Boy Scouts of America
Representatives from the Boy Scouts of America
provided their “Report to the State” in front of various legislators
from both the Assembly and Senate. I was honored to provide
some opening remarks at the event.
My thanks to all the Scouts who attended the event as
well as their parents and volunteers who traveled with them to the
state capitol. I know that each one of these Scouts will go on to
become tremendous assets to their communities and to the professions
that they choose. Meeting such bright, talented, and disciplined
young men such as these new Eagle Scouts gives me great optimism
that the future of Wisconsin will be in very good hands.
Please take a moment and watch the video posted
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Legislation Authored by Rep. Petryk in the 2015-16
During this legislative session, I have worked diligently to write
and support legislation that will have a positive impact on the
state. Whether it be helping to create a qualified workforce,
protecting the public, or helping our schools, I am proud of all the
legislation I authored this term. The following is a brief
explanation of each bill. If you would like more, please click on
the links and you will be taken to the history on each bill.
Assembly Bill 748
(Senate Bill 523): Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Harsdorf;
This bill would provide grants to school districts to encourage
participation in technical education courses and ultimately,
family-sustaining careers in manufacturing. Under our bill, a school
district could apply for a matching grant ranging from $10,000 to
$50,000. Schools would need to secure matching funds from area
private businesses and/or other community assistance. With this
bill, we will become more able to help students transition into
high-demand, good-paying jobs across Wisconsin and encourages
public-private collaboration and investment in local schools across
the state, which will be a key component in the success of young
people seeking to enter high-demand technical careers.
Assembly Bill 591 (Senate Bill 441) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Darling;
This bill recognizes and protects a variety of professional
credentials in fields important to public safety and will help those
who have earned professional credentials in these fields by
recognizing them in statute. Under the bill, misrepresentation of
having earned these credentials would be punishable by a misdemeanor
with a fine of up to $1000.
Through this important public safety legislation we want to ensure
that those representing themselves as holding these particular
credentials (certified dangerous goods professional; certified
hazardous materials manager; certified hazardous materials
practitioner; certified health physicist; certified industrial
hygienist; certified safety professional; and registered radiation
protection technologist) have in fact met the minimum qualifications
required by the state, and thereby, safeguarding the public.
Assembly Bill 824 (Senate Bill 664) Rep. Petryk
and Mursau/ Sen. Tiffany and Vinehout;
As you all know, sparsity aid was originally created as part of the
2007-09 budget as recommended by the State Superintendent’s Rural
School Advisory Council. Due to the unique circumstances for rural
schools including declining enrollment, increased numbers of
financially disadvantaged students, and unstable property values,
school funding for rural school districts can be unbalanced.
In 2013-14 both Spring Valley (in the 93rd Assembly District) and
Crivitz (in the 36th Assembly District) became eligible for these
crucial funds for rural districts. Unfortunately, due to a small
student increase in both districts, both became ineligible in
After meeting with representatives from the Department of Public
Instruction, it was determined that both Crivitz and Spring Valley
could regain their eligibility with some small changes to sparsity
aid as laid out in Assembly Bill 824. The Department still has funds
that can be distributed specifically for sparsity aid and those
funds should be fully utilized for the benefit of our rural schools.
Under Assembly Bill 824, Spring Valley would qualify for a portion
of the $300 per pupil sparsity aid (80.6 percent) which equals
Assembly Bill 636 (Senate Bill 483) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Harsdorf;
Arts and cultural experiences account for a significant number of
small business that stimulate Wisconsin’s economy. According to Arts
Wisconsin, the nonprofit arts and cultural sector in Wisconsin
generates $535 million annually in economic activity, of which $65
million is local and state revenue and $479 million is resident
income. The industry also employs over 42,000 full-time workers
among 10,000 businesses.
Under this bill, applicants can apply for funds through this grant
program for up to $40,000 and must have secured at least a
two-to-one match of non-state funds for the project. The Arts Board
would be required to not only develop a process for the grants but
also report back on the effectiveness of the grant program to the
Joint Finance Committee.
Assembly Bill 405 (Senate Bill 334) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Marklein;
This state law eliminates income tax liability, licensing
requirements, use tax liability, and sales tax reporting
requirements for individuals or businesses that come from
out-of-state to do repair work on infrastructure following a
disaster declaration by the Governor. These exemptions are only
available for the work that is performed during a state of emergency
declared by the Governor, or within ten days before or 60 days after
that state of emergency declaration. This bill is now known as 2015
Wisconsin Act 84.
Assembly Bill 289 (Senate Bill 210) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Harsdorf;
With this new state law, out of state emergency medical services
(EMS) providers without a Wisconsin license, training permit, or
certificate are permitted to act as an ambulance service provider,
first responder, or emergency medical technician (EMT) in Wisconsin
so long as the provider holds a valid license, training permit,
certificate or other credential allowing the person to act as an
ambulance service provider, first responder, or EMT in another
state; and is acting in response to a request for mutual aid and
responding from the state in which that person holds the appropriate
credentials to act as an ambulance service provider, first
responder, or EMT. This bill is now knows at 2015 Wisconsin Act 83.
Assembly Bill 37 (Senate Bill 34) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Olsen; authors
This law simply requires all schools participating in the National
School Lunch Program to obtain a food protection certificate. Not
only is this legislation important for the safety of our state’s
students but it’s very affordable for our school districts. The
certificate from the Department is $10 and is good for 5 years. The
test is administered by 4 vendors and on average the cost is around
$100 and the Department of Public Instruction also has training in
place to educate schools who wish to obtain this certificate. This
bill is now known as 2015 Wisconsin Act 46.
WIAA State Wrestling
Congratulations to the entire Ellsworth Wrestling team
who are the Division 2 State Champions! The win gave
Ellsworth their first state championship since 2014 and
the seventh in program history.
Also, congratulations to two students from the 93rd
Assembly District who won at the WIAA State Wrestling
According to the WIAA website, Sam Stuhl, Ellsworth, was
the champion at 126 after winning the crown at 120 in
2015. He improved to 41-5 this season with a 5-0
decision in his championship bout. Ethan Hofacker,
Spring Valley/ Elmwood, 40-3 won by fall over Ian Ruble
(Clear Lake) 36-8.
Congratulations to all the wrestlers and their coaches!
(Picture provided by the Pierce
Events Around the 93rd Assembly
Thank you all for letting us
know about upcoming events in the 93rd Assembly District. It is my
pleasure to share them with others through this newsletter. If you
have an event, please share them with me a month in advance and my staff
and I will do our best to share in our e-update.
Eau Claire Children’s Theatre Elephant & Piggie’s “We Are In A Play”
March 11, 12, 13, 18, and 19, 2016
The Oxford, Eau Claire
Plum City American Legion Fish Dinner
March 11 & 25, 2016, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Plum City Legion Hall, Plum City
Jim Landwehr Author Visit
March 11, 2016, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Ellsworth Public Library, Ellsworth
Parent’s Night Out
March 11, 2016, 5:15 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Cost: $10-$12 per child
Robbins Elementary School, Eau Claire
Shamrock Shuffle - 5K Run/Walk
March 12, 2016
McPhee Physical Education Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire
Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony “Spring is Coming!” Free Concert
March 13, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Ganter Concert hall, Haas Fine Arts Center, UW-Eau Claire, Eau Claire
Prescott Fire Department Pancake Breakfast
March 13, 2016, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Prescott Fire Hall, Prescott
28th Annual Pancake Breakfast/Silent Auction
Sunday, March 13, 2016, 8:00a .m. – 1:00 p.m.
Brother Michael Catholic Center, Spring Valley
93rd Assembly District Local Resources
Representative Petryk Online