7/19/2017
Senate Republican Budget Proposal
enate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Finance Co-Chair Alberta Darling, Senate President Roger Roth, Senator Howard Marklein, Senator Devin LeMahieu, Senator Duey Stroebel, Senator Dan Feyen, and Senator Patrick Testin announced the Senate Republican Budget Proposal.
6/19/2017
Fitzgerald, Vos Respond to SCOTUS Decision to Hear Gill v. Whitford
"Wisconsin lawmakers have maintained that our state’s redistricting process and legislative maps are legal and constitutional, and we look forward to the Court’s final decision which we are confident will affirm our position.”
6/6/2017
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to Assembly Education Press Conference
"We will continue to look for ways to support low spending districts, but a proposal that raises property taxes and picks winners and losers within our school districts is a move away from the position of both the Governor and the Senate Republican caucus."
5/2/2017
Senate Advances HOPE Bills, Administrative Rules Changes
“I was thrilled that the Senate had another productive, bipartisan session, during which we tackled a number of important issues facing the state of Wisconsin."
4/25/2017
Spring Office Hours
Don't forget to join us in May for local listening sessions throughout the district.
4/25/2017
Fitzgerald Applauds WHEDA Efforts to Combat Dairy Crisis
Today, Governor Scott Walker announced that the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) will amend the terms of their loan guarantees to dairy farmers and processors in order to provide more favorable repayment and collateral terms to farmers and increased guarantees for producers at lower fees. The improved terms will be effective immediately and are intended to help Wisconsin dairy producers and processors access much-needed capital to address current market conditions.
4/20/2017
State Lawmakers Launch Dialogue with Canada on Dairy Trade
“I am disappointed that the representatives of the Canadian government have not demonstrated the sense of urgency that we in Wisconsin feel about the crisis impacting so many of our local dairy farms. We know how critical this situation is for a huge number of Wisconsin families and we will continue to press the Canadian representatives until we receive a satisfactory explanation for this shift in their trade policy."
4/13/2017
Fitzgerald Responds to Dairy Crisis
“I was shocked to hear that dozens of Wisconsin’s hard working dairy farmers could be forced out of business because of a trade dispute taking place outside our state. This crisis will come as a huge blow not only to these individual farmers, but to our dairy industry, and to Wisconsin as a whole."
4/5/2017
Fitzgerald Responds to WEC Energy Rate Freeze Announcement
Yesterday, WEC Energy Group announced that they have reached a settlement agreement with some of its largest business customers that, if approved by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW), would freeze We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service customer base rates for 2018 and 2019. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement...
4/5/2017
Senate Advances High Capacity Wells Bill
“Wisconsin’s agriculture industry is an 88 billion dollar component of our state’s economy that supports over 400,000 jobs. High capacity wells are integral to these farming operations and legislative action is badly needed in order to provide clarity on this issue."
4/1/2017
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to UW - Oshkosh Allegations
Today the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel released an article detailing new and troubling allegations in the ongoing story of the inappropriate relationship between The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Foundation and Chancellor Richard Wells. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.
3/2/2017
Special Session Assembly Bill 2 Testimony
"Due to the overwhelming success of this approach, Wisconsin’s existing TAD programs have been highly in demand, with grants now helping to support over 50 treatment courts and diversion programs statewide, with some counties or tribes operating multiple programs."
2/8/2017
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to 2017 Budget Address
"While I am thrilled that recent projections have demonstrated that Wisconsin is on strong financial footing going into this budget, I plan to exercise caution in determining how to allocate these resources to ensure that we remain responsible fiscal stewards."
2/8/2017
Senate Continues to Lead on Labor Reforms
“I am thrilled that the Senate has continued to lead on labor reforms in Wisconsin."
1/26/2017
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State Highway Program Audit
"Only with a full and complete picture of the true costs of road projects can we accurately craft a transportation budget that meets Wisconsin’s infrastructure needs while maintaining responsible stewardship of taxpayer dollars."
1/17/2017
Senate Opens Session with Bipartisan Jobs Bill
Today the Wisconsin Senate met for the first floor period of the year and advanced the first legislation of the 2017-18 session. On the day’s calendar was Senate Bill 1, a tax incremental financing provision projected to create more than 100 jobs within Wisconsin.
1/10/2017
Senator Fitzgerald Responds to State of the State Address
Today Governor Walker delivered his 2017 State of the State Address to the Wisconsin Legislature. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement...
12/28/2016
Fitzgerald Announces Committee Structure, Members
Today, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R – Juneau) announced his intention to make the following appointments and changes to the 2017-18 Joint and Senate Standing Committees to reflect changes in Senate membership.
11/10/2016
Senator Fitzgerald Reelected Majority Leader
Today the incumbent and newly elected members of the Wisconsin State Senate Republican caucus met to elect leadership for the upcoming legislative session. This is the seventh time he has been selected to lead the Republican caucus.
10/13/2016
Senate Seeks 2017 Scholars
Applications are now being accepted for 2017 Wisconsin Senate Scholars, an intensive program with a select group of students from throughout the state who are invited to the Capitol for a hands-on learning experience within the State Legislature.
10/12/2016
Senator Fitzgerald Mourns Passing of Senator Gudex
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement regarding the announcement of the passing of 18th District Senator Rick Gudex.
9/19/2016
Wisconsin Needs Voter ID
"From the national level downward, opponents of voter ID have cited ongoing legal battles as a reason to abandon attempts to keep identification requirements in place..."
9/7/2016
Fitzgerald Joins AG Schimel in Announcing TAD Grant Recipients
“Whether combating Wisconsin’s pervasive opiate epidemic or working to get drunk drivers off our roads, we need to tackle the problem of substance abuse at its roots by focusing on treatment,” said Fitzgerald.
8/17/2016
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Dodge County Fair
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Dodge County Fair.
8/12/2016
Wisconsin Legislature Recognized for Democracy Education
Wisconsin Senate Leaders Scott Fitzgerald and Jennifer Shilling today applauded the announcement that the Wisconsin Legislature has been named the recipient of the 2016 Kevin B. Harrington Award for Excellence in Democracy Education.
7/5/2016
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Jefferson County Fair
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Jefferson County Fair.
6/27/2016
Democrats' Red Herring Attack on School Choice
"Yes, you’re reading that right. Less than three percent of total state spending on schools goes to Wisconsin’s choice program—and this figure doesn’t even include federal aid, which only goes to public schools."
6/3/2016
Senator Fitzgerald Applauds Agreement on CVSO
"I look forward to the ongoing dialogue between these parties to ensure that we continue to best serve those who have served our country.”
5/31/2016
Kick Off Summer Tourism in Wisconsin’s Outdoors
This weekend only, residents and visitors alike can enjoy some of Wisconsin’s most popular outdoor activities and take in some of the state’s greatest scenic areas, all absolutely free!
5/23/2016
This Memorial Day, Don’t Forget to Remember
While Memorial Day today has become synonymous with a long weekend, cookouts, parades and local fairs, it is important to remember the reason that we all come together to celebrate on the last weekend in May.
4/29/2016
Legislative Republicans Combat Drunk Driving
This week, Governor Walker signed Assembly Bill (AB) 657 and AB 455, two measures advanced by Legislative Republicans to help combat drunk driving in Wisconsin. This session, Republicans focused on long term solutions to our state’s OWI problem, advancing proposals to increase funding for treatment and stiffen penalties for repeat offenders.
4/28/2016
Fitzgerald, Jagler Announce Study Committee on Rural Fire Fighters, Emergency Responders
Senator Scott Fitzgerald and Representative John Jagler announced the recent approval of a Legislative Council Study Committee to examine rural and volunteer fire fighters and emergency response personnel.
4/13/2016
Fitzgerald Praises Arena Lease Agreement
Fitzgerald Praises Arena Lease Agreement [Madison, WI] Wednesday morning, the Wisconsin Center District Board (WCDB) announced an agreement with the Milwaukee Bucks organization on the lease terms and key provisions for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee.
3/15/2016
Senate Increases Treatment and Diversion Funding
During a lengthy Tuesday session, the Wisconsin Senate voted unanimously to advance Assembly Bill 657, a proposal which increases funding for state Treatment and Diversion (TAD) programs by $2 million each fiscal year.
3/14/2016
Senator Fitzgerald Issues Statement on AB 251
In response to multiple inquiries as to why Assembly Bill 251 was not placed on the Senate Calendar for March 15, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement.
3/8/2016
Fitzgerald Issues Request for Records to County, City of Madison
Late yesterday, Senator Scott Fitzgerald issued formal requests to Madison Mayor Soglin and County Executive Parisi for all records, documents, or other communications with or regarding any Kraft, Heinz, or Kraft-Heinz business.
2/16/2016
Senate Advances Double Dipping Bill in Bipartisan Vote
Today, the Wisconsin Senate advanced an amended version of Senate Bill 707, a proposal which prohibits a legislator from concurrently holding office as county executive.
2/9/2016
Wisconsin Senate Approves “Safe at Home”
Early in a lengthy session calendar, the Wisconsin Senate approved Senate Bill 488, a bipartisan measure that creates an address confidentiality program within the Department of Justice.
1/20/2016
Bipartisan effort aims to protect survivors of domestic abuse, stalking, and human trafficking
A bipartisan group of nineteen Senators and forty-one Representatives who have introduced legislation to strengthen privacy rights and improve public safety.
1/19/2016
Response to State of the State Address
“I am thrilled to see Governor Walker continuing to present bold ideas for the State of Wisconsin."
1/15/2016
Legislative Leaders Seek Ethics, Election Commission Applicants
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald are seeking applications for their individual appointments to the newly created Ethics Commission and Elections Commission.
1/12/2016
Senate Begins 2016 with Bipartisan Session
Today the Wisconsin Senate met for the first time this year to debate a number of bills with support from both sides of the aisle. Five joint resolutions, fifteen Senate Bills, and three Assembly Bills were passed, all with bipartisan support.
12/3/2015
Fitzgerald Congratulates Hunters on Another Safe, Successful Season
One of Wisconsin’s finest outdoor traditions continued this year as hunters took to the woods for another successful gun deer season. Both experienced sportsmen and 23,870 first-time hunters participated in this year’s season.
11/13/2015
Senate Seeks Scholars for Annual Program
Each year, the Wisconsin Senate conducts an intensive program with a select group of students from throughout the state who are invited to the Capitol for a hands-on learning experience within the State Legislature.
11/7/2015
Fitzgerald Statement on Senate Passage of Campaign Finance Legislation
Today the Wisconsin Senate in extraordinary session passed an amended version of Assembly Bill 387 (Senate Bill 292) rewriting Wisconsin’s antiquated campaign finance statutes.
11/6/2015
Fitzgerald Statement on Senate Passage of GAB Overhaul
Today in an extraordinary session, the Wisconsin Senate passed an amended version of Assembly Bill 388 (Senate Bill 294) to overhaul the state Government Accountability Board (GAB).
9/22/2015
Fitzgerald Statement on Passing of Justice Crooks
“My thoughts and prayers are with the family and loved ones of Justice Crooks at this difficult time."
9/15/2015
Fall Hunters’ Safety Tips
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a variety of resources available for seasoned and aspiring hunters alike to ensure that all of Wisconsin’s sportsmen have safe and memorable hunts this fall.
9/11/2015
Legislative Leaders’ Joint Statement on John Doe Reform
Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement announcing that both chambers will schedule a vote in October on the John Doe reform bill (Assembly Bill 68/Senate Bill 43).
8/25/2015
Improving Students’ Mental Health This School Year
This year, 30 Wisconsin schools will see an addition to the annual curriculum with the launch of the Wisconsin School Mental Health Project, a five-year program aimed at improving Wisconsin students’ emotional well-being and mental health.
8/17/2015
Fitzgerald Announces Office Hours at Dodge County Fair
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) announced the following upcoming district office hours for constituents of the 13th Senate District, located at the Dodge County Fair.
8/11/2015
Joint Statement on Placement of Jonathan Miller
Representative Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam) and Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement after Judge Pfitzinger’s decision.
7/28/2015
Milwaukee Arena Deal Saves Bucks for Wisconsin
"I believe that the resulting proposal is a good deal for the city of Milwaukee and a good deal for the State of Wisconsin."
7/20/2015
Statement on Placement of Robert Larson
“We were pleased to learn today that the supervised release placement of Mr. Larson has been rescinded."
7/15/2015
Wisconsin Senate Passes Amended Arena Proposal
Today the Wisconsin State Senate approved bipartisan legislation providing public financing for portions of a new arena development project in the City of Milwaukee
7/10/2015
Public Input Crucial to Budget Passage
The extensive public input we received played a significant role in shaping the document that we sent to the Governor’s desk.
7/7/2015
Wisconsin Senate Passes 2015-17 Biennial Budget
“Today the Wisconsin Senate advanced a bill that I believe our members can be proud of. While there is no doubt that this was a difficult budget, it was also a responsible one."
6/29/2015
Legislative Republicans Release Arena Proposal Language
This afternoon, legislative Republicans released the language of a financing proposal for a new sports arena and entertainment venue for the City of Milwaukee. Senator Scott Fitzgerald released the following statement:
6/9/2015
Wisconsin Senate Advances Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
Today, the Wisconsin Senate voted to advance Senate Bill 179, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act after the bill’s passage was recommended by the Committee on Health and Human Services last week.
5/28/2015
Sen. Fitzgerald, Rep. Born Call for Legal Action to Revisit Sex Offender Placement
Late Wednesday, a Dodge County community notification meeting was held regarding the upcoming release of two sex offenders in the Town of Leroy. The release is scheduled to go forward no later than June 1, 2015.
5/22/2015
Wisconsin’s Biennial Budget Process
Each year, about 1,600 bills are introduced in the Wisconsin Legislature. But there is only one bill that we as legislators are required by law to pass: the Biennial State Budget.
5/15/2015
Fitzgerald Responds to Proposed WEDC Changes
This afternoon, Governor Walker announced several proposed administrative changes to the WEDC including a move shifting funding for loan programs into performance-based tax incentives, and placing funding priority on education and worker training.
5/8/2015
Fitzgerald Responds to State Agency Proposal Changes
This morning, in response to concerns raised by stakeholders, Governor Walker publicly withdrew his support for a plan previously contained in the administration’s proposed biennial budget which would have implemented the merger of several state agencies.
5/7/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Applauds Wisconsin’s Improved Business Outlook
Today, Chief Executive Magazine released their annual list of the Best and Worst States for Business. The list placed Wisconsin at twelfth, an improvement of two spots from the previous year and a jump of twenty-nine spots from 2010.
5/6/2015
Senate Sends Motorcycle Lighting Bill to Governor
Today the Wisconsin Senate passed Assembly Bill 100, permitting users to equip a motorcycle with a lighting device that illuminates the ground directly beneath the motorcycle with a color other than red, blue, or amber.
4/21/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Welcomes Senator Stroebel
Filling the open 20th District seat vacated by U.S. Representative Glenn Grothman after his successful congressional bid, Senator-elect Duey Stroebel was inaugurated during today’s Senate session. Senator Fitzgerald released the following statement...
4/8/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Reacts to Arena Package Announcement
Earlier today, the Milwaukee Bucks organization unveiled proposed designs for an arena package to be constructed in the city’s Park East corridor.
4/3/2015
Fitzgerald Launches New Senate Republicans Website
This afternoon, Senator Fitzgerald announced the launch of a new caucus website to provide members of the public with regular updates on the work that Republican Senators are doing in the state legislature
3/23/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Statement on Voter ID Victory
This morning, the U.S. Supreme court refused to hear a challenge to Wisconsin’s Voter ID law, clearing the way for the law to be implemented for future elections.
3/17/2015
Wisconsin Senate Passes Public Safety Legislation
Today the Wisconsin Senate approved several measures that increase state support and public awareness for crucial public safety issues.
2/25/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Statement on Passage of Senate Bill 44
This evening, the Wisconsin Senate passed Senate Bill 44, proposed legislation to implement Right to Work law in Wisconsin. Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) released the following statement:
2/24/2015
Senator Fitzgerald Testimony to Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform
Senator Fitzgerald provided the following testimony before the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform:
2/17/2015
Raising the Gas Tax a Nonstarter for Wisconsin Families
Though we are still in the early stages of reviewing the specifics of the proposal, it is clear that one of the largest challenges of this budget process will be meeting the state’s transportation funding needs.
1/29/2015
Fitzgerald Responds to Overwhelming Support for Workplace Freedom
Earlier today, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce released the findings of a poll conducted by The Tarrance Group which revealed that 69% of Wisconsin voters and 51% of union households support right to work legislation.
1/5/2015
Fitzgerald Welcomes the Members of the 102nd Wisconsin State Senate
Today marked the first session day of the 102nd session of the Wisconsin State Senate and the swearing in of new and returning members. Senator Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) delivered the following remarks for the proceedings.