January 19, 2018

Breast Density Notification Bill Passes Assembly

Gail Zeamer, constituent of the 55th Assembly District, and myself in the Capitol rotunda.

On Tuesday, legislation I authored which requires facilities that perform mammograms to provide a notice to women regarding dense breast tissue passed the state Assembly unanimously. The legislation was brought to my attention by a resident of the 55th Assembly District, Gail Zeamer, who also took the time to travel to Madison for the vote.

Breast density notification legislation has already been enacted in many states, and because of the Assembly’s vote today, it is one step closer to becoming a reality in Wisconsin. I would like to thank my Assembly colleagues who voted in favor of this important legislation, and I would especially like to thank my constituent, Gail Zeamer, for bringing this legislation forward.

Assembly Bill 653 requires facilities that perform mammograms to provide a notice to women regarding dense breast tissue if they have heterogeneously or extremely dense breast tissue. The notification would be provided on a federally-mandated summary of mammography results which is already sent to women after their mammogram. The goal of the notification is to raise women’s awareness regarding breast density and to ensure they have the information necessary to discuss their breast health with health-care providers. Currently, 31 states require some form of reporting to women regarding breast density, and several more are considering legislation.

This legislation will lead to earlier detection, prevention, and awareness of breast cancer in women. I am proud to have introduced this bill and look forward to providing Wisconsin women with important information regarding their health.

Senate Bill 543, the Senate companion to Assembly Bill 653, still awaits a public hearing and executive session in the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. To learn more about Gail Zeamer’s personal story, Rep. Rohrkaste has released a video that can be found on his Facebook page at the following link: https://www.facebook.com/RepRohrkaste/.

Wisconsin's Unemployment Rate Continues to Decline

This week, the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics employment report. Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped again, this time to just 3%, which sets a record low for the month of December and matches the lowest rate on record. At the same time, Wisconsin's total employment has set a new record as the size of our state's labor force has reached an all-time high. This is fantastic news for Wisconsin and for everyone out there who has a job or is searching for one.

On Wednesday of this week, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau delivered a report showing Wisconsin's general fund revenues up $137.5 million over projections. Our budget surplus now stands at over $380 million. This is great news for our state and indicates that our finances are stable moving forward.

Upcoming Listening Session

When: Monday, January 29th, from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Where: City Council Chambers, Neenah City Hall, 211 Walnut Street, Neenah

Note: If you are unable to attend this listening session, I will be scheduling more as we move into the spring. Also, you are more than welcome to contact my office via phone or e-mail, and I would be happy to get back to you.

Legislative Website

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