Tuesday, Governor Walker signed several of my bills
into law. Over the coming weeks I will be
highlighting these important reforms.
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform was signed into
law. This important reform fixes Wisconsin's civil asset
forfeiture law to require a conviction before the
government permanently forfeits an individual's
property. Under current law, the government can
forfeit private property of persons who have never
been convicted of any wrongdoing. SB 61 will ensure
that only adjudicated guilty persons can have their
property forfeited. SB 61 balances individual civil
liberties and important tools for law enforcement
resulting in a big win for the Bill of Rights.
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watch my video on civil asset forfeiture reform
Preventing Taxpayer Funded Abortions
Prohibiting taxpayer funded abortions has been a
decades-long federal policy. According to a Harvard/Politico
poll Nearly 60% of Americans are opposed to using
Medicaid dollars to cover abortion services. My
bill barring taxpayer money from covering abortions for
public employees aligns our state law with the
longstanding federal law.
This is an important reform that will protect the
conscience of taxpayers.
years I have worked with my fellow legislators and
the WDNR to allow for small scale dredging projects
and earlier this week,
AB 935 was signed into law by Governor Walker.
Specifically, this legislation:
(1) Directs the DNR to create a dredging general
permit for “impoundments and associated
features” in consultation with lake management
and waterway districts
(2) Directs the DNR to define an impoundment for
purposes of the general permit
(3) Creates a timeline for the permit to be
available within 6 months of publication
(4) Allows for removal of 50 cubic yards per
a. removal must be to allow navigation from the
shoreline to the line of navigation
b. riparian owner must use best management
practices established by WDNR
(5) Sets the price for association or group
applications at $350.00
(6) Sets the price individual applications no
higher than $60.00
legislation was introduced to assist riparian owners
and users alike in our community in being able to
utilize and enjoy these great natural resources for
boating, kayaking, fishing, hunting and other
water-related recreational activities.
riparian owners like those in the Fox River-Tichigan
Lake waterway in Racine County and in other similar
areas across the state are unable to enjoy natural
resources because foreign silt buildup is preventing
even small crafts like canoes and kayaks from
effectively navigating and causing swimmers to get
stuck in the muck. Further, the issue of siltation
and lack of use of these waterways has a dramatic
negative impact on riparian owners’ property values.
This legislation will help riparian owners restore
these important natural resources to their pristine
state, while enabling the WDNR to dictate best
management practices for the removal of this silt to
ensure it is undertaken in a responsible manner.
Houston, President of the Village of Waterford joins
Senator Craig and Representative Wichgers for the
signing of AB 935
My bill on
Unclaimed Life Insurance Benefits requires that
insurers check the Social Security death master file
every six months to ensure that beneficiaries
receive timely payments in the event that unclaimed
policies exist without the beneficiaries' knowledge.
The bill also adopts the national model for best
practices for life insurance companies developed by
the national association lead by Wisconsin’s
Insurance Commission. Wisconsin insurers are already
national leaders on consumer protection standards
and this new law guarantees those protections in
I thank Governor Walker for signing these important
reforms into law.
Edvest has announced that the 2018 state tax benefit
has been raised to $3,200 – making it even easier to
save for college while enjoying significant tax
benefits. The updated reduction in taxable income
applies to contributions made during the 2018 tax
For the 2017 tax year, plan participants have until
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 to make contributions to be
eligible for a tax benefit of up to $3,140.
For more information follow this link.
Foxconn will be transformational to the state and
local economies. This once-in-a-century opportunity
will continue to drive headlines and impact our
region for years to come. As the Foxconn development
moves closer to becoming fully operational, I will
be passing along updates on the progress of the project
and related news important to our district and area.
the informational page here, for upcoming
informational meetings across the state.
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Madison, WI 53707
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Madison, WI 53708
Senator Craig represents the 28th Senate District which
includes parts of Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, and