December 1, 2016

A Note from Rep. Allen

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Christmas Time at the Capitol

The 2015 Capitol Christmas Tree

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 remain on display until New Years.  I hope that you get an opportunity to visit the Capitol this month as a part of your Christmas plans.

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!


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