Friday, July 24 2015

Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is Law

On Monday, Governor Walker signed SB 179 (2015 WI Act 56), the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, into law. Wisconsin statute now acknowledges years of scientific research showing that unborn children can feel pain by 20 weeks, and protects them from the pain of late-term abortion procedures.

I'm proud to have been a part of the passage of this important law. If you didn't receive my last e-update, be sure to visit my website and Facebook page to learn more about this exciting step forward for our state.

Flags at Half Staff


You may have noticed this week that flags across the state have been lowered to half staff. On Tuesday, Governor Walker issued executive order #168, which ordered Wisconsin national guard personnel to be armed in light of recent events in Chattanooga, Tennessee. As a former Wisconsin guard member, I am a strong supporter of allowing our troops to be able to protect themselves on military bases on our home soil.

Marine Sergeant Carson Holmquist of Grantsburg, WI, was one of five military members killed in an attack at a Naval operations center in Chattanooga, TN. Please join me in prayer for the family of Sergeant Holmquist and the families of the others killed in this attack. 

Raise for State Troopers

Also on Monday, Governor Walker signed SB 205 (2015 WI Act 57) into law, providing a long-overdue, 6 percent pay increase for Wisconsin State Troopers. Click here to read my press release.

Bucks Arena

Next Tuesday, the State Assembly will take up SB 209, the Milwaukee Bucks Arena bill. Keeping the Bucks in Milwaukee is important not only for the city and surrounding counties, but for the state as a whole. Funding a new arena will provide much economic benefit for Milwaukee and the State of Wisconsin for years to come.

Please know that while I am ideologically opposed to a private corporation holding the state "hostage" on this issue, I believe that it is more important to view this deal in light of the fiscal impact it will have on Wisconsin. Contrasted with the Governor's original plan, I believe that this deal provides a better fiscal outcome for the state and is therefore something I can support. 

I'm grateful for all the feedback I have received on this bill. Please continue to weigh in filling out this quick survey or emailing me before Tuesday's vote.

Your 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!





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