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  • District Day Visits

  • Campaigns and Elections Committee Hearing

  • Same Day Camping Reservations

  • Drug Take Back Day

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Ron's Recap: April 26, 2019  

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During my district day, I interviewed Adel from Team Delly about food allergy awareness. We encouraged Governor Evers to proclaim May as "Food Allergy Awareness Month." To find out what you can do to spread awareness about food allergies, visit their website at https://www.foodallergy.org and watch our interview by clicking here. 

 District Day Visits 

On Monday, I met with many leaders in the 3rd Assembly District about a number of issues they are passionate about. I am impressed with the great work and efforts I saw from selfless people giving back to their community and working toward bettering the lives of others. Thank you to the members at Agape, Brewster Village in Appleton, Team Delly, Midwest Paper Group, history teachers at Little Chute High/Middle Schools, Milis Flatwork, Fox Valley Technical College, and High Cliff State Park for taking time out of your day to have a conversation and share your experiences with me! To view photos from the event, please click here. 

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My first stop of the day included a visit with several employees at Agape, a nonprofit organization which provides quality residential support services for individuals in a variety of community settings. 

 Campaigns and Elections Committee Hearing

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This past Tuesday, I chaired my first committee hearing. We heard testimony on two bills: Assembly Bill 168, which will help individuals with disabilities exercise their right to vote and Assembly Bill 64, which would reimburse local municipalities for costs associated with administering a special election. If you would like to watch footage from the hearing, click here or on the image below. 

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Same Day Camping Reservations
  • Beginning May 1st, campers will be able to make same day reservations for camp sites at 15 Wisconsin State Parks.  This pilot program is aimed at providing additional camping opportunities for park visitors.
  • Hunters who are interested in participating in Wisconsin’s elk hunt this fall are encouraged to submit an application starting on May 1st.  In 2019, five bull tags will be available to state hunters through the DNR.  Four of those will be awarded through the state application and drawing, and the fifth will be awarded through a Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation raffle.
  • State bat biologists are asking the public to report barns, buildings, bat houses, and other roosts where bats have successfully hibernated.  These reports help biologist identify and protect bats that did not succumb to White Nose Syndrome over the winter.
  • Turkey hunters have the opportunity to donate their harvested turkey to a local food pantry through the DNR’s Turkey Donation Program.  Donated turkeys will be process free of charge.

 

Drug Take Back Day

Tomorrow, April 27, more than 277 local law enforcement agencies will be participating in Drug Take Back Day across the state. Wisconsinites are encouraged to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at Drug Take Back and drug disposal locations.

Drug Take Back Day provides a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposal, while also educating the community about the potential abuse and consequences of improper storage and disposal of these medications.

To find a Drug Take Back Location near you, go to: www.doseofrealitywi.gov/find-a-take-back-location/.

Unused or expired medicine should never be flushed or poured down the drain. Water reclamation facilities are not designed to remove all of them and trace amounts of pharmaceuticals are showing up in rivers and lakes.

To ensure the success of Drug Take Back Day, the Wisconsin Department of Justice relies on assistance from the DEA, and the generous support of Fuchs Trucking, Covanta Energy, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Indiana State Police, Waukesha County, Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office, and all participating local law enforcement agencies.

GUIDELINES:

All waste pharmaceuticals must be generated by a household – no businesses are allowed.

Bring: Prescription (controlled and non-controlled) and over-the-counter medications, ointments, patches, inhalers, non-aerosol sprays, creams, vials and pet medications.

Do Not Bring: Illegal drugs, needles/sharps, acids, aerosol cans, bio-hazardous materials (anything containing a bodily fluid or blood), personal care products (shampoo, soaps, lotions, sunscreens), household hazardous waste (paint, pesticides, oil, gas), mercury thermometers, or vape pens.

  • Participants may dispose of solid, non-liquid medication(s) by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into a disposal box or into a clear sealable plastic bag. Plastic pill containers should not be collected. Blister packages without the medications being removed are acceptable.
  • Liquids will be accepted during this initiative. However, the liquids, creams and sprays must be in their original packaging. Liquids without the original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.