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Contents

  • Legislation Review
  • Committee Review
  • Bills in Progress
  • Agency Updates
  • Spotlight on Service

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Legislation Review

Coming into the legislature at the beginning of the year, many things were uncertain. But there was one thing I knew for certain: I wanted to get somethings done for my constituents. I'm happy to report I have been able to a few things accomplished for the people of the 50th District, as well as, the people of Wisconsin. I was able to secure some additional funding in the Biennial Budget for the County Veteran Service Office.

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I have also been able to get two pieces of legislation signed into law. My first bill, now Act 24, removes the age exemption for pharmacists to administer immunizations. This law provides another avenue for individuals to receive immunizations, which have sometimes only been available through a pharmacy. The second bill, now Act 68, which you have probably heard a lot about, makes hemp a permanent crop in Wisconsin. By establishing the permanency of hemp in our state, I think Wisconsin can be a leader with this crop and provide an alternative option for farmers that are struggling. Hemp can be used for a vast array of products from CBD oil to bioresins to protein supplements – the end uses are diverse and to get there, we will also need a growing production and manufacturing support, which I think Wisconsin is positioned well for.

Committee Review

At the beginning of the Legislative Session, I was appointed to six Committees: Health, Agriculture, Corrections, Environment, Rural Development, and Veterans & Military Affairs. I was also appointed to two of the three Speaker’s Task Forces: Water Quality and Suicide Prevention.

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I’m proud of the work each of these committees/task forces has done. The Task Force on Water Quality is still working on drafting legislation that will have a positive impact and when it is completed, I will be sure to share with you all. The package of legislation for the Task Force on Suicide Prevention is currently moving through the legislature.

Bills in Progress

While I’m proud of the work I’ve been able to accomplish this year, I’m looking forward to getting even more things done in the coming year. Here are just a few of things I’m hoping going to get done:

  • AB 258 – Establishes a scholarship for a rural track at the Marquette School of Dentistry
  • AB 684 – Allows the Wisconsin GI bill to be used at private colleges and universities in our state
  • AB 230 – This is a technical change to the transferring of military transcripts to the UW System and Technical Colleges
Agency Updates

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection: DATCP recently issued a press release regarding the proper disposal of holiday greenery, which can be found here

Department of Transportation: DOT wants to remind everyone that the countdown is on for the requirement of a REAL ID driver's license. 

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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. I would like to introduce you to more of the outstanding First Responders we have in our District.

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This week meet: 

Steve from the Cazenovia Area Fire Department. He is a certified firefighter II and comes from a long line of volunteers as his father, brother, uncle and cousins are or have been members of the Fire Department. Steve has been with the Cazenovia Fire Department for thirty year and is always willing to step up to assist with extra duties, even when he has had his own personal challenges to overcome. He has planned the department’s fundraiser and is a driver of various fire apparatus. Steve also attends meeting, training sessions and passes along his knowledge to younger members of the department. Thank you for your selfless service, Steve!