American Laws for American Courts
There are ten states - Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Tennessee - that prohibit the use of foreign law in their state courts.
In 2017, sixteen states have introduced legislation to prohibit foreign law in U.S. court rooms. American Laws for American Courts was crafted to protect American citizens' constitutional rights against the infiltration and incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines.
The goal of the American Laws for American Courts Act is a clear and unequivocal application of what should be the goal of all state courts: No U.S. citizen or resident should be denied the liberties, rights, and privileges guaranteed in our constitutional republic. American Laws for American Courts is needed especially to protect women and children, identified by international human rights organizations as the primary victims of discriminatory foreign laws.
By promoting American Laws for American Courts, we are preserving individual liberties and freedoms which become eroded by the encroachment of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrine.
It is imperative that Wisconsin safeguards our constitutions' fundamentals, particularly the individual guarantees in the Bill of Rights, the sovereignty of our Nation and its people, and the principles of the rule of law - American laws, not foreign laws.
Currently, I have drafted legislation that will prohibit foreign laws from incursion in our courts and protect Wisconsin, but is lacking support from State Senators. If you are in favor of protecting our justice system please contact your State Senator and State Representative.
Honoring a lifelong public servant
On May 2nd, I had the pleasure to host the Dandeneau family to honor the life and public service of Representative Marcel Dandeneau. I was joined by Marcel's wife Shirley, sons and daughters Jeff, Marc, Roy, Yvonne, and Karla. Marcel's brother Al and sisters Lorraine and Lucille, and great-grandchildren Veronica and Nicholai.
Assembly Joint Resolution 18 was adopted and will head over to the senate. Representative Dandeneau impacted the lives of many all across the state and he will be surely missed.
The Joint Finance Committee has started the next stage of the budget process.
The JFC began voting on individual provisions in the Governor's budget recommendation May 1st.
The Committee's role is to improve upon the Governor's recommendations with the help of legislative members from across the state.
The budget process is the time for the legislature to make the budget reflect the priorities of our constituents.
Wisconsinites' input is important. The JFC and legislative members will continue to listen to Wisconsin residents as we continue the state budget process.
Thank you for all the input!
This Week in History
1958: President Eisenhower proclaims Law Day. President Eisenhower proclaims the role of law in the creation of the United States of America. The American Bar Association defines law day as: "A national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law."
1961: The first American in space. From Cape Canaveral, Florida, Navy Commander Alan Bartlett Shepard Jr. is launched into space aboard the Freedom 7 space capsule, becoming the first American astronaut to travel into space.
1991: Harry Gant is oldest NASCAR winner - again. 51-year-old race car driver Harry Gant racks up his 12th National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) Winston Cup career victory in the Winston 500 in Talladega, Alabama.