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May 10, 2019

 What's Inside:

- AB 137 Moves Forward!

- Task Force Updates

- Rural Wisconsin Initiative

- Hemp Podcast

- Capitol Hearings

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Assembly Bill 137
I'm very excited and happy to report that a bill I have authored has been recommended for passage by the full Assembly and was voted unanimously out of the Assembly Committee on Health. Its senate companion was also voted out of the senate committee without objection.

Speaker's Task Forces

As you know, I am a member of both of the Speaker's Task Forces: Water Quality and Suicide Prevention. 

Recently, the Water Quality Task Force had its first meeting outside of Madison. We traveled to Lancaster to learn some of the issues that this area of the state is experiencing. If you'd like you can review the materials that were presented from the following groups: 

Lafayette Ag Stewardship Alliance

Discovery Farms

UW Platteville Pioneer Farms

WI Pork Association

 

The first out-state meeting for the Suicide Prevention Task Force will be on Monday, May 20th in LaCrosse at the County Administrative Building. The meeting will begin at noon with presentation by invited speakers and then will open up for input from the public.  

 

 
Rural Wisconsin Initiative
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A few years ago, a group of legislators from Rural Wisconsin got together to focus legislation for the rural part of the state and called it the Rural Wisconsin Initiative (RWI). The RWI has been successful with getting legislation enacted into law since its inception. This session, I joined the RWI and have authored the first bill for the 2019 Legislative Session. 

This bill was recently circulated for co-sponsorship. 

This bill is relating to: Marquette University School of Dentistry rural scholarship program and making an appropriation.

Over half of Wisconsin's counties have been federally designated as Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). This legislation would help alleviate the need for qualified dentists in 38 counties across the state, thereby improving access to quality dental care for rural Wisconsinites.

This bill would require the Higher Education Aids Board (HEAB) to work with the Department of Health Services (DHS) to create a scholarship program that would award five $75,000 scholarships annually to students at the Marquette University School of Dentistry. Students would be eligible for up to four years on the scholarship, and in return, they are expected to complete 18 months of practice for every year they accepted the scholarship in a qualifying dental HPSA. Students who accept the scholarship but fail to practice in a qualifying area would be liable to the state for an amount that would be determined by the number of months the student failed to meet the requirement. 

The Right Angle Podcast: Hemp

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Click on the graphic to listen to the most current episode of the Right Angle Podcast where I discuss Hemp with Attorney Larry Konopacki. 

Capitol Hearings

The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) began putting together the Legislature's Budget this week with its first executive session. If you're interested in what budget motions were included you can visit the Fiscal Bureau's website for the 2019 Budget Motions

The next Executive Session is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14th. You can view the notice for this session, here

If you're interested in learning more about upcoming sessions for JFC, or any other committee, or a specific piece of legislation, you can sign up for the Legislature's Notification Service