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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 below.

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Legislation Authored by Rep. Petryk in the 2015-16 Session

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; authors

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; authors

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; authors

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 2015-16.

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 roughly $179,131.

Assembly Bill 636 (Senate Bill 483) Rep. Petryk/ Sen. Harsdorf; authors

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; authors

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; authors

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.

Constituent Corner

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 Tournament.  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 County Herald)

Events Around the 93rd Assembly District

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

Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce:

City of Eau Claire:

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce:

Village of Ellsworth:

Prescott Chamber of Commerce:

City of Prescott:

Menomonie Chamber of Commerce:

City of Menomonie:

Village of Spring Valley:


The Village of Pepin:

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