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Listening Sessions for Fall
Last week, I announced the opportunity to share your thoughts
with me by completing my 2015 Legislative Survey.
In addition to the survey, I have also planned a series of 16
listening sessions for the 17th Senate District during the next
month and I hope you will join me and my fellow legislators.
These sessions are designed for face-to-face sharing of ideas,
concerns and input. As you arrive, please sign-in with a member
of our team if you would like an opportunity to speak. For most
sessions, we will provide five minutes per person for input.
Depending on the attendance, we may offer additional speaking
opportunities for attendees. Our moderator will work with
attendees to ensure that everyone who would like to speak has an
opportunity to do so in a respectful atmosphere.
If you prefer to share your thoughts in writing or have a
specific question, please feel free to leave your comments with
us or send an email to Sen.Marklein@legis.wisconsin.gov or PO
Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707.
The schedule for our Fall Listening Sessions follows:
Monday, September 14, 2015 with Rep. Ed Brooks and Rep. Todd
Reedsburg – Reedsburg Public Library, 370 Vine Street, Reedsburg
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Plain – Green TTEC
Building, 1110 Leed Parkway, Plain
Spring Green – Spring Green Library, 230 E. Monroe Street,
Monday, September 21, 2015 with Rep. Todd Novak
Richland Center – Brewer Library, 325 N. Central Avenue,
Lone Rock – (pending approval) Community Hall, 220 Pearl
Street, Lone Rock
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
Boscobel – Boscobel Public Library, 1033 Wisconsin Ave.,
Monday, September 28, 2015
Fennimore – SWTC, 1800 Bronson Blvd, Fennimore
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Lancaster – Schreiner Public Library, 113 West Elm Street,
Bloomington – Bloomington Town Hall, 453 Canal Street,
Friday, October 2, 2015 with Rep. Ed Brooks
Mauston – Mauston City Hall, 303 Mansion Street, Mauston
11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Necedah – Necedah Memorial Library, 217 Oak Drive, Necedah
Kendall – Kendall Village Hall, 219 W South Railroad Street,
Elroy – Elroy Library, 501 2nd Main Street, Elroy
Friday, October 9, 2015 with Rep. Todd Novak
Dodgeville – Dodgeville City Hall, 100 E Fountain Street,
11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Argyle – Argyle Village Hall,
401 E. Milwaukee Street, Argyle
Monroe – Monroe City Hall, 1110 18th Ave., Monroe
Again, thank you for sharing your ideas via my legislative
survey and for finding a time to visit with me at a listening
session. I look forward to learning more about your ideas,
preferences and seeking your input.
For more information and to connect with me, visit my website
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/17/marklein and do not
hesitate to call 800-978-8008 if you have input, ideas or need
assistance with any state-related matters.
Senator Marklein’s 2015 Fall Legislative Survey
If you haven’t had the chance to fill out my legislative survey
yet, I encourage you to visit my website and click on the “2015
Legislative Survey” button:
http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senate/17/marklein or please feel
free to print out a copy from the link below and return it to me
at PO Box 7882, Madison, WI 53703 or via fax at 608-282-3557.
Please submit your survey by October 30, 2015.
For a PDF version of the survey, click
Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial Institutions, &
On Wednesday, the Senate Committee on Revenue, Financial
Institutions, & Rural Issues met to discuss a number of bills. I
am the author of two of these bills that directly impact our
Senate Bill 227: Tax Exemption for Construction Materials
Under current law, counties, municipalities, school districts,
and non-profit organizations are exempt from paying sales and
use tax on the purchase of building materials. However,
contractors who are hired to complete projects for these
entities are not exempt in state law.
Under the current process, many contractors work with the
municipal entity or school district to establish an LLC in order
to circumvent the tax on the building materials. In other
instances, the contractor will have the municipal entity or
school district purchase the materials directly to avoid paying
the sales and use tax.
I have authored a bill that would exempt building and
construction materials from sales and excise taxes if the
materials are used in a project for a school district,
non-profit entity, municipality, or county. As we heard in
testimony, the current law is an unnecessary administrative
burden to our local units of government and contractors.
Senate Bill 236: The “Wine Walks” bill
Over the past decade, communities in Southwest and South Central
Wisconsin have promoted businesses in their area by sponsoring
events called Wine or Beer Walks. All of these areas are
different, but, in general, they all have the same basic
framework. During these events, the hosting organization,
typically a Chamber of Commerce or Downtown Business Group, will
purchase the wine or beer to be used at the participating
businesses. Patrons of legal drinking age purchase a ticket from
the hosting organization and are given a wine or beer glass. The
patron can then walk to each business involved in the event and
sample wine or beer while they are inside the business premises.
I authored this bill because in April 2015, the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue specifically clarified that Wine Walk
events have always been and are currently illegal. Wine Walks do
not adhere to the current structure for a “Class B” picnic
license. Our bill creates a new process specifically for Wine
Walks that would allow a Wine Walk organization to assign
multiple “Class B” Picnic alcohol licenses to participating
businesses. There are Wine Walks that take place in the 17th
senate district and they have been a great opportunity for local
businesses and downtown areas.
*Representative Keith Ripp and Senator Howard
Marklein testifying before the Senate Committee on Revenue,
Financial Institutions and Rural Affairs on our bill legalizing
Wine Walks in our communities
In the District
2015 Fall Hunting Begins
I turned the calendar. It is September and that means it’s time
for fall hunting season to begin again. I have put up my tree
stands and hope to spend a lot of time in the woods this fall.
Register Your Deer or Bear Online or Via Telephone in 2015!
For the first time in Wisconsin, hunters will be able to
register harvested deer and bears via phone or Internet rather
than taking the animal to an in-person registration station this
fall. Wisconsin has successfully implemented electronic
registration for turkey and geese and has now moved to
accomplish the same for big game hunting.
During your hunt, attach and validate the carcass tag as you
have in the past, then you have three options to register your
deer or bear:
Phone: Dial 1-844-426-3734 (1-844-GAME-REG) and follow the
prompts to provide harvest information and retrieve your
10-character confirmation code.
Online: On a computer or mobile device, go to
gamereg.wi.gov and enter your harvest information and
retrieve your 10-character confirmation code.
person: Visit a designated in-person station that offers a
phone or computer for hunters to register your deer or bear.
Staff on site will be able to help you register and retrieve
your 10-character confirmation code. Hunters may locate
in-person stations prior to the start of the fall hunting
register, you will receive a 10-character confirmation code
which must be written on the carcass tag attached to the animal.
All hunters must obtain a confirmation number and write it on
the tag for the animal to be registered. Once you have completed
this step, the animal will be officially registered and no
further action is required.
The following dates are for upcoming hunting seasons that you
might have a permit for in the 17th Senate District:
-Archery and Crossbow, Sept. 12 – Jan. 3, 2016
-Gun hunt for hunters with disabilities, Oct. 3 –11
-Youth deer hunt, Oct. 10 –11
-Gun, Nov. 21 – 29
-Muzzleloader, Nov. 30 – Dec. 9
-December 4-day antlerless hunt, Dec. 10 –13
*Application deadline for bear permits is always December 10
Zone C where dogs are not permitted
-With aid of bait and with all other legal methods not using
dogs, Sept. 9 – Oct. 13
All other zones where dogs are permitted
-With aid of dogs only, Sept. 9 – 15
-With aid of dogs, with aid of bait, and with all other legal
methods, Sept. 16 –Oct. 6
-With aid of bait and with all other legal methods not utilizing
dogs, Oct. 7 – 13
*Source: Department of Natural Resources
-Statewide, Sept. 12 – Nov. 19
-Zones 1-5, Nov. 30 – Dec. 31
*Source: Department of Natural Resources
a complete list and to find out more information, the Wisconsin
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has all of the current and
upcoming hunting seasons on their
You can also print out a PDF version of the
Wisconsin Hunting and Trapping Seasons.
Back to School
By now, most schools are back in session. It’s time to get back
into the routine of getting the kids off to school and getting
them home each night to do their homework or off to their sports
It’s important to remember to take extra safety steps and
precautions when it comes to bus safety and on the road safety.
Early mornings especially, mean more fog on the roads and
This fall, Representative Travis Tranel and I are proposing
legislation that would require the use of headlights in the rain
when there is limited visibility. It’s a step in the right
direction to continue safety on our roads.
I hope everyone had a great first week of school!
Wisconsin Local Employment and Unemployment Estimates
The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) estimates of unemployment and
employment statistics for metro areas, major cities and counties
in Wisconsin. The estimates include revisions for June 2015 and
preliminary estimates for July 2015.
The following table shows the local unemployment rates from July
2014 and July 2015 for the counties in our district.
*Source: Department of Workforce Development
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