out people. Last year during the flood he worked countless hours along with many other selfless fellow firefighters making sure people were safe and had places to go to. No matter what the situation is, he is always there for the people of his community, and has for 30 years or more.

An excerpt from one of Ken Field’s nomination forms reads “Ken Field’s care and compassion for the members of the village and surrounding communities goes above and beyond. His ability to serve his community skillfully as both Head of the Wonewoc Ambulance and Assistant Chief of the Wonewoc Fire Department, all while having another job, is incredible. The dedication he shows to the first responders under him as well as his community is second to none.

Ben and Ken Field have both served their community admirably, and it was my honor to thank such great first responders for serving our district.

 The Right Angle Podcast: Getting Things Done

1653319-1555960058318-e807b3eaad685.jpgClick on the graphic above to listen to Representative Amy Loudenbeck (R-Clinton) and  Speaker Vos chat about where Rep. Loudenbeck gets bill ideas from, how technology is improving many facets of life in Wisconsin, and some little known facts about Wisconsin's goat breeding community.

 Hemp Panel


Last Sunday, December 8th, I, along with Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point),  had the chance to speak at the Annual Wisconsin Farm Bureau Meeting as part of a panel on hemp.  Our panel went over the legal, political and regulatory successes and challenges in 2019 and offered our latest insight into the latest developments coming out of the Wisconsin Legislature, the USDA and FDA. We also discussed in length how the new USDA hemp guidelines will impact hemp growers and hemp production in 2020.

For more information on the Wisconsin State Hemp Program, click this link.

Agency Updates


  • 2020 Wisconsin State Park Admission Stickers are now on sale.  Annual admission stickers cost $28 for Wisconsin residents, and make a great holiday gift.
  • DNR again is making $275,000 in Wildlife Restoration and Sport Fish Restoration funds available to local clubs, organizations, communities, individuals, governments, tribes, and colleges and universities to recruit and retain safe, ethical hunters and anglers.  The application deadline for the R3 Grant Program is Friday, January 3, 2020.
  • DNR staff will be stocking over 2,000 pheasants on eight properties in Southern Wisconsin during the week of December 18th to give upland hunters more opportunities to pursue game birds during the holiday season.  The pheasant season runs through January 5, 2020.
  • December is “Sharps Awareness Month”, and the Wisconsin DNR is reminding residents that medical sharps such as needles, syringes and lancets cannot be disposed of in the trash or recycling bins.  The Department has a new interactive sharps collection site map to help connect people with disposal sites near them.

Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs

Holiday decorations offer a festive look to the season, but they can also pose a fire hazard. As you decorate your home or business this year, ReadyWisconsin encourages you to keep fire safety in mind.

  • It can only take a matter of seconds for a fire involving a tree to grow into a large blaze. Live trees should be kept at least three feet away from heat sources, such as a fireplace or heater. Heat will dry out a real tree, causing it to more easily ignite when exposed to heat, flame or sparks. Live trees should be watered every day.

  • Inspect holiday lights each year and replace strands that have worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for limits on the number of light strands that can be connected. Remember some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both.

  • Most home fires caused by candles occur on Christmas Eve, Christmas, and News Year’s Day. Never leave a burning candle unattended, and make sure they are kept at least 12 inches away from flammable materials. Never place candles where children or pets could accidentally knock them over. Instead of lighting real candles, consider using battery-operated flame-less candles.

  • Check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. Alarms should be located on every level of your home and be tested monthly. Create an escape plan with your family and practice it, so you are certain everyone knows two ways to get out of the house in the event of a fire.

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