Serving Wisconsin's 2nd Senate District
The banner photo on the top of this E-Newsletter was
taken at the
Family & Childcare Resources of N.E.W.Ďs
Fly a Kite Festival. The annual event was held last
weekend at the Arnie Wolff Soccer Complex in Green Bay.
Wisconsinís first post office was established in Green
Bay in 1821.
Bill Earns Legislative Approval
Since the first credit card skimmer was discovered in
Wisconsin, prosecutors have lacked proper tools to
prosecute criminals who use credit card skimmers. Dozens
of communities have felt the impact of these identity
thieves, and Wisconsinís criminal statutes have lagged
behind. During a regular session of the state Senate on
2017 Senate Bill 133 to combat credit card skimmers
was unanimously approved. One week later, the Assembly overwhelmingly approved the same
With the Governorís signature, law enforcement and
prosecutors will have the penalties they need to stop
criminals before they place credit card skimmers and to
properly punish them for stealing personal information.
I would like to thank my co-author, Representative Summerfield and all of the co-sponsors who
have identified this issue and the ability of this
legislation to protect consumers and punish criminals.
To learn more about the penalties that will be enacted
with this important piece of legislation, click below to
Work Pays Off in Legislative Sessions
Over the past few weeks, some bills Iíve authored or
co-authored have seen a lot of success in working their
way through the legislative process. Iíve listed four
bills that have seen recent success below:
2017 Assembly Bill 226 increases award limits for
replacing contaminated wells and provides local
assistance to replace contaminated wells or failing
septic tanks. AB 226 passed the assembly on a voice
vote, and now is available for scheduling in the Senate.
To learn more about AB 226, watch
this story from
2017 Assembly Bill 348 sets the stage for Wisconsin
to get 5G cell phone reception by establishing
procedures for citing mobile service support structures.
This bill passed the Assembly, and now is available for
scheduling in the Senate.
2017 Assembly Bill 205, which I discussed in the
last E-Newsletter, establishes accountability in the
state procedure for leasing a building by requiring the
Department of Administration to review other
alternatives such as a different space or purchase of a
nearby property. This bill passed the Assembly on a
voice vote, and now heads to the Governor for his
2017 Senate Bill 90 allows auto repair shop staff to
remove and replace Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
stickers. Under current law, removing a VIN sticker is a
crime, but can severely slow the repairs, making it more
difficult to the repair-man or woman and making it more
costly to the consumer. This bill was passed by the
Senate on the 14th and the Assembly on the 21st,
and now goes to the Governor for his signature.
a 'Ruff' Burden on Law Enforcement
On Friday, June 23rd,
2017 Assembly Bill 58 was
signed into law by the Governor during a visit to the
Green Bay Police Department. Previously, the law
required a K-9 officer to receive
three check-ups from a
veterinarian over the
period following a
biting incident and confinement outside of work duties.
AB 58, now referred to as 2017 Act 23, allows for the
K-9 officer to remain at work while the handler monitors
their health and reports any abnormal behavior to the
This legislation allows handlers, not statutes, to be in
charge of care for their K-9 law enforcement partner.
Additionally, by allowing K-9 officers to stay in the
field after a biting event, law enforcement will save
the tax payers money and continue to protect public
safety with one of the best tools available to them.
This bill was supported by a broad coalition of law
enforcement groups, and the Green Bay Police Department
was pivotal in the billís drafting. I would like to
thank my co-author, Representative Jacque, and all of
the co-sponsors for their hard work on this bill.
Bonduel Partners with the UW for a Hands-On
The UWís Energy Institute recently highlighted their
partnership with the Bonduel School District in an
effort to provide a more innovative science education.
As the middle school principal points out, partnerships
like this can enrich the curriculum and encourage
collaboration with neighboring districts. To read more
about this partnership or to watch a video, click on the
Excellence in Northeast Wisconsin
WIAA spring season recently wrapped up, and some local
student-athletes brought gold metals back to the 2nd
Senate District. Congratulations to the Kaukauna High
School softball team who won the Division I State
Championship. Also, a big congratulations to the Freedom
High School boys 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams who were
able to place first with new school records at the
Division II State Championship. Itís great to see such
athletic talent in Northeast Wisconsin!
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Senator Robert Cowles