In This Issue:
Session Update --- Your Views Matter ---
Bills I Support
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Welcome Back to Session
Last week, I was inaugurated to my second term as your
Representative, and I am honored to have two more years to work on your
behalf. I am excited for an eventful year, and am hitting the ground
running. Here are some things I am working on:
Before the inauguration, the Republican caucus elected a new leadership
team, and I am proud to say that rural Wisconsin now has a seat at the
table: I will be serving as the Vice-Chair of the Majority Caucus. We
have an incredible range of talent in the caucus this year, and adding a
rural voice to the leadership team is a demonstration that our agenda
will not leave anyone behind. With a historic wave of success this year,
now is the moment to bring forward the best ideas from all corners of
I am also excited about the next phase of the Rural Wisconsin
Initiative. We have packages of bills aimed at improving access to rural
health care and bringing greater job opportunities and training to areas
that are struggling. I will be the Assembly leader on advancing Governor
Walkerís proposal to add $35.5 million for broadband expansion and
technology access. We are working to move Wisconsin forward and make
sure that all of our communities can thrive.
Finally, I am excited to expand my participation in committees. I have
been appointed to chair the Committee on Science and Technology. Itís a
privilege to serve as committee chairman, and I look forward to
exploring the issues we will face. By expanding my committee
participation from 6 committees to 7, I will have the opportunity to
learn more about a wide range of issues that face our state.
The Governor gave his State of the State Address
this week. Click the picture for my reaction and share your thoughts!
What's Coming Next
Your Views Matter!
In each issue of our E-Update, Iíll include a few bills or proposals
that I am supporting. This week, I have signed on in support of:
- A letter from Rep. Jarchow and Sen. Tiffany calling on
Governor Walker to issue an executive order directing the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources to create a wolf management program
which will allow for a wolf hunt in the fall of 2017. Congressman
Duffy recently co-authored a bill that would remove gray wolves from
the Endangered Species List, and Wisconsin should be ready to
enforce our own hunt when the bill passes.
- LRB-0529: A bill proposed by Rep. Allen to restore local
control. Currently, local municipalities have almost no power to
prevent cell phone towers from being placed in residential areas,
even if the residents oppose the tower. We need to support local
- LRB-0582: A bill proposed by Rep. Hutton to help our
local communities save money and make our construction bidding
process more fair. Project Labor Agreements can tie the hands of
local governments, requiring them to take actions such as only
hiring from a local union shop or pay into union pension fund, even
if a company has employees who are not members of the
union or may never receive a union pension benefit. Using the most
cost-effective bid, whether it's a union or non-union, will save
residents tax money and maintain high-quality work.
Thank you to all those who have written or called to
voice their opinions or ask questions. My office is always open, and
your feedback truly helps guide my thinking.
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As always, if you have any comments or
thoughts regarding this
E-Update, please feel free to contact me.
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