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Floor Session: You're on Candid Camera...

Teen Sleep and Technology Survey: Ironically, please fill it out online, anytime...

Coffee with Scott: Sit down for a coffee break with Rep. Allen...

Virtual Charter Schools: Treating all public school students fairly...

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 You're on Candid Camera

Smart home devices from Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and others have proliferated over the last decade, and are projected to rise.  Market research firm IDC projects that over 1.6 billion smart home devices will ship in 2023 alone, almost tripling from 2018. 

“With technology today, we should assume that we may be on camera at any time,” said Rep. Allen.

The Wisconsin State Assembly on Wednesday passed Senate Bill (SB) 247, outlining uses of surveillance systems, including cameras, during the sale of property.

The legislation passed Wednesday strikes a balance between the property rights of home sellers and privacy rights of potential home buyers.  The bill specified that property owners may use surveillance devices without notification or permission, for example, during an open house. Surveillance is not permitted in bathrooms or washrooms.

“When viewing properties for sale, buyers should assume that they are being recorded,” advises Rep. Allen, “you don’t want to say things that may be offensive and you don’t want to weaken your negotiating position.”

Cori Lamont, Senior Director of Legal and Public Affairs for the Wisconsin Realtors Association, believes the clarification in state law will prove beneficial.  “SB 247 is a big win for sellers, who will no longer have to question whether they can use surveillance to protect their safety and property during the sales process.”

 SB 247 now goes to Governor Evers desk.


Teen Sleep and Technology Survey
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Do you have teenage children or grandchildren? Are you concerned with their use of technology? Rep. Allen wants to hear from YOU! Take the survey on our website and participate in our research on relationship between sleep and technology. 


 Coffee with Scott

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Have a concern or idea for state government? Representative Allen wants to hear from you. 

Last year we hosted Coffee with Scott, pre-scheduled, one-on-one, ten-minute meetings with constituents, and the idea was a great success. We are continuing these productive interactions.

The next Coffee with Scott will be held on Wednesday, January 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at The Steaming Cup, 340 W Main St, Waukesha, WI 53186.

Constituents interested in talking with Representative Allen are asked to schedule a 10-minute time slot by contacting his office. Appointments will be made on a first-scheduled, first served basis. To schedule a meeting, call 608-266-8580, email Rep.Allen@legis.wisconsin.gov, or sign up on Facebook.


Rep. Allen introduces bill expanding rights for virtual students

 

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Representative Scott Allen, along with Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) introduced legislation enabling students enrolled in virtual charter schools to participate in extracurricular activities, including interscholastic athletics, in their resident school districts.

Virtual charter schools are public schools where students to participate remotely via the internet. As public charter schools, these schools are based in Wisconsin public school districts. Many students are enrolled in a host school district which is hundreds of miles away from their home.  Their distance from the host school district makes it impossible for them to participate in extracurricular activities. Currently, about 7,000 students from around the state participate in virtual charter schools via open enrollment.

“Extracurricular activities provide students with a well-rounded educational experience.  Our virtual students deserve every opportunity afforded to all other Wisconsin students,” said Rep. Allen. Read the bill here


 

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