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Contents

Extreme Risk Protection Order Interview

Women in Politics Panel

Judiciary and Public Safety Executive Session

Hunger Task Force Meeting

City Champs Safe Summer Throwdown

World Climate Strikes

Community Action Alerts

Events

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there's anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

 

In Service,

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Senator Lena Taylor

Wisconsin's 4th Senate District

 

Madison Office: (608)-266-5810

Milwaukee Office: (414)-342-7176

    
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Extreme Risk Protection Order Interview

Senator Taylor sat down with Fox 6 News, this week, to discuss the Extreme Risk Protection Orders bill she introduced with Rep. Melissa Sargent (D-Madison). The bill would a allow a family member or police to ask a court to temporarily remove a firearm from an individual  seen as a danger to themselves or others.  Understanding the concern for both 2nd & 4th Amendment rights, Taylor sought to reassure residents that the bill is not a “conspiracy to take an individual’s guns away.”  Instead, it is designed to reduce or minimize the loss of life due to gun violence.  Those closest to someone in crisis are often the first to notice warning signs or “red flags” of potential dangerous behavior.  Legislators have been repeatedly asked to do something about the escalation in gun related deaths and mass shootings.  Senator Taylor believes this bill is a sensible start towards doing something to save lives.

    
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Women in Politics Panel

Alongside several community members and groups, Senator Taylor attended the Women in Politics event on Tuesday.  Taylor welcomed attendees to the event and share her journey and experience as a woman in politics.  Taylor discussed the speedbumps and experiences unique to women in a relatively male-dominated profession.  She was proud to stand among so many accomplished women.  Taylor reminded attendees of the women who had carved a pathway for them and said she was excited to see what the next crop of women in politics would do to continue to shatter glass ceilings, create access and bring equity to all professions for women.

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Judiciary and Public Safety Executive Session

Senator Taylor attended an Executive Session for the Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety midweek.  The Committee voted on several pieces of legislation, including Senator’s Taylor’s bill, SB 104, which would make sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and a person in their custody a felony.  Under current law there is no prohibition against sexual contact between a law enforcement officer and someone under their custody, so this is a big step forward for protecting people under custody. The bill passed unanimously in the executive session and the assembly companion bill as cleared committee, as well.  The next phase consists of a vote from both full houses of the legislature.  Among the other legislation discussed at the Executive Session were bills relating to operating vehicles while intoxicated. These bills would increase penalties for repeat offenders to make Wisconsin’s roads and trails safer.

     
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Hunger Task Force Meeting

The Hunger Task Force is a free and local food bank located in Milwaukee with a simple belief: Everyone has the right to food, and nobody should suffer from malnutrition or hunger, regardless of their situation.  Senator Taylor sat down for a conversation with the Hunger Task Force’s leadership team to find out how she, as a legislator, can help them meet their goals.  Founded in 1974 by a group of parent advocates, one of the Hunger Task Force’s first goals was establishing universal school breakfast in Milwaukee Public Schools.  Since then, they’ve worked with over 16,000 volunteers to drive community action and help everyone access nutritious, locally sourced food.  To donate or volunteer with the Hunger Task Force, click here.

   
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City Champs Safe Summer Throwdown

This weekend Senator Taylor will being attending the City Champs Safe Summer Thrown Down. The City Champs foundation’s mission is to provide martial arts and boxing classes at no cost to build confidence and persistence in people who in turn can use these skills to find success and inspire others along the way.  At the event there will be a variety of classes such as self-defense, martial arts, boxing, jiu jitsu as well as a barbecue.  There will also be free intro classes for ages 8 and up.  The event will run from 10am-12pm on September 28th.  For more information or to register for the event, click here. 

    
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World Climate Strikes 

The week of September 20th-27th global climate strikes occurred in more than 150 countries around the world.  People are stepping up and supporting young climate strikers and demanding an end to the age of fossil fuels.  Last Friday, youth from across the state gathered at the State Capitol and in downtown Milwaukee for Wisconsin’s own climate strike. Demanding that the governor declare a state of climate emergency and calling on the energy provider Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) to transition to 100% clean energy by 2030.  As a legislator, Senator Taylor promotes a shared vision for change, accountability, and coordination within community hubs, namely through her LOVE & FAITH Initiative.  The “E” within L.O.V.E & F.A.I.T.H stands for environment and is a guiding belief in the need to improve and protect  social and physical environments. Although Senator Taylor was out of town during the climate strikes, her staff was thrilled to attend and partake in such an inspiring event.  The Senator looks forward to elevating the voices of Wisconsin’s young people in any way possible, and encourages all those with bold, new ideas, to contact her office. 

 

Community Action Alerts

Water Meter Replacement Program

The Milwaukee Water Works is replacing residential water meters in Milwaukee, Greenfield, Hales Corners, St. Francis, and West Milwaukee during the next several years

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin requires utilities to make sure meters are working properly and producing accurate readings for billing. We are currently replacing meters for residential and small business customers as their working life and battery power run out.

The replacement affects single family homes and dwellings of four and fewer units, and small businesses in Milwaukee, Greenfield, Hales Corners, St. Francis, and West Milwaukee. These communities are retail customers of the utility and for whom we provide water, system maintenance, and billing.

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Scam Artists: Be Aware of Impostors Posing as Utility Employees

Per the City of Milwaukee: We frequently hear from customers who say men and women posing as water utility employees have asked to check on a water meter, have offered a rebate, or have said they need to check on something in the house. But Milwaukee Water Works service calls are arranged and scheduled in advance. There may be a cold-call without an appointment for a meter exchange, but then the utility employee would arrive in a City of Milwaukee marked vehicle and present identification before asking to enter a building or home.

Milwaukee Water Works employees always show an identification card with their photo when approaching a customer for business.

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You Are Not Required to Purchase Water or Sewer Line Insurance

A company named Service Line Warranties of America (SLWA) is mailing a series of letters to property owners in our area demanding a response within 30 days as it tries to sell "water service line insurance." The City of Milwaukee does not require or endorse this type of product.

Here are the first letter and followup letter, and the brochure SLWA mailed in August 2018. SLWA mailed the second of a three-part mailing in November 2018 and plans another in February 2019 selling insurance for sewer laterals.

The water service line connects the water main in the street to your property. A sewer lateral pipe connects the large collector sewer in the street to your property. The section of the water service line and the section of the sewer lateral connected at your property belong to the property owner. Repair and maintenance of both are the responsibility of the property owner.

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Upcoming Events  

City Champs Foundation Safe Summer Throwdown

Saturday, September 28th, 10:00am-4:00pm

Six Point Boxing & Primal MKE

2050 & 2028 S 55th St, West Allis, WI 53214

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LUNGFORCE Walk

Sunday, September 29th, at 8:00am

Milwaukee County Zoo

10001 West Blue Mound Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226

For More Information 

 

Harvest Fair

September 27th-29th, Friday 5:00pm-11:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-11:00pm, and Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Wisconsin State Fair Park

640 S. 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

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Walker's Point 5th Street Fest

Saturday, September 28th 12:00pm-10:30pm

Walker's Point Neighborhood 

630 S. 5th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53204

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"I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is."- Greta Thunberg on Climate Change & the Need for Action