November 8, 2013

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Sen. Mike Ellis and Rep. Dave Murphy Announce District Office Hours

Mike Ellis and I are hosting district office hours. Please let us know your comments, questions and observations about state government. Or just stop in to say hello!

Grand Chute and Appleton Area

Saturday, November 9th, at the Grand Chute Town Hall, 1900 Grand Chute Blvd, from 10am-11am.

Winchester and Wolf River Area

Saturday, November 16th, at the Winchester Town Hall, 8522 Park Way, Winchester, from 9am-10am.

Greenville and Dale Area

Tuesday, November 19th, at the Greenville Town Hall, W6860 Park View Dr, Greenville, from 5pm-6pm.

Winneconne, Vinland, and Poygan Area

To be announced.


This week in the Assembly: Workforce Development, OWI Reduction

This week's floor session activity focused on workforce development and reducing substance impairment driving in Wisconsin.

The workforce bills will expand worker training programs so people can get the skills they need to secure a solid job. Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development data shows that employers often find it difficult to fill skilled technical positions due to a lack of qualified candidates.

The bill package, which passed with broad bipartisan support, will help better match workers and job opportunities. Unemployed workers will get temporary, on the job training, to keep their skills fresh, and grant funding and scholarships were offered to help defray some of the costs of technical education and apprenticeship programs.

We also passed three bills aimed at reducing OWI (operating while intoxicated) driving. OWI offenses include operating a vehicle while under the influence of an intoxicant, as well us operating with a prohibited blood alcohol level. Assembly Bill 67 requires someone accused of first offense OWI to physically appear in court to enter their plea. Assembly Bill 68 holds repeat OWI drivers accountable, regardless of how long ago their previous offense(s) occurred. AB 467 expressly prohibits someone who must abide by an ignition interlock order from operating a vehicle without an ignition interlock.

Beatrice Murphy honored in the State Assembly

My wonderful mom turned 100 on October 23rd this year, and I am so pleased I was able introduce her (and my brothers Marv and Jerry) to my colleagues during an Assembly session day. After I introduced mom, the Assembly sang Happy Birthday to her. What a terrific day!

Marv Murphy, Beatrice Murphy, Jerry Murphy

Dave, Marv, Mom, and Jerry


My Madison Office

2013-2014 BLUE BOOKS are still available! The Wisconsin Blue Book is published in odd years, and details the current members of the legislature, our federal representatives, the governor, the Wisconsin Constitution, courts, and all state agencies, councils and boards. The Blue Book is available online at: 2011-2012 Wisconsin Blue Book Home Page. Please contact my office if you'd like a hard copy at no charge.

I live in Greenville, but have an office at the State Capitol in Madison. If you are in downtown Madison, please feel free to stop by and say hello! Just go to the information desk in the rotunda, and they can direct you on how to find my office, 304 North. At the bottom of each e-news, you'll see my office contact information.

If your school or group plans to tour the Capitol building, please let me know. I'd love to visit with you for a few minutes and take a group photo.

Remember, anyone can watch the Assembly in session (and most committee meetings, as well) through WisconsinEye.

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