Welcome to my
first e-update of 2016! I trust you and your family had a blessed holiday
season celebrating with family and friends. While 2015 was a great year, I
am excited for a fresh, new opportunity to make a difference for you in
please continue to contact me with any questions or concerns. I received
many constituent contacts last year- nearly 1,500 emails, phone calls and
letters! Thank you for all your input, thoughts and encouragement. It is an
honor to serve you.
i4Learning Tour in Kewaskum
Last Wednesday, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca
Kleefisch, Senator Stroebel and I visited
i4Learning Charter School
i4Learning began in 2015, and is one of many
charter schools in the state that are changing the face of traditional,
"cookie cutter" K-12 education with project-based learning and grouping
students according to their subject progress, rather than by age.
I believe that as a state, we will
develop a strong workforce and skilled leaders when we promote
traditional K-12 teaching methods in conjunction with newer, more
contemporary, project and skills-based models.
Further, it is imperative that our local
technical colleges partner with schools, including late elementary and
middle schools, to allow some hands-on learning in the careers that are
promoted through local businesses and manufacturers.
It was great touring the i4Learning
facility. Thanks to all the students, faculty and staff for making this
School Zone Bill Circulated
Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin),
Rep. Rob Brooks (R-Saukville) and I circulated a proposal for co-sponsorship
that would give schools the ability to allow concealed carry permit holders
to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.
LRB-1820 falls in line with the spirit of the federal Gun Free School
Zones Act, signed in 1990 by then President Bush. Most states allow teachers
with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms if they are granted
permission from the school board or authority.
According to the
Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, 39 states prohibit concealed carry
permit holders from bringing firearms to K-12 schools; however, there is a
movement in several states - North Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado - to enact
North Dakota Representative Dwight Kidfert
stated, "The reason it's necessary [to allow concealed carry in schools] is
we have rural schools that are 30 miles away from law enforcement, so we are
tyring to address the response time [to a potential shooting]. Because by
the time law enforcement gets there, it won't be a rescue anymore."
The Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier
stated recently that, "your options are run, hide or fight. I always say if
you can get out, getting out is your first option, your best option. If
you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman
out, it's the best option for saving lives before police can get there."
Chief Lanier's plain words speak to the fact
that in an active gunman situation, you may not be able to run, hide or
fight. Allowing our school personnel to legally carry concealed weapons will
hopefully prevent the next horrific school shooting from becoming a reality.
Click here to read my press release.
On Tuesday, the Assembly passed a package of
bills authored by
John Nygren (R-Marinette) referred to as the
HOPE (Heroin Opiate Prevention & Education)
agenda. The package passed by the Assembly includes the following bills:
changes the requirement for those who dispense certain prescription
drugs to submit information to the PDMP from 7 days to 24 hours. It will
also require a
practitioner to review a patient’s record when initially prescribing a
monitored prescription drug (for
example, a Schedule II drug).
This bill states that when law enforcement encounters an
inappropriate use or an infraction of the law concerning scheduled
drugs, they upload that information into the PDMP and have the PDMP
notify the physician. There are exceptions for on-going
gives the Department of Health Services (DHS) oversight over the
operation of pain management clinics across the state. The
department’s oversight would not be regulatory, but would be a way
of providing safeguards so “pill mills” don’t pop up in our state.
requires methadone clinics to gather data such as staffing ratios,
the number of patients receiving behavioral health services with the
medication, and average mileage an individual is traveling to come
to a clinic. This information will then be reported to DHS on an
annual basis to give public health and treatment professionals a
chance to analyze outcome data.
I am proud to have supported these bills in
committee and on the Assembly floor. They now await action in the
Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee passed
(also known as "Alicia's Law"). This bill will attempt to provide more
resources for law enforcement when investigating Internet crimes against
children. Passage was nearly unanimous, with only 2 Democrats voting