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
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
Department of Health Services Family Care & IRIS Hearings
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:
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
Walker stops by the Assembly GOP Caucus
Governor Walker and myself after the Assembly