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Dear Neighbor,

I am honored to represent you in the state capitol. Below, you will find updates from the capitol and around western Wisconsin. Please feel free to reach out to me with your legislative and state agency concerns. 

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I ask that you help share this newsletter with your friends and family. An informed community is a strong community, and I appreciate the opportunity to discuss our communities' concerns. 




- Sen. Patty Schachtner

Getting Things Done

While the media portrays an image of divisiveness and partisan bickering, a vast majority of the legislation we pass in the Wisconsin Legislature is bipartisan. In recent sessions, as much as 93% of bills passed in a single session have had bipartisan support. I can say that’s true of the legislation I have worked on as well.

Just last week, I was happy to see so many of my bills pass with bipartisan votes and authors. For example, I joined Senator Robert Cowles in introducing Senate Bill 200 to establish timelines and protocol to prevent a future backlog of testing sexual assault kits. I also worked with Senator Alberta Darling in drafting Senate Bill 332, which will create a Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tracking system, providing more transparency in the process. For both of these bills, we worked closely with Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul. Both bills passed with bipartisan votes as well.

I have also worked alongside Senator Jerry Petrowski in writing Senate Bill 392 to provide funding for regional mental health crisis stabilization facilities to support law enforcement as they respond to people experiencing a mental health crisis. I then signed on to Senator Kathleen Bernier’s legislation to expand hospital bed capacity in western Wisconsin for mental health treatment. I believe addressing our area’s mental health crisis will require a both-and approach and I am happy to support Senator Bernier’s efforts. In addition to these critical mental health bills, I have authored many more bipartisan bills that I hope we will have the opportunity to pass this November.

Read more from my weekly column on this topic here.  


Law Enforcement Survivor Benefits

I was proud to co-author Senate Bill 266 to guarantee health insurance coverage for immediate survivors of law enforcement officers killed on the job.  Last week, this legislation passed the Senate unanimously and was then signed into law by Governor Tony Evers.

After a decade of work, it’s beyond time that we extend these protections already offered to the families of Wisconsin firefighters to our law enforcement officials. The families of fallen officers deserve support and peace of mind in the face of tragedy, and this law will ensure that they receive the continuing health insurance coverage their spouse had earned.


Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that children living in 4 million households across the US are being exposed to high levels of lead.  According to the National Safety Council, the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning often don't appear until dangerous amounts of lead have accumulated. Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, the ability to pay attention, and academic achievement.

Lead can be found in including the air, soil, water and areas inside our homes. Lead has been used in a large variety of products including paint, ceramics, batteries and plumbing materials. In homes built before 1978, children may be exposed to lead-based paint. Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations or work in auto repair shops also may be exposed to lead.

There is no safe blood level of lead, so it is important to take steps to prevent exposure to lead. Review your home for sources of lead in your drinking water and find more information on lead poisoning prevention here.


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Science Olympiad

The Wisconsin Science Olympiad is driven by its mission to promote STEM education for kids throughout Wisconsin through exciting and challenging tournament competitions. This great program is part of a national network that has supported student learning, engagement, and innovation.

That is why I am proud to be authoring bipartisan legislation, Senate Bill 459, to support this critical program. This bill will provide matching grant funding for teams of students from 6th through 12th grade in Wisconsin that want to compete, like our students in Hudson, Menomonie, Boyceville, and others. This is a great way to further their love of learning and fuel the next generation of scientists, mathematicians, and engineers!


Blue Books are In!

The 2019-2020 Blue Books are in! Our Blue Books are Wisconsin’s repository for all the information about our government, the legislative process, and pictures and biographies of current state elected officials. My office is happy to send them free of charge to residents of the 10th Senate District! All you need to do is fill out a form on my website and we will send you a copy.

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District Events

CVTC River Falls Open House

Tuesday, October 22nd; 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

CVTC River Falls Campus

1616 Crest View Dr.

River Falls

We’re here to help you with a career shift. Don’t just take our word for it–explore programs, meet instructors, and check out our renovated campus at the upcoming River Falls Open House. Pre-register to receive a gift upon arrival.

By listening to local employers and the community, we discover where the demand is; then create programs to meet those needs. A career shift can be intimidating, and that’s why we’re here to give you resources, practical experience, and some well-deserved encouragement that it IS possible to turn a dream job into your day job.


Haunted Hayride

Saturday, October 26th; 6 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Somerset Village Park

120 River St.


Come early for some food and warm drinks at family friendly prices. Hayride will be approximately 20 minutes long with scary actors at various scenes and roaming the trail. No guests will be touched by the actors but be prepared to be "spooked", "shocked", "startled", and "frightened".

$5 per Ride | $10 / per Family
All ages welcome; suggested age is 6+ years old.


Our Neighbors' Place 10 Year Celebration

Saturday, October 26th; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

American Legion Post 121

701 N Main St.

River Falls

Join us for appetizers, live music, 50/50 raffle, cake, and fundraising games with great prizes! Everyone is welcome - please RSVP to this event so we can plan for accurate numbers. We will have info on ONP programs and history - and want to thank everyone who has helped us throughout the years.

Please help us spread the word and share this invite with anyone who has volunteered, donated, or supported Our Neighbors' Place from 2009 - now.


Willow River State Park Halloween Bash

Saturday, October 26th; 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Willow River State Park

1034 County Road A


Fun for the entire family! Come to the Nature Center and experience a fun and spooky evening. The event is free and there will be games, crafts, snacks, storytelling, and more for the family to enjoy. State Park sticker required.


Make Music Wisconsin Informational Meeting

Monday, October 28th; 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

In a New Light Gallery

7417 N. Bass Lake Road



Arts Wisconsin is teaming up with Make Music Day, a worldwide celebration of music, to get people, organizations, businesses and communities throughout Wisconsin interested and involved in music and community, and to promote Make Music Day in Wisconsin as an annual event.  

Aaron Friedman, Director of Make Music Day, will be traveling around Wisconsin October 26-30, 2019, to promote Wisconsin's participation statewide in Make Music Day. The next Make Music Day will happen worldwide on Sunday, June 21, 2020.  

Everyone interested in learning more about and participating in Make Music Wisconsin is invited to a community meeting with Aaron Friedman of Make Music Day and Anne Katz of Arts Wisconsin happening across Wisconsin Saturday, October 26 through Tuesday, October 29.  All are free and open to the public.


The Brain Chemistry of Addiction and Trauma

Monday, October 28th; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, October 29th; 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dunn County Judicial Center

Room 1402

 Join us as we welcome Carol Ackley to Dunn County. Carol has worked in the substance abuse field for over 25 years as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor in the state of Minnesota. She is a national speaker on multiple issues relating to substance abuse.


Crex Howl-O-Ween Event

Thursday, October 31st; 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, November 1st; 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area

102 E. Crex Ave.


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