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Spring Budget Listening Sessions Announced
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) has announced her spring listening sessions, held throughout the 41st Assembly District. All are welcome to attend and are encouraged to share their thoughts.
11th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship
Scholarship applications are currently being accepted for the 11th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship. This year’s deadline is April 24.
Rep. Ballweg to Announce Red Tape Review
State Representative Joan Ballweg will be unveiling the Assembly’s Red Tape Review initiative next week at a press conference in Madison and a series of roundtable events around the state.
Rep. Ballweg Announced Chair of Joint Committees
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) was named last week as chair of two joint committees for the 2015-2016 legislative session; the Joint Legislative Council and the Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR).
Rep. Joan Ballweg to Run for Majority Leader
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) announced today her bid for Assembly Republican Majority Leader. Ballweg, a six-term incumbent, most recently spent two terms as the Republican Majority Caucus Chair.
March 27, 2015
The four-year endurance test to make Wisconsin's voter ID legislation actionable has finally come to pass when the US Supreme Court made their final ruling this week.
March 20, 2015
This week, the legislature passed a resolution recognizing March as American Red Cross Month. The history of the Red Cross in America is a fascinating story, beginning with American founder, Clara Barton.
March 13, 2015
This week the Assembly Committee on State Affairs and Government Operations heard two bills I authored. Assembly Bill 81 and Assembly Bill 82 will make changes to state statute and administrative code helping our county register of deeds.
March 6, 2015
The Assembly was on the floor this week as we heard right to work legislation. We are now in the full swing of things and hard at work on the state budget. Over the next several weeks I'll be holding public listening sessions on the budget bill.
February 27, 2015
The Wisconsin State Senate passed the "Right to Work" bill this past week. SB 44 now heads to the Assembly for consideration. A public hearing has been noticed and will take place on Monday, March 2 at the State Capitol.
February 20, 2015
Today, legislative leadership announced the Senate and Assembly will take up "right to work" legislation in an extraordinary session. After the Senate debates the bill, the Assembly is expected to take up this issue the week of March 2nd.
February 13, 2015
The Assembly was in session this week. We were on the floor Thursday and took up several bills that are now on their way to the Senate. One addresses human trafficking and another privacy issues related to GPS devices.
February 6, 2015
This week, Governor Walker presented his 2015-17 budget. This covers the next two years’ spending of over $68 billion dollars. I’m including links for both the budget address and the executive budget.
January 29, 2015
Last session we passed legislation affecting implements of husbandry and how they share our roads. Local municipalities have now made their determination on which permitting options they will have in effect for 2015.
January 23, 2015
The Assembly met this week to take up some simple but important changes to the criminal acts of intimidating a witness and “up-skirting.” We've started to fix that violation of privacy through Assembly Bill 8.
January 16, 2015
The Governor gave his State of the State address to a joint session of the state legislature this week. Governor Walker talked about the state’s positive economic standing, our low unemployment rate, and private sector job growth.
January 9, 2015
This week the 102nd Legislative Session began. That afternoon the state Assembly was sworn in in the Assembly Chambers. It feels good to be back in Madison, working for you.
December 30, 2014
We’re looking forward to a new Legislative Session, and I want to wish you all a Happy New Year! 2014 has been a good year in Wisconsin. Our state unemployment rate is at 5.2%, the lowest it’s been since September 2008.
December 23, 2014
Season’s greetings from the State Capitol.
December 19, 2014
Over the last several months, eight committees and two symposium series have been meeting through the Joint Legislative Council Special Committee process. This biennial tradition gives legislators the chance to dive deep into important issues.
December 12, 2014
Even though the new session doesn’t begin until January, the Assembly Republican majority has released our own policy plan.
November 26, 2014
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. As you sit down with loved ones, please consider sending a card and greeting to a Service Member or Veteran though the Red Cross Holiday Mail for Heroes program.
November 21, 2014
Tomorrow marks the opening of the 2014 gun deer hunting, a nine-day statewide season. The Wisconsin DNR has provided some important information for hunters to be aware of.
November 14, 2014
This week we recognized Veterans Day. We all stop to thank the vets in our lives on November 11, but we should make that a regular practice. Take the time to thank our men and women in the Armed Forces.
November 7, 2014
Thank you to the citizens of the 41st Assembly District for voting to send me back to Madison next legislative session. I'm honored and humbled by the trust you place in me to be your voice at the state Capitol.
April 11, 2014
The sun is finally shining and temperatures are on the rise, a clear sign summer is on the way. But the spring season brings severe weather warnings to be aware of. Did you know that Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually?
April 4, 2014
Two bills I authored were passed unanimously on Tuesday. Assembly Bill 260 allows for flexibility for recipients of the Talent Incentive Grant and Assembly Bill 532 provides greater clarity by renaming our needs-based financial aid, the Wisconsin Grant.
March 27, 2014
Governor Walker has signed the Blueprint for Prosperity into law, which means more money in your pocket. That’s good news for every Wisconsin citizen. Wisconsin is moving forward.
March 21, 2014
This week we were on the floor Tuesday and Thursday. These were our final scheduled session days for the 2013-14 legislative term.
March 14, 2014
My spring legislative newsletter has gone to print and should be in your mailbox now. This publication includes a summary of legislation I’ve worked on this past session. My annual listening sessions are also listed.
March 7, 2014
Even though we are at the end of the legislative session, the complicated issue of implements of husbandry hasn’t been resolved. I’ve introduced a bill this week to address the concerns and allow for extra time to solve this problem.
February 28, 2014
Last week the Assembly passed Assembly Bill 746 which protects our ag tourism industry. This hybrid of Wisconsin’s two largest industries sees thousands of visitors heading to the farm.
February 21, 2014
Two bills I authored were on the floor Thursday. Assembly Bill 260 extends the eligibility requirements for Talent Incentive grants. These grants are given to students who show both financial need and an educational disadvantage.
February 14, 2014
We are nearing the end of the 2013-14 Legislative Session. Proposals that have been worked on over the past fourteen months are making their way to the floor. Thursday’s session focused on protecting and empowering children and victims.
February 7, 2014
Applications are now available for the 3rd Sam Hennessee Sholarship for students from Green Lake, Marquette, or Waushara counties pursuing an Associate Degree in Applied Science or greater in the medical field.
January 31, 2014
This week I testified on the Implements of Husbandry (IoH) bill at the joint hearing of the Senate and Assembly Transportation Committees. A link to my testimony is included.
January 24, 2014
Wisconsin residents need to be ready for three major winter weather events impacting the state over the next week. Wind, snow and cold will create dangerous conditions starting Friday, continuing through Wednesday.
January 17, 2014
I would like to echo Governor Scott Walker’s enthusiasm over new revenue estimates released today by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau. .
January 10, 2014
Congratulations to Ray Cross, who was named the new UW System President this week.
January 3, 2014
Wisconsin needs to be ready for a dangerous blast of arctic air that will be moving into the state Sunday night and hovering over through Tuesday. The system will drop temperatures and wind chills to levels not seen since 1996.
December 23, 2013
Happy holidays from the State Capitol!
December 20, 2013
As we gear up for Christmas, I was in Madison this week to testify on one of my bills. Assembly Bill 532 would change the name of the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant and the Wisconsin Tuition Grant, to the Wisconsin Grant.
December 13, 2013
This week at the Capitol the State Building Commission met. Before us were three projects approved in this past state budget. The Joint Task Force on Common Core Standards released their recommendations this week.
December 6, 2013
Tune in to Wisconsin Public Television tonight for the December 6 edition of Here and Now. I was interviewed by Frederica Freyberg on the Special Session bill that passed the Assembly this week.
November 27, 2013
We have a lot to be thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving this week. Our state’s economy continues to improve. Job numbers for October revealed Wisconsin’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.5 percent.
November 22, 2013
I've been on the road this week, visiting constituents in Montello, Adams-Friendship, and the Town of Lincoln. Also, I want to wish our hunters a very happy and safe opening weekend.
November 16, 2013
The Assembly was in session again this week. We had two full days and passed the most comprehensive mental health reform package in state history on Tuesday.
November 8, 2013
The Assembly was in session this week and took up several workforce development bills, and the Adams County Cancer Awareness Team’s achievements were recently recognized with a 2013 Community Service Award by the Wisconsin Cancer Council.
November 1, 2013
It’s that time of year again, daylight saving time. Don’t forget to “fall back” Saturday night, November 2. Also, November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Read my column in this week's e-update.
October 25, 2013
This week several bills from the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health were heard in Assembly committees. And the Adams-Friendship High School Respect Team was featured in a Channel 3000 news story
October 18, 2013
This week, the State Assembly unanimously passed Assembly Resolution 18, saluting the many Honor Flight volunteers in Wisconsin. We also passed Senate Joint Resolution 54, proclaiming November 2013 as Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.
October 11, 2013
The Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health met this week to approve our final recommendations. The bipartisan endorsements were voted on and forwarded to the Speaker on Wednesday. Also, we will be hearing AB 297, the Indian Mascot Bill, on Tuesday.
October 4, 2013
The legislature is back in session, and the Assembly will be meeting in October and November to take up our fall agenda.
September 27, 2013
This week I hosted Wisconsin Eye at Ballweg Implement in Waupun for a Newsmakers panel discussion on farm equipment and highway safety.
September 20, 2013
Starting this fall, Wisconsinites with some college but no bachelor’s degree will have a new, more convenient way to earn a UW degree or certification.
September 13, 2013
The Smithsonian National Museum of American History is seeking stories from farmers to include in their American Enterprise exhibition.
September 6, 2013
Wisconsin drivers may soon be able to travel our interstates at a higher speed. Legislation is being considered that will raise the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour.
August 30, 2013
I would like to wish you and your families a very happy Labor Day weekend. Take note that Wisconsin Highway 21 in Adams County still has construction happening to replace the Carter Creek Bridge in the town of Preston.
August 23, 2013
Wisconsin's weekly initial unemployment claims have remained under 8,000 for five straight weeks. This is the lowest initial claims have been since 2007.
August 16, 2013
The report of the implements of husbandry study group was released on August 5th, and a series of five town hall meetings will be held around the state.
August 9, 2013
Last week we heard more great news about our economy. The coincident indexes from the Philadelphia Fed ranks Wisconsin 5th in the nation and 1st in the Midwest, exceeding the national growth rate.
August 2, 2013
I'll be at the State Fair on Wednesday, August 7 helping out at the Wisconsin Department of Tourism booth promoting Green Lake and Ripon tourism.
July 26, 2013
If you are a waterfront property owner, a new permit process will allow for faster removal of zebra mussels, dead fish, and algae from your shore line.
July 19, 2013
Madison offers a great day-trip, complete with a tour of the state Capitol. The Capitol is open seven days a week, offering free tours every hour and great views of the city from the observation deck during the summer months.
July 12, 2013
The Marquette County senior meal program was featured in a Portage Daily Register article, Concerns were highlighted about the federal government's potential cuts to the programs that fund our counties' Meals on Wheels and Senior Dining Site programs.
July 3, 2013
As we celebrate our nation's birthday, I want to extend to the citizens of the 41st Assembly District a very Happy 4th of July. Remember our communities host a variety of Independence Day Celebrations.
June 28, 2013
We are approaching the end of the fiscal year, and the state budget is in the Governor’s office awaiting his vetoes and signature.
June 21, 2013
The 2013-15 State Budget passed out of the Senate this morning. Governor Walker has said he will review and sign the bill before the end of the fiscal year on June 30.
June 14, 2013
This week the State Assembly has been in session. Many bipartisan bills come before us, including Campaign Finance and Election Reform legislation and improvements to the Unemployment Insurance program.
June 7, 2013
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is providing travelers two new online tools to stay updated with travel conditions around the state - a new construction project website and a statewide 511 Twitter feed.
May 31, 2013
There will be a new babysitting certification class in Montello on June 8. This class will help teach the basics of child development, nutrition, playing with children, and safety.
May 23, 2013
As we celebrate Memorial Day, I want to recognize and extend my gratitude to the families of those who have given their lives defending our country. Their sacrifice ensures our freedom, and is deserving of our appreciation.
May 17, 2013
Today SB 67, "the Ducks bill," was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. This legislation changes the exception that allows the popular Wisconsin Dells tour vehicles to use our roadways.
May 10, 2013
The fifth annual Green Lake Angler Young Angler Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 on Green Lake.
May 3, 2013
My spring budget survey is in the mail, set to be delivered to households in the 41st Assembly District. I also have an online version where you can share your feedback with my office, located at my legislative website.
April 26, 2013
I was honored to receive the Wisconsin Idea Award at the 2013 Wisconsin Joint Council of Extension Professionals Conference on April 18.
April 19, 2013
I have held six of the 10 listening sessions scheduled around the 41st Assembly District. If you've been unable to attend one, there are four remaining locations scheduled for next week.
April 12, 2013
Today I travel to Adams, Neshkoro, and Ripon for the first round of my spring listening sessions. If you missed one today, there are still several sessions to make.
April 5, 2013
All are welcome and encouraged to attend any Listening Session in order to share your thoughts on the biennial budget and other state issues.
March 29, 2013
Sen. Petrowski and I addressed dentists from across the state who had gathered in Madison for their annual legislative day.
March 22, 2013
I'm happy to share with you that, for the first time since I've held this position, the Joint Finance Committee will be holding one of their public, state-wide budget hearings in the 41st Assembly District.
March 15, 2013
WisDOT is studying US 12 (Wisconsin Dells Parkway), from WIS 13 (Broadway St.) to WIS 23 (Munroe Ave./Whitlock St.) The 2.7 mile corridor runs parallel to I-90/94.
March 8, 2013
Assembly Bill 14, or Wisconsin Fast Forward, passed the Senate this week, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk for signature.
March 1, 2013
Last week, high school guidance counselors in the 41st Assembly District received informational packets for students to apply for the 9th Annual Joan Ballweg Leadership Scholarship.
February 22, 2013
This week we heard Governor Walker’s budget plan for the 2013-15 biennium. I am especially encouraged by the Governor’s investment in workforce development.
February 15, 2013
The Joint Legislative Council met this week to hear the results of four special study committees that reviewed various policy areas over the summer of 2012
February 8, 2013
This week, I was appointed by Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) to the Speaker’s Task Force on Mental Health.
February 1, 2013
This week my official Facebook page launched. I’m excited to use this new avenue to share important stories with my constituents. Visit www.facebook.com/WIRepBallweg and like my page to keep updated with district, state, and legislative news.
January 25, 2013
You may not realize it, but state regulations govern the way we live. There are tens of thousands of regulations in the Wisconsin Administrative Code.
January 18, 2013
Rep. Ballweg joined colleagues from the Assembly and Senate, members of the State Supreme Court and others to hear Governor Walker's plan for the upcoming year.
January 11, 2013
Representative Ballweg was inaugurated on Monday, January 7th to her fifth term as the Assemblywoman from the 41st District. She was joined by her husband Tom, daughter Becky and mother Josephine as she took the oath of office.
January 4, 2013
Snowmobile safety classes will be held at the Princeton Public School in room 205, on January 8, 10, 15 and 17. Class time will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $10 per student.
December 28, 2012
Happy New Year A heartfelt Happy New Year to all the residents of the 41st Assembly District. It is a true honor to represent the people of this hard-working district. Please enjoy the holidays and be safe.
December 14, 2012
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) issued this statement regarding the Wisconsin Legislative Council Special Committee on 911 Communications.
December 7, 2012
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) has been re-appointed as Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Council Committee for the 2013-14 Legislative Session by Assembly Speaker elect Robin Vos.
November 29, 2012
November 21, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving It's that time of year to be thankful for all the blessings in our lives. I am proud to be a resident of the 41st Assembly District and am humbled that you elected me your representative for another 2 years.
November 16, 2012
Hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites eagerly await the arrival of the 2012 9-day gun deer season, which kicks off Nov. 17
November 9, 2012
Why We Celebrate Veterans Day
August 17, 2012
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R-Markesan) will receive the “Friend of Grocers” award from the Wisconsin Grocers Association on Thursday, August 2nd, 2012 at noon at Zinke’s Village Market in Wisconsin Dells.
July 20, 2012
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan) congratulates Moraine Park Technical College in Fond Du Lac for receiving over $700,000 in grant money.
July 13, 2012
Department of Health release a memo this week regarding WI EMS First Responders
June 21, 2012
State Representative Joan Ballweg (R- Markesan) chair of the Committee of Labor and Workforce Development commented on a release by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.