Assembly Bill 450, that I coauthored with Senator Duey
Stroebel (R-Saukville), was signed into law by Governor Scott
Walker. Ozaukee County officials who were instrumental in
bringing this issue to the forefront, attended the bill
Beginning in 2012, the Ozaukee
County Board of Supervisors received approval from the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue to permit licensed vendors to sell liquor
on the premises of the Ozaukee County fairgrounds for special
events. The Department of Revenue made their decision to issue
"Class B" permits to concessionaires based on chapter 125.31 of
Wisconsin State Statutes.
Upon receipt of approval, Ozaukee County designated
concessionaires and applied for and received the necessary
permits. Ozaukee County operated under these parameters
since 2012 with no reported problems or complaints.
Unfortunately, the Department of Revenue recently
interpreted chapter 125 of Wisconsin State Statutes differently,
resulting in Ozaukee County being prohibited from selling liquor
and wine in the exposition center at the Ozaukee County
fairgrounds. In working with county officials and the Department
of Revenue, we were able to remedy the situation by allowing
Ozaukee County to continue operating under the parameters the
Department of Revenue previously approved.
Assembly Bill 450 remedies a statutory
interpretation oversight, while simultaneously allowing the
Ozaukee County Board to continue their process of approving
vendors to sell intoxicating liquors.
Governor Scott Walker signing Assembly Bill 450 into law.
The State Assembly, last week, unanimously
Assembly Bill 314, authored by Representative John Spiros
(R-Marshfield), which allows individuals with a disability to
hunt with a firearm, crossbow, or bow from a vehicle that is
furnished with a mechanized lift station.
Assembly Bill 314 provides deer hunters with a
safer alternative to traditional tree stands and opens the door
to producers of portable deer stands to continue designing
practical solutions for hunters. More important, this
legislation allows individuals who would not otherwise have the
opportunity to do so, participate in one of Wisconsin's foremost
recreational activities: hunting.
2017-18 Wisconsin State
My office still has an abundance of 2017-18
Wisconsin State Blue Books available. If you are interested in
receiving a copy of this publication, please contact my office.
Published biennially since 1853, the
Wisconsin State Blue Book is the oldest publication in
Wisconsin. Initially, the Wisconsin State Blue Book
served as a manual for the State Assembly, a pocket-size volume
of less than one-hundred pages, and designed for legislators to
have information about state government at their fingertips.
According to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference
Bureau, the principal authors of this venerable publication,
"Over the decades, the Blue Book evolved in size, scope,
and purpose. The Blue Book's many iterations were caused
by the increased availability of information about state
government and the public." By 2015, the Blue Book
exceeded one-thousand pages and was laden with dense statistical
information that history buffs and political junkies would find
engrossing; every day citizens, conversely, would find this
information uninteresting. The newly-revised State of
Wisconsin Blue Book is designed to provide non-political
junkies with enthralling content about Wisconsin history and
Recognizing that the Blue Book was
becoming too lengthy and dense, the Wisconsin Legislative
Reference Bureau undertook a Herculean effort: revamping this
esteemed repository of information about Wisconsin and its
history. The 2017-18 State of Wisconsin Blue Book is
intended to serve as an introduction to state and local
government, not the primary source for information regarding
these entities. More substantive and timely information about
state government can be accessed through the Internet than could
ever be accessed by a team of researchers tasked with penning a
book. Recognizing this, the 2017-18 State of Wisconsin Blue
Book contains biographies of legislators, descriptions of
executive and judicial agencies, and statistics pertaining to
Wisconsin government and elections. It does not, however,
reproduce information that is archaic, or can be easily obtained
and accurately elsewhere.
As denoted earlier, if you are interested in
obtaining a copy of the 2017-18 Wisconsin State Blue Book,
please contact my office with your name and address. My staff
and I will make it a priority to ensure that your copy arrives
in a timely manner.
In the district
I was recently honored with the Associated
Builders and Contractors' "Building Wisconsin Award," for
introducing and supporting legislation that creates jobs and
grows Wisconsin's economy.
Receiving the 2017 ABC "Building Wisconsin Award."
If you are interested in meeting with me to discuss legislative
issues or need assistance with case work, I am available to meet
with you one-on-one in the district. You can schedule a time to
meet with me by contacting my office.