|Christmas Time at the Capitol
The 2015 Capitol Christmas
This week, the Capitol Christmas
Tree, a balsam fir from Eagle River, has been moved into the
rotunda and is being decorated for display. The tree's ornaments
were made by students from around Wisconsin and revolve around
this year's theme, Wisconsin Wildlife. The decoration of the
tree is nearly complete and the tree lighting ceremony will be
held tomorrow, December 2nd, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the
Capitol rotunda. This ceremony is open to the public.
If you are unable to make it to Madison tomorrow, the tree will
display until New Years. I hope that you get an
opportunity to visit the Capitol this month as a part of your
The State Capitol is open weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
and weekends from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Free tours are offered
daily and start at the information desk, which is on the ground
level. For more information on visiting the State Capitol,
please click here.
Listening Session Wrap-Up
On November 16th,
I participated in a joint listening session with
Senator Chris Kapenga at Waukesha City Hall. It was a
great opportunity to garner feedback from the people I
represent. Thank you to everyone who took the time to come
and share your opinions on the issues that matter to you.
At the listening session, there were about
a half a dozen constituents who advocated for
the legislature to pass a resolution supporting an “Article V
Convention of States." This refers to Article V of the US
Constitution that allows for the states to call for a convention
for the purpose of amending the constitution. What I learned is
that Congress would be compelled to call the convention if
enough states pass a resolution authorizing the convention.
Then, if the convention passes amendments to the constitution,
those amendments would need to undergo the standard process by
which our country has ratified amendments in the past. In other
words, thirty-eight out of fifty state legislatures would have
to ratify any proposed amendment in order for it to become part
of the US Constitution. Many people are advocating that a
convention be held at least to propose a balanced budget
amendment. Those at the listening session suggested that the
states need to take back power from the Federal government and
the convention of states was one way to demonstrate that power.
Other attendees brought up issues relating to protecting water
quality in municipal water systems and making sure that the
transportation fund had sufficient resources to support
multi-modal transportation options including transit and bikes.
Listening sessions are an important way for residents of the
97th Assembly District to voice their concerns and provide input
on public policy. My next listening session will be on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 from
6:30-7:30 PM at the Town of Waukesha Town Hall. The town
hall is located at W250 S3567 Center Road, Waukesha, WI 53189.
I hope to see you there!