Food Share Benefit Restrictions and
Drug Testing Requirements
the Assembly passed
a bill I co-sponsored requiring SNAP (food stamp) benefit recipients to
utilize at least 67 percent of their monthly benefits for nutritious foods;
foods approved under the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. The
complete list of approved foods can be viewed
This measure will likely be included in the 2015-17 state budget.
bill I co-sponsored,
AB 191, requires FoodShare recipients, those seeking Unemployment
Insurance benefits and adults without dependent children enrolled in
BadgerCare Plus to undergo drug testing prior to receiving benefits. This
bill passed the Assembly
62-33 last week, and has now been
by the Joint Finance Committee as part of the 2015-17 state budget. To
view the budget motion that includes these requirements, please click
70MPH Speed Limit
Governor Walker signed
into law, which increases the maximum speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per
hour. Please be aware that while the increase could take effect as early as
this summer, the increased limit is not in effect until the limit has been
visibly posted on a particular highway!
past few weeks, many of you have contacted me regarding
49, the prevailing wage repeal bill introduced in February by
Representative Rob Hutton and Senator Leah Vukmir. Click the bill links
above to view the full list of Legislators who support this bill.
original co-sponsor of this bill, I believe that now
is the time to repeal our state's prevailing wage laws. By their very
nature, prevailing wage laws are meant to eliminate competition; the very
foundation of a free economy. These antiquated laws artificially inflate
wages, and in the end, cost taxpayers millions of dollars.
On May 5,
the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform held a hearing on the
here to watch the hearing). However, the Committee failed to pass the
bill by a vote of
2-3, with Republican
Senator Howard Marklein joining Democrat Senators Chris Larson
(Milwaukee) and Bob Wirch (Somers) as a "no" vote.
version of the bill,
AB 32, has
been referred to the
Committee on Labor
and awaits a public hearing.
According to Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, prevailing wage repeal is
"probably not realistic." Senate Majority Leader, Scott Fitzgerald,
has echoed this sentiment, noting the 17 votes (majority) necessary for
the measure to pass in the Senate. The Senate is composed of 14 Democrats
and 19 Republicans.
that I will do whatever I can to help further the repeal of prevailing wage
in the Legislature, and will give it my full support should the bill come
before me for a vote on the Assembly floor. Should you have further
questions on the status of this bill, please feel free to contact my office.
Memorial Day - a precious day on which we remember the selfless men and
women who have given their lives for our freedom.
time to thoughtfully reflect on the meaning of this special day to honor
those that have so greatly sacrificed for the liberty and freedom that we
The end of
the school year is upon us - which means spring tour season at the Capitol!
The halls of the Capitol continue to echo with the voices of exuberant
children and tour groups as they explore our beautiful state capitol
to Campbellsport Elementary,
Eden Elementary and Allenton
Elementary for your recent visits to our
Here is some
helpful information if you are considering a visit:
a tour, please contact the tour desk for assistance at (608) 261-4358 or
visit this link to schedule your
Memorial Day Hours:
The Capitol will be open and regularly scheduled tours will occur. The
building will close at 4 p.m.
Observation Deck and Museum:
The observation deck and 6th floor museum are open for the season. Hours
Sunday: 12 p.m. -3:45
Tour Group Photos:
Please contact my office one week prior to
your groups visit to arrange for a commemorative photo to be taken of your
Executive Residence Tours:
The Governor's Mansion, located at 99 Cambridge Road in Madison, is open to
the public on Thursday afternoons from 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. April through August.
Tours are free of charge, and no prior notice is necessary for groups with
less than 20 visitors. For groups with more than 20 people, please call
(608) 246-5501 to make a reservation. Parking is available on the street in
front of the residence, handicapped parking is available on request upon
arrival. And don't forget your camera!
more about the Executive Residence, please visit the website at
continue to roll in from my Spring Survey. Thank you to all who have already
taken the online version and to the many that have mailed in a paper copy.
If you haven't
yet received it or if you wish to save a stamp, I invite you to check out
the survey at my
I look forward
to reading your feedback!
Feedback is Important!
As always, I hope this information is helpful to you.
Please know that I welcome your
feedback, questions and concerns. To contact me, you can call my office
toll-free at (888) 534-0059, or email me at
I look forward to hearing from you!