September 25, 2015

Beginning of the Fall Legislative Session

The fall floor period began yesterday, and I was proud to support bills that will increase access to healthcare for Wisconsinites, as well as legislation updating our adoption laws. Both bills passed the Assembly with significant bipartisan support.

Assembly Bill 253 allows Wisconsin to participate in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact and simplifies the licensure process for doctors to practice medicine in multiple states. This legislation will help to increase access to medical care for people around Wisconsin, especially those in rural areas where we see an increased use of telemedicine.

Access to healthcare is a concern for people throughout the Fox Cities and Wisconsin, that is why this very important piece of legislation needed to be passed.  The bill we approved will help bring better medical care to families throughout our state.

The Assembly also passed Assembly Bill 41, which helps to ensure that foreign-born adopted children have the rights and paperwork necessary for their new lives here in the U.S.  This bill requires Wisconsin parents to officially adopt their children in the state to avoid any future complications with their identity.

I also have several other legislative priorities during the fall session. One of these priorities is the Speaker’s Task Force on Alzheimer’s and Dementia, of which I am the chair. This task force, along with several bills, will be the main focus for me throughout the fall legislative session.

Department of Health Services Family Care & IRIS Hearings

Public Hearings regarding Family Care and IRIS are being held throughout the state by the Department of Health Services (DHS) in September and October.  Act 55 of the 2015-17 State Budget directed DHS to make several changes to these programs and also to invite public input.  If you would like to know where these hearings will be in the future or would like to provide testimony, please follow the link below:

Blue Books

If you would like a 2015-16 Legislative Session Blue Book, please contact my office by phone, letter, or email.  We have several Blue Books left and would be more than happy to have them delivered to you.  The Blue Books are free to constituents and have updated photo and background information for all legislators.  The Blue Books can also be viewed here.

Governor Walker stops by the Assembly GOP Caucus

Governor Walker and myself after the Assembly GOP Caucus


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