Friday, September 11 2015

Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Approves AB 305

On Wednesday, the Assembly Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee voted AB 305 out of committee on a 7-4 vote, with Republican Rep. Todd Novak of Dodgeville voting against.


Current Wisconsin law prohibits a person from knowingly, and for valuable consideration, acquiring, receiving or transferring any human organ. AB 305, as amended, prohibits a person from knowingly acquiring, providing and receiving a fetal body part, regardless of whether the use is for valuable consideration.


As co-chair, I was eager to vote in support of this bill being passed out of committee. The bill now awaits action by the whole Assembly this fall. Click here to watch Wednesday's committee vote on WisconsinEye.


Eliminating Legislator Sick Leave


You may have heard of a bill currently before the Legislature that would eliminate sick leave for senators and representatives to the Assembly. Senate Bill 183, introduced earlier this year by Senator Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Representative David Steffen (R-Green Bay), seeks to eliminate the legislative sick leave benefit - the ability for a legislator to convert the cash value of unused, accrued sick days into credit to help pay health insurance costs after leaving office. I am an original co-sponsor of this bill and look forward to voting in favor of it should it come before the Assembly this fall.

District Events

Last Thursday I attended Alliant Energy's legislator tour of Cedar Ridge Wind Farm in Eden. It was very educational and I was glad to learn more about wind farms and wind energy.

Here are some events coming up in the district. I will be attending Congressman Sensenbrenner's office hours on Sunday in Hartford. I will be unable to attend the office hours on Tuesday, the 15th due to two legislative committee meetings that day. Please make an effort to come out on Sunday; I look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, September 13

Campbellsport FFA Alumni Tractor Pull
Northwinds Gift, Fudge and Wine Shop, Eden
12:00 p.m.

Congressman Sensenbrenner Office Hours
Hartford City Hall, Hartford
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15

Congressman Sensenbrenner Office Hours
Kewaskum Village Hall, Kewaskum
10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Addison Town Hall, Allenton
11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.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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