Friday, September 25 2015

Assembly Passes AB 310

Yesterday the Assembly passed AB 310, a bill that would require the state Department of Health Services (DHS) to annually apply for federal grant dollars under Title X of the federal Public Health Service Act. AB 310 directs DHS to distribute those funds first to the Wisconsin Well-Woman Program, then to state and county health departments and clinics. Remaining monies may then be distributed to other eligible organizations. Under the bill, recipients of Title X money may not provide or make referrals for abortion services.


Currently, Planned Parenthood receives 100 percent of the available federal dollars under Title X. Even though federal law generally prohibits tax dollars from funding abortions, it is obvious that tax dollars flowing into Planned Parenthood are fungible - meaning these dollars, while not directly allocated to PPH's abortions, will free up funding within the organization, making it easier to continue providing abortion services.


Planned Parenthood currently receives roughly $3.5 million in taxpayer funds each year. It is exciting that taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood may finally come to an end here in Wisconsin. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this bill and to have voted in favor of its passage yesterday. AB 310 now awaits action by the Senate.



Proposed Civil Service Reforms

You may have heard about a recent proposal to reform Wisconsin's Civil Service Code. While official bill language has yet to be released, here are some of the things the proposal aims to accomplish:

  • Streamline the hiring process of state employees, ensuring that the best and most qualified employees are hired in a timely fashion.

  • Replaces the currently required entrance exam with a resume-based screening process.

  • Utilizes the Department of Personnel Management (DPM) as a central clearinghouse agency to collect, retain and dispense resumes of qualified candidates to state agencies seeking new employees.

  • Requires the state to respond in a more timely fashion to employee grievances.

  • Clearly defines “just cause,” providing stability for employees and eliminating the grey area surrounding the state’s ability to terminate employment.

  • Implements an annual performance review in an effort to maximize employee effectiveness and for use in distributing merit-based bonuses.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding this new proposal. I look forward to reviewing the bill language when it is released.

Honoring Allenton American Legion

At the close of yesterday's Assembly floor session, it was my honor to recognize 9 members of the Allenton American Legion Fohl-Martin Post 483 who have served for over 50 years. I am a proud member of the Allenton Post and was happy to see them honored in Allenton this past weekend. My adjournment given before the Assembly is below:

I adjourn today to honor a handful of gentlemen who were celebrated at my American Legion post, Fohl-Martin 483 in Allenton, this past Saturday. As with all of our greatest generation heroes, their stories are amazing and include the Battle of the Bulge on Christmas Eve, baking 600 loaves of bread a day on a ship and part of the second battalion to enter Nagasaki after the bomb was dropped. In an age where long term commitments are no longer commonplace, these veterans have served the American Legion family dutifully for over 50 years. I express my sincerest thanks to these nine members for their past service to state, country, and Legion Post: 

Fred Zimmel, the last living Charter Member of the Post who served in the Army during WWII.  Fred has 71 years of continuous membership.   

Willard Derge who served in the Navy during WWII and has 70 continuous years of membership. 

Joseph Reinders who served in the Army during WWII and has 70 continuous years of membership. 

Roy (Rex) Weyer served in the Army during WWII and has 70 continuous years of membership. 

Donald Jonas served in the Army during Korea and has 61 continuous years of membership. 

Harold Reindl served in the Army during WWII and has accumulated 61 continuous years of membership. 

Francis Nennig who served in the Army during WWII and has 60 continuous years of membership. 

Joseph Spaeth who served in the Army during Korea and has 60 years of continuous membership. 

Norman Doll served the Navy during WWII and has accumulated 50 continuous years of membership.


District Events

Here are some events coming up in the district:

Saturday, October 3

Octoberfest, Hosted by the Glenbeulah Fire Department
Glenbeulah Fire House & Village Hall
2:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Alenton AAAA Fall Festival & BBQ Smoke Off
Veterans Memorial Park
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Don't see a local event featured here? Please feel free to drop me a line if you know of an upcoming event you would like to see in a future e-update.

Madison Internship

I am happy to announce an opening for an intern in my Madison office. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and letter of interest to

Intern responsibilities may include: filing, data entry, mailings and light policy research. Intern will be expected to be available in Madison at least one day per week, dates and times are flexible.

Please contact the office at (608) 266-9175 if you have any questions!

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