Wednesday, November 11 2015

Assembly 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 188, 200, 212 and 222 will 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 unused benefits.


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 within a 12-month period:

* 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 impersonation.


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 FoodShare program.

These bills now await action in the Senate.

Veteran's Day

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 service!



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.


District Events

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
Downtown Hartford Businesses

Saturday, November 14

"A Patchwork Christmas," 29th Annual Hartford Christmas parade
Parade Route - North Main to South Main (Lincoln School)
3:00 p.m.
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!

Hearthside Dinners
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

Rep. 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.

  • 8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
    Hartford City Hall, Council Chambers
    109 N. Main Street, Hartford 53027

  • 9:30 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

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

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