Passage of Public Benefit Reforms
Last week, the Assembly voted to pass four bills, including one of my own,
to help fight waste, fraud and abuse in our state's Unemployment and
FoodShare programs. Assembly Bills
all help to combat fraud so that social program benefits are available for
those who truly need them.
AB 188 - In
the FoodShare program, any benefits that are not used in a benefit month
are carried over and may be used by the recipient for up to one year.
This bill directs DHS to move benefits offline after six months of
account inactivity after first notifying the beneficiary. After a full
year of inactivity, this bill requires DHS to completely remove all
AB 200 -
Under federal rules, there is no limit to the amount of FoodShare EBT
cards that may be requested due to cards being damaged, lost or stolen.
However, federal rules allow states to determine that four or more
requests within a year's time is an excessive number of requests,
thereby allowing them to limit the number of replacement cards provided
to a household. As amended, AB 200 directs DHS to do the following when
the fourth and subsequent cards have been requested
fourth request: issue replacement card along with a notice to
recipient that additional requests could cause referral to the
Office of Inspector General (OIG) in DHS.
fifth request: issue replacement card and refer matter to OIG.
Also, a notice to the recipient that their account is being
reviewed, and if another request is made, the recipient must call
DHS to explain the need for another card.
sixth request: notice to the recipient that their account is
being reviewed and that the recipient must contact DHS to explain
the need for another card. If no contact is made with the recipient,
no card will be issued and an investigation conducted.
AB 212 -
This bill creates a period of ineligibility for Unemployment Insurance
(UI) benefits for seven years if a beneficiary is found to have
committed two acts of fraud through benefit concealment or
AB 222 -
This bill directs DHS to put together an implementation plan to add
photo IDs to FoodShare Quest (EBT) cards.
Click here to read more about my effort to reduce fraud in our
These bills now await action in the Senate.
Today is Veterans Day. To all of the veterans of this great state, thank
you for your service to this country. We are grateful for you and your
Constituents in the Capitol
I enjoyed meeting with delegates from Washington and Calumet Counties this
past week through the County Ambassador Program (CAP). In the meetings I
listened to arguments for and against some of the legislative issues that
could affect both counties in the near future.
Here are some events coming up in the
district. I look forward to seeing you at the Hartford Christmas parade at 3
p.m. on Saturday afternoon!
November 2 - 18
"Food for Fines"
Campbellsport Public Library, 220 N Helena St.
Have library fines? Come to the library November 2nd through the
18th to receive a $1 fine waiver in exchange for every
non-perishable food, cleaning, paper, health or beauty product donated
(up to $10 in fine waivers). Expiration dates must be clearly visible on
all items donated.
Friday, November 13
Downtown Hartford Holiday Open House
Saturday, November 14
"A Patchwork Christmas,"
29th Annual Hartford Christmas
Parade Route - North Main to South Main (Lincoln School)
Come out and enjoy the 29th annual Hartford
Christmas parade. The 1003 Steam Locomotive pulling Santa's Caboose will
be on the tracks from 12-3 before the parade!
Wade House, W7965 State Hwy 23 Greenbush
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Enjoy a delicious
hearth-cooked meal, prepared with your own hands, in the historic Wade
House stagecoach hotel. At this event guests prepare 19th-century dishes
on a wood-burning stove and over an open-hearth fire just as Mrs. Wade
did more than 150 years ago. This event culminates in a wonderful
sit-down meal in the lovely Wade House dining room.
Saturday, November 21
Kremer Listening Sessions
Be sure to attend one of the
following listening sessions in the district! I will be listening to
questions, concerns and comments on current legislation and issues
important to you.
a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Hartford City Hall, Council Chambers
109 N. Main Street, Hartford 53027
a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Kewaskum Fire Department
1106 Fond du Lac Avenue, Kewaskum 53040
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Campbellsport Public Library
220 N. Helena St. Campbellsport 53010
12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
New Holstein Public Library
2115 Washington St. New Holstein 53061
1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Villa Loretto Nursing Home
N8114 County WW, Mt. Calvary 53057
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!