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Session Highlight: Assembly passes bill growing Wisconsin's hemp industry...

West Waukesha Bypass: Get the facts...

Beer with Scott: Schedule your one-on-one meeting...

Blue Books & Wall Maps have arrived: Request one today! 

 


Growing Opportunities for Wisconsin Business 

 

This past floor session on November 12, the Assembly passed Assembly Bill 206/Senate Bill 188, the Growing Opportunities Bill. 

In 2014, Wisconsin began a pilot program for growing and processing hemp with the help of the 2014 federal farm bill. Participation in the program exceeded expectations, and each year the number of applications to the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) have continued to increase. 

With the passage and implementation of the 2018 federal farm bill, Wisconsin has the opportunity to ensure the continued success of the state's hemp crop, and help bring a comeback to Wisconsin farmers. 

Assembly Bill 206, for which Rep. Allen's vote was "Yes," created a framework for DATCP to transition the current pilot program into a permanent one. This legislation makes necessary changes, while expanding opportunities for Wisconsin farmers to grow and succeed with the expansion of crop and planting opportunities. 

The bill now goes to the Governor. 


 West Waukesha Bypass Project Update 

 

For the past several years, Rep. Allen has been communicating closely with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) and other stakeholders to push for timely completion of the West Waukesha Bypass.  Unfortunately, the project was unable to dodge one of the wettest Septembers on record, and then the cold and snow hit on October 31.  Here is what we know about potential project delays: 

-A key facet of the Bypass hinged on the construction of a box culvert south of Madison Street in Waukesha. The wet weather in September caused this area to flood and slow completion.

-The DOT's goal is to finish the culvert by Thanksgiving, and if the weather cooperates, there is still a possibility that the project's full road surface may be completed.  They are focused on completing mainline pavement.

-If the weather is uncooperative, the DOT is working on a contingency plan to have a temporary surface installed, with one lane in each direction of the Bypass.

-In either instance, sidewalks and landscaping will not be completed this year.

We will continue to update constituents via email and on Facebook as information becomes available.  You can get other project information by clicking on the link to the DOT's website here.


Beer with Scott  

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Have a concern or idea regarding state government? The next Beer with Scott is coming up, and Rep. Allen wants to hear from you. 

The Beer with Scott format is simply pre-scheduled, one-on-one, ten-minute meetings with constituents right before the Thursday Night Football game.  We saw a great response last fall, and want to continue these productive interactions.

The next Beer with Scott this fall will be held on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pm. at The Neighbors Bar and Grille -S16W22255 Arcadian Ave, 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, or email Rep.Allen@legis.wi.gov.
 


 Wisconsin Blue Books

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Hard copies of the most comprehensive source for information about the state have arrived! 

We added this feature permanently in the "Other Helpful Links" near the top of the e-update. You can also get it online by clicking on the image above. 

Constituents of the 97th Assembly District who would like a hard copy can contact my office, fill out the name, address, and leave a message that says "send me a Blue Book," and we will get a copy to you shortly. 


Wall Maps

Laminated highway wall maps are still available!

The maps are approximately 36” x 24”.

If you would like a wall map, please contact my office by calling (608) 266-8580 or by emailing rep.allen@legis.wisconsin.gov.