Check out my latest legislation that is headed to the Governor's desk and what we're working on to stop CWD.

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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

Interstate Medical Licensure Heads to Governor

Last week, bipartisan legislation that I authored passed the Assembly and will now head to the Governor’s desk. This legislation will keep Wisconsin in the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact to help expedite licensing for physicians that want to practice in multiple states.

Particularly in our part of the state, this interstate compact is critical to ensuring that the people of Northwestern Wisconsin will have access to enough physicians and healthcare professionals for their healthcare needs. This bill will support physicians that want to come practice in Wisconsin from Minnesota or other states. It’s about providing access to quality care.
With the Governor’s signature, this legislation will bring certainty and stability to our healthcare providers as well as the patient population of border communities in our state. 

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Rural Healthcare Bills Passed

I co-sponsored several pieces of legislation that passed the Senate last week including Senate Bill 380 and Senate Bill 465.

Senate Bill 380 will make sure that telehealth is covered under Medicaid so that those important services rendered from afar are treated the same as in-person services. This critical piece of legislation will also allow Medicaid to reimburse for home or community-based care.

The Next Generation 9-1-1 legislation will allow for development of a grant program that can support our local municipalities in their efforts to improve 9-1-1 system interoperability, response times and location data, and provide better overall service to citizens. Senate Bill 465 will allow the Department of Military Affairs to utilize $3 million in federal funding that they have already received for this purpose.

These bills are critical to supporting our law enforcement and ensuring that all of our neighbors can access the healthcare and the EMS services they need. I’m committed to continuing to fight alongside the people of our communities to get the resources we need to build up our infrastructure and ensure public safety.


Preventing the Spread of CWD

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Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a neurological disease that is 100% fatal to deer and in Wisconsin the prevalence and geographic distribution of this disease has been increasing dramatically. Yet, a recent Marquette poll showed that most Wisconsinites don’t think it’s been spreading. Hunting is a part of our heritage and we have to do more to raise awareness of this issue and protect our deer population for future generations.

I’m co-sponsoring legislation to do just that.

Senate Bill 474 will provide funding for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Adopt-a-Kiosk program through which hunters may drop off deer carcass samples for testing at a conveniently located kiosk. The DNR estimates that they will collect at least 21,000 samples across Wisconsin this year, an 18% increase from last year. Our sporting groups and hunters shouldn’t have to cover the entire cost of these kiosks. A cost-sharing option like the Adopt-a-Kiosk program is an important first step. Senate Bill 473 will provide $1 million in GPR annually to the DNR for testing, research, and management of CWD in Wisconsin.

You can find your nearest CWD testing station here.

Recognizing Our Veterans

Our veterans have served with honor and integrity to protect our nation’s values at home and across the globe. They serve with no guarantees of accolades, grand achievements, or even a guarantee that they will return home safely. They are aware of all the risks, but they serve our country anyway.

There are thousands of veterans around this state and this country that were called to extraordinary service from ordinary circumstances. They were called to join a brotherhood and sisterhood of honor.

I’m a proud Mom of two members of that brotherhood. My son Travis is a veteran of the Naval Forces while my son Dylan is active-duty. I’ve watched their commitment and dedication over many years. Their sacrifices are humbling. Like those made by Dylan, who has not been able to live with his wife and his young son all the while he has served.

We often take our time with loved ones, our safe communities, and other liberties for granted. Those freedoms are supported on the backs of so few. The time lost between Dylan and his son can never be replaced but it is through their service that the rest of us can be free.

That is the lesson of Veterans Day. No matter which branch, what job, or how many years of service, our veterans, active-duty, guardsman, and reservists are the ones that keep our country safe. The time spent away from family and the risks taken by our service-members every day are some of the costs they bear. Our freedom isn’t free.

So on Veterans Day, reflect on the service of those that came before us as well as those that are standing guard all across the globe. Remember our heroes.


District Events


Burnett Dairy Ladies Days Out

November 22nd; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

November 23rd; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Burnett Dairy Cooperative

11631 State Road 70


Join us for our annual Ladies Days Out celebration (men and children welcome, too!). Held on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd, this two-day event features an array of cheese and gourmet food samples, holiday recipes, entertaining ideas, discounts, and door prizes. Buy 5 lbs of Cheese, get a free pound of butter (one butter per family per day). NEW this year is a 25 percent off sale on all kitchen and gift items! Browse at your leisure, enjoy the holiday music, and sip, savor and shop at the Burnett Dairy Cheese Store. We hope you can join us!


40th Annual FBLA Craft Fair

Saturday, November 23rd; 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

River Falls High School

852 E Division St.

River Falls

With over 70 vendors, sales of handmade crafts, jewelry, decorations, and so much more will be out for sale! We also have River Falls High School clubs showing the community what they have been up to! There will be childcare held from 9am-12pm, and concessions all day.


Citizen’s Police Academy

Tuesday, November 26th; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Hudson Police Department

101 Vine St.


The Hudson Police Department is excited to announce that we will be starting the Citizen Police Academy 2019 on October 1st.  Registration will be due September 20, 2019. Classes will run each Tuesday evening from 6pm to 9pm starting October 1, through November 26, 2019. During this time you will learn about the history of law enforcement, history of Hudson PD, emergency vehicle operations/traffic stops, OWI enforcement, crime scene investigations, K9/drug interdiction, defense and arrest tactics, and other use of force options by utilizing a simulator and Taser demonstrations.


Parade of Lights & Light Up The Town

Tuesday, November 26th; 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.


Parade of Lights at 6pm Harriman Avenue. Line-up starts at Soldier's Field and will proceed north to Soo Line Park. Light Up The Town at Soo Line Park immediately following the Parade of Lights.

Chili Feed at Amery Fire Department 5pm-8pm. Pictures with Santa Claus 4:30pm-7pm at Soo Line Park by Cahill Photography. Receive a complimentary 4x6 photo with the donation of a non-perishable food item for the Amery Food Shelf. Bonfire on Keller Avenue south of the Amery Fire Hall after the lighting ceremony. Toys for Tots kickoff at the Amery Fire Hall.


River Dazzle 2019

Friday, November 29th; 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Downtown River Falls

Celebrate the start of the holiday season in River Falls! Join us from 1:00 - 7:00p on November 29th to take part in a variety of free activities for the whole family. Enjoy the annual Chili Crawl, visit Santa and Mrs. Claus, and watch the town light up with the dazzling lighted parade. Plus so much more!

Find the full schedule of events here.


Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 30th; 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Downtown Menomonie

Join us in Downtown Menomonie and celebrate Small Business Saturday.  Use #shopsmall to promote this event and your favorite local businesses in the area.