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This week, the State Senate was in session. During this time,
three bills that I am supportive of were passed in the Senate:
Senate Bill 15 – Manufacturing Products with Microbeads
bill generally prohibits, with certain exceptions, the
manufacture of a personal care product containing microbeads
(small, non−biodegradable plastic particles) beginning December
Under this bill, a person may not manufacture a personal care
product that is an over−the−counter drug containing microbeads
beginning December 31, 2018, and may not accept such a product
for sale beginning December 31, 2019.
Plastic microbeads have absorptive capacity allowing them to act
like sponges saturated with harmful chemicals like PCB’s and
other known carcinogens. Fish often mistake these polluted beads
as food and chemicals can bio-accumulate causing human health
concerns. Alternatives to microbeads include apricot or pecan
shell pieces, oatmeal and other biodegradable ingredients.
This bill would affect things that many of you use on a daily
basis, such as, hand soaps and facial washes. This legislation
Assembly Bill 11 – Newspaper Recycling Fees
current law, a newspaper publisher is required to pay a
newspaper recycling fee based on the cost of newspaper used to
print the newspaper, unless at least 33 percent of the fiber of
the newsprint is delivered from post consumer waste.
At the time this requirement was put into place, 35% of the old
newsprint was being recycled. Today over 73% of old newspapers
are recovered and recycled. The demand for old newspapers in
other products is so great that newspaper publishers have
difficulty getting the required 33% under current law. Many of
the publishers are having to import old newspapers from places
like Texas in order to meet the requirement.
Current law only applies to Wisconsin-based publishers, putting
Wisconsin publishers at an economic disadvantage compared to
publishers located outside the state, many of whom publish
Wisconsin papers. A newspaper published in Platteville pays the
fee, but a Dubuque, Iowa publisher that sells newspapers in
Platteville does not pay the fee.
This bill eliminates the newspaper recycling fee and the minimum
percentage of post consumer waste content in newsprint. This
legislation passed unanimously.
An Evolving Legislature
The Wisconsin state senate is the “oldest” since at least 1943.
The average age of senators in the new session is 57, with a
range from 34 to 87. Only three senators are under 40, while 15
are 60 or over. The average age of state representatives is 48
years old, with a range of 24 to76.
The election of Senator Mary Lazich as Senate President in 2015
marks the first time a woman has served as presiding officer of
either house. Currently, a total of 33 women are serving in the
Wisconsin legislature: 11 in the senate and 22 in the assembly.
The 11 female senators is the most in history, matching previous
peaks in 1999 and 2001. The largest number of female
representatives was 33 in 1989.
Through history, 132 women have held seats in the state
legislature. The number peaked at 37 in 1989 and 2003.
(Legislative Reference Bureau).
I look forward to continuing to work with all of my Senate
colleagues this session!
In the District
Job Shadow for the Day
On Tuesday, Elyssa Vondra, a junior at Platteville High School
came to my Capitol office for the day to get a feel for what a
day in the Senator’s shoes felt like. Elyssa was able to sit in
on some meetings that I had throughout the day and she was also
able to observe the Senate session and see how that process
works. To close out her day at the Capitol, she took a Capitol
Tour and got some history on the building. Thanks for coming,
Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing in the 17th Senate
Reminder: On Thursday, March 26 from 9:30am-4:00pm,
the Joint Finance Committee will be holding its final public
hearing at Reedsburg High School. We are fortunate to have a
wonderful facility at the CAL center at Reedsburg High School.
This is a perfect venue for one of the four statewide public
High School Basketball
Congratulations to the Mineral Point and Hillsboro High
School Basketball teams who won tight games Thursday night to
continue on in the WIAA State Basketball Tournament. The
third-ranked Pointers (27-0) will take on three-time defending
state champion and second-ranked Dominican (24-3) and Hillsboro
(23-5) advances to play Young Coggs Prep (22-5) in Saturday's
championship game. Good luck to both teams!
As a part of my effort to communicate with the residents of the
17th Senate District, I include a section of data in every
E-update. The intent of this effort is to connect you with the
newest information available from your state government.
In this week’s E-Update, the following data shows each UW
institutions’ budgeted expenditures per full-time equivalent
student for 2004-05, 2009-10 and 2013-14. This spending DOES NOT
include research, public service, financial aid and GPR debt
services. It should be pointed out that the UW-Madison data
includes all of the professional programming (e.g.: Medical
School, Law School, etc.).
The data was provided by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal
Bureau (LFB). The LFB used the UW System’s annual budget
document called the Red Book to create this table. For more
information about the University System budget and the Red Book,
The intent of sharing this information is to show you the
differences in per student spending on all of our state’s
campuses. As a member of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC), this
is the type of data that I use to help in my decision making as
we continue to study the state budget. I am not taking a
position or making a statement by sharing this data. I am simply
offering it to you for your reference and personal
UW System All Funds Budget Per FTE Student by Institution
2004-05, 2009-10, and 2013-14*
|UW System Average
|UW System Average
Source: Legislative Fiscal Bureau
*Excludes budgeted amounts for research, public service,
financial aid, and GPR debt service
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