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  1. A Historically Strong Year!
  2. Protecting Domestic Violence Victims
  3. Data Privacy Day
  4. What's in the Hopper?

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Ron's Recap: January 29, 2018


Hello! Welcome to this edition of Ron's Recap, my periodic e-newsletter where I'll keep you up-to-date on news from Madison and provide other helpful information. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about information in this email, have an opinion on a legislative issue, or are having a problem with a state agency.

A Historically Strong Year!


On Wednesday, Governor Walker addressed a joint session of the legislature for his annual State of the State Address. 2017 was a record year!

The Governor highlighted a number of positive milestones Wisconsin had in the last 12 months. Wisconsin's unemployment rate is at a record low of 3%, down from 9.2% in 2010. We also made a record $639 million investment in K-12 education in the 2017-19 budget. The state property tax has been eliminated and Wisconsin's tax burden is below the national average, the lowest in 50 years.

Read my complete reaction to the Governor's address here.


Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence

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This session I have introduced two bills that will help protect victims of domestic violence. Watch my short video explaining what my legislation does or read below for more information.
  • AB 451 will allow Wisconsin Courts to recognize and enforce Canadian domestic violence restraining orders. 
  • AB 581 protects members of the legal community who are victims of domestic violence. Frequently, victims of domestic abuse do not seek help because they feel embarrassment or shame for reporting abuse.  Members of the legal community who are also victims of abuse may feel greater intimidation from seeking help because of a county’s small, tight-knit legal community. This proposal would allow these individuals to file for a restraining order in a different, less intimidating venue.
Data Privacy Day
January 28th was Data Privacy Day in Wisconsin. It's never a bad time to make sure that your phones and computers are current with the latest security updates. Here are some other tips to keep your digital footprint safe, courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. 
What's in the Hopper?

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I am busy working in Madison to make Wisconsin a better state. Below is  information on some of the bills I am working on and what's next for them. You can sign up for notifications from the Legislature's Bill Tracking Service here and see a full list of legislation I've authored and co-sponsored here.

Parks Revitalization Act (2017 Wisconsin Act 71)

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Governor Walker Signs the Parks Revitalization Act

In November, Governor Walker signed the Parks Revitalization Act, which I authored with Senator Rob Cowles (R - Green Bay). The Act appropriates up to $4.5 million towards repairs for “critical health and safety-related water infrastructure projects” within the state parks system, including new toilet and septic systems. In a study conducted for the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, Wisconsin’s state parks are a strong selling point for tourists. Wisconsin received its highest “image” ratings for our “outdoor assets,” including clear water for recreation, and “excellent state parks.” The Act would prioritize projects in the states most-visited state parks, including High Cliff State Park in Calumet County.

Distracted Driving (AB 463)

  • We've all seen someone on the road weaving in and out of their lane at some point. While smartphones have revolutionized our lives far too often they are a convenient distraction when behind the wheel. My bill will update Wisconsin's texting- and emailing-while-driving ban to cover other forms of smartphone distraction and stiffen the penalties for driving distracted. Bottom line: keep your eyes on the road and hands on the steering wheel, not your smartphone!
  • This bill passed out of the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety and awaits a full vote by the Assembly.