Friday, October 9 2015


Policy for Gender-Specific Bathroom Use in Public Schools



This past week I circulated a bill with Senator Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) that would provide a statewide policy for public schools as it relates to student use of male and female bathrooms and locker rooms. I see this issue very plainly - individuals born biologically male must not be allowed to use bathrooms designated for biological females and vice versa.

 

This is an issue that schools around the state are just beginning to face. Students who do not identify with their biological gender are requesting to use the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. This is a problem for many reasons. First, lax policies on bathroom use inevitably open the door to abuse, including harassing and discriminatory behaviors from students that would only make matters worse. Second, bathrooms and locker rooms can be intimidating places for many students, regardless of gender. Introducing the opposite gender into a gender-specific facility will cause confusion, insecurity, fear and intimidation for some students. Our children should not feel threatened in our school bathrooms and locker areas.

 

Our proposal is very simple: boys and girls cannot freely choose to use restrooms reserved for the opposite sex. A student who does not identify with his or her biological sex may, in writing, request alternate accommodations such as a single-stall or faculty restroom/changing area.


While alarming to even consider, it is clear that biological gender is under attack by those who seek to redefine the very essence of what it means to be male and female; foisting upon everyone a re-definition of gender as we know it. Please know that I will continue to fight to keep our public schools safe places for all students, particularly in places like bathrooms and locker rooms where the expectation of privacy, safety and dignity should not be taken lightly.

 

More information and a video on this bill can be found at my website, www.RepKremer.com. 

 


GAB Overhaul


On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Representative Dean Knudson released a bill to reform the state's Government Accountability Board (GAB). Authored by Rep. Knudson and Senator Leah Vukmir, the bill will replace the GAB with an Ethics Commission and an Election Commission. Each commission will have six commissioners serving five year terms: two appointed by Republican legislative leaders, two by Democrat legislative leadership and two appointed by the governor. These new commissions would take effect on June 30, 2016.

This bill will:

  • Increase the number of finance reports filed to provide transparency and accountability in campaigns;

  • Increase reporting frequency and transparency;

  • Regulate "Super PACS," or independent expenditure committees;

  • Double campaign contribution limits to bring parity with other surrounding states;

  • Allows corporations to contribute to political parties and committees; and

  • Prohibits corporate contributions to candidates.

I look forward to supporting this bill and a long overdue overhaul of the failed, partisan Government Accountability Board when it comes before the Assembly for a vote this fall.


District Events


Here are some events coming up in the district. As you may know, this week is Fire Prevention Week. Be sure to check out the fun events planned around the district!

Saturday, October 10

Run T.A.L.L. 5K Race
New Holstein Community Center, Kiwanis Prairie and Memorial Park Woods
7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Autumn Celebration
Wade House,
W7965 State Hwy 23 Greenbush, 53026
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Learn about the origins of American Halloween customs at Wade House, play seasonal games of the period, enjoy hot cider in the stagecoach inn, or take a two-mile, open-air, horse-drawn wagon ride. Pumpkin carving, and classic renditions of scary (family friendly) stories in the candlelit Herrling Sawmill.

Campbellsport VFW Post 8339 and Campbellsport Memorial Post 222 Fundraiser
Fireman's Park, Campbellsport
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Two Campbellsport veterans groups are working together for a a place to call their own in Campbellsport. The Campbellsport VFW Post 8339 and Campbellsport Memorial Post 222 of the American Legion are hoping to purchase a building in Campbellsport to use as a home for the two organizations. Come out and help make this goal a reality!

Campbellsport Fire Department Open House
Campbellsport Fire Dept.
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Campbellsport Fire Department will hold an open house at the fire station on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. as part of Fire Prevention Week. Everyone is invited to tour the fire station, learn about what firefighters and EMTs do and learn about fire prevention. To read more about the fire department open house, check out this week's Campbellsport News.

Sunday, October 11

Allenton & St. Lawrence Fire Departments Pancake Breakfast and Open House
Allenton & St. Lawrence Fire Depts., 431 Railroad St. Allenton
Come and learn more about Fire Prevention Week!


Autumn Celebration
Wade House,
W7965 State Hwy 23 Greenbush, 53026
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Learn about the origins of American Halloween customs at Wade House, play seasonal games of the period, enjoy hot cider in the stagecoach inn, or take a two-mile, open-air, horse-drawn wagon ride. Pumpkin carving, and classic renditions of scary (family friendly) stories in the candlelit Herrling Sawmill.

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


An internship position is still available in my office. If you or someone you know is interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume and letter of interest to Rep.Kremer@legis.wisconsin.gov.

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 or send the office an email if you have any questions.


Your Feedback is Important!


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