January 13, 2017
STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS
Wisconsin workers are known across
the nation as being highly skilled and a having an
exceptional work ethic. We also know that demographics
are shifting, and that growing a skilled workforce is
becoming a greater challenge. The state of our state is
strong, our future is bright, and the Packers are
winning! Some of the main goals this session will be to
find sustainable solutions in the transportation fund
and discover ways to improve education for every child
in our state.
WORKING AND WINNING FOR THE 97THOn Wednesday, January 11th we held the first in-district
listening session of the year at the Town of Waukesha
Town Hall. Many residents battled the ice to participate
in a thoughtful and meaningful discussion. Special
thanks to those who came!
Representative Allen listens to constituent
questions at the Town of Waukesha Town Hall
Several inspiring students from Waukesha West High
School visited the Capitol office on Thursday the 12th.
These students came to the Capitol to do further
research for class projects. Thank you to Mr. Egnarski
and his class for stopping by! Keep up the good work!
Representative Allen with four Waukesha West
High School Students and their teacher.
GOOD GOVERNMENT MEASURES INTRODUCED
To begin this legislative session, Representative Allen
introduced two important, “good government” measures:
the Trustworthy Credentials Bill and the Mobile Cell
Tower Siting bill.
In 2015, an investigation revealed that a convicted
rapist and bank robber had received a Wisconsin license
to be a social worker. Under current law, the only
recourse the state has is to rescind the license. The
system had a shortcoming by failing to provide real
penalties for individuals violating the trust we should
be able to have in licensed professionals. We need to
better protect taxpayers who encounter individuals
licensed by the state.
The Trustworthy Credentials Bill holds that any person
who intentionally makes a misstatement or omission or
who submits falsified documentation in an application
for a state license is guilty of a Class A misdemeanor.
The penalty is a fine not to exceed $10,000, or
imprisonment not to exceed nine months, or both.
Also introduced is the Mobile Cell Tower Siting bill
which enables local units of government the ability to
regulate placement of some telecommunications towers.
Currently, cities, towns, and villages have no authority
to restrict cell tower placement within their
jurisdiction. The bill allows political subdivisions the
ability to restrict the placement of new cell towers
within 750 feet of residential zoning at the lowest
density in a community. In other words, the local
community can decide whether to allow a cell tower in
less densely-populated part of town.
This legislation restores a balance between local
interests in preserving property values and the needs of
the growing telecommunications industry.
As always, if you have any comments or
thoughts regarding the subject of this
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