March 11, 2016

A Note from Rep. Allen

Capitol Happenings

For the past six months, my office has been taking a close look at school start times. Unsurprisingly, our research has consistently revealed that young people do not get enough sleep, and that starting school a bit later in the morning is one potential solution. Studies show moving start times later, specifically for teenage students, tends to provide both academic and health benefits. As such, I have been requesting the opinions of educators in the 97th District on potentially allowing middle and high school students to begin school a little later. We are still in the process of gathering different perspectives, so I would be happy to hear any input you might have on this issue.

                                                                                                                                  Poll from The National Sleep Foundation

Waukesha has been looking for a solution to its water problem for a long time – ten years to develop a plan, which was then reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources for five years and eventually approved.  Now it is referred to the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. All Governors and Premiers must approve the plan. 

The plan would tap into Lake Michigan as an abundant source of fresh water. By using the water and then returning one hundred percent of it back to the lake, it is possible to draw from this source without depleting it in any way.

 This short video explains the process and the science behind the plan. Click here to take a look.


I have been working on legislation that a person who intentionally makes a material misrepresentation or omission on a state license application would be guilty of a Class A misdemeanor and face a penalty and /or a fine. The idea behind AB 812, is that there ought to be a significant penalty for intentional misinformation and we ought to disclose that penalty on a license application to deter people from being dishonest. The idea for this bill was brought to me from a constituent who was appalled at a story in a local newspaper where a convicted rapist and bank robber was granted a license for social work. The bill passed the Assembly and just this past week I testified on the bill to the senate committee it was assigned to.

"Peace is not the absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means." -Ronald Reagan


With the closing of the session comes endings and new beginnings


Keith Best

Keith came on board right after the election to serve as my Legislative Aide. Keith has been extremely dedicated to his work, even participating in numerous meetings before inauguration. Keith has done a remarkable job in keeping up with the countless constituent contacts and an ever-changing calendar. He is seeking opportunities to take advantage of his communication skills, possibly in the State Senate or in a public relations position.


Dani Dutelle  


Dani has been an intern with our office since February of 2015. Although she was finished with her regular schedule in December, she has continued to come into the office periodically to help us with e-newsletters and updating the website. Dani will be graduating from UW-Madison this May and is seeking a full time position in public relations or in advertising.


Dates to Remember

March 13-Daylight Savings               March 17-St. Patrick's Day

March 20-First Day of Spring


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