Official Government Communication

Dear Friend,

Welcome to my email newsletter. 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 is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,

      

Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

April 14th begins the rule of 50

In an effort to ensure public resources are not being used for election purposes, Wisconsinís clean government law prohibits sending mass emails or promotions out of the legislative office beginning April 15th through Election Day. As someone running for reelection, this law means this weekly e-Updates will be back in your in-box after the November election. However, you know me. I won't stop working for nothing. So, you can still find me online! If you haven't followed me yet on social media, here's your chance!          Facebook              Twitter                 Instagram

Walker Signs Victim Notification of Revocation

This week, Governor Scott Walker signed my Victim Notification of Revocation Act into law. The new law will require the Department of Corrections to notify victims of a crime if their violatorís probation or parole is revoked. Current law allows crime victims to be notified when their offender is released on probation or parole, but does not permit them the peace of mind to know if the offender is sent back to prison. Far too many victims experience emotional trauma when their victimizer is released from prison. Victims deserve to know if their victimizer is sent back to prison and I am glad that this law will now allow that. In 2012, there were 15,969 violent crimes reported in Wisconsin, including murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery. There were another 139,102 property crimes reported in 2012 in Wisconsin, including theft, burglary and arson. Itís hard to imagine the emotional trauma suffered by victims until you become one.

Tragic shootings take lives of Milwaukee teens

In two separate incidents since Saturday, FIVE teenagers in our community were shot, two of whom were killed. It is with a heavy heart that I mourn the loss of these youth in our community to yet another senseless act of gun violence just blocks from my home. There's no doubt we can't ignore the "guns" in gun violence and we need to keep guns out of the hands of those who shouldn't have them. But we also need to get smart on violence. Violence comes from hopelessness. We need give our people hope, and that starts with a J-O-B, an education, stable housing, health care and three square meals a day. If you have any tips that can help catch those responsible for these or any violent crimes, you can always anonymously call the Milwaukee Police Department's tip line at 414-933-4444 or contact them online here.   

Voter ID back in the spotlight

Wisconsin's strict Voter ID law caused problems last week at the polls. After the state's computers crashed causing the DMV not to be able to issue ID's for two hours on the Friday before the election, people had trouble getting a photo ID in order to vote. Others had problems obtaining ID's for several other reasons. Did you have trouble voting? The League of Women Voters is tracking information via an online survey. Earlier this week, a federal appeals court ruled a court challenge filed on behalf of people who can demonstrate they had a difficult time obtaining an ID can proceed. While that is good news for some voters, it doesn't change the fact that voting is a right that should not be abridged by voter ID or any other voter suppression efforts.

 

 

 

Stay in touch:

    Sen.Taylor@legis.wi.gov

    Milwaukee:  414-342-7176

    Madison:     608-266-5810

 

   

Volunteers needed:

Join me in a great opportunity to give back to your community and celebrate Earth Day on Saturday April 23, 2016 at the 2016 Annual Spring River Clean-up! There are four different locations: Havenwoodís State Forest, Lincoln Park on the water, Lincoln Park on land and Lincoln Creek.

Volunteer check-in is from 8:30-9:00am and clean-up will go until about noon.

Please wear closed toed shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. You may also want to bring a reusable water bottle for your use.

They will provide you with gloves and garbage bags, a FREE T-Shirt and food after the clean-up! For Lincoln Park "on the water" cleanup, a canoe and pre-registration is required. The other three locations will be on land and no pre-registration is required.

For more information visit milwaukeeriverkeeper.org or call (414) 287-0207.

 

 Quote of the Week:

"Death is not extinguishing the light; it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come."

-- Rabindranath Tagore --

This is an official government communication from Sen. Lena C. Taylor. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, click here to send me an email to unsubscribe.