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  • Atomic Veterans Day in Wisconsin

  • District Day Visits

  • Assembly Passes Bill to Fight Child Exploitation

  • Lightning Safety Awareness

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Ron's Recap: June 21, 2019  

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 June is Dairy Month! During my most recent District Day visit, I focused on how the dairy industry impacts the 3rd Assembly District and what some local businesses are doing to celebrate Dairy Month. Click here or on the image above to check out what Lamer's Dairy is doing to promote Dairy Month and give back to the community. 

 Atomic Veterans Day in Wisconsin

On Tuesday, the State Assembly passed Assembly Joint Resolution 57 proclaiming July 16th as National Atomic Veterans Day in Wisconsin. An “Atomic Veteran” is a veteran who participated in nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1962 and other situations where military personnel were exposed to radiation. At least 220,000 American service men and women witnessed and participated in these tests, or served in forces occupying Hiroshima and Nagasaki immediately following World War II. 

Thank you to my constituent, Jerome Gehl, a resident of Buchanan and native of Forest Junction, who brought Atomic Veterans day to my attention last session. Mr. Gehl enlisted in the Army when he was 17 years old and served from 1956 to 1959. He was a member of the 1st Provisional Military Police Company and assigned to the Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. His company guarded sensitive sites that were integral to the United States’ nuclear weapons program in the Cold War.

This resolution is a small way we can show our appreciation to our Atomic Veterans. Thank you, Mr. Gehl, and to all your brothers in arms, for your service and sacrifice to our country. You can read the resolution text here: https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/20…/related/proposals/ajr57

 

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   Another Successful District Day 

Last week, I toured the area for another District Day in the 3rd Assembly District. I was amazed at the technology and innovation from Crane Engineering, the quality of products from Culver's and Lamers Dairy, the fun and excitement at Mulberry Lane Farm, and the passion from High Cliff State Park employees and Friends of High Cliff State Park. Thank you to everyone who shared their time with me to make for another successful District Day! 

 

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Farmer Bonnie introduced us to "Cookie" the cow during our visit to Mulberry Lane Farm 

Assembly Passes Bill to Fight Child Exploitation

Thursday, the Wisconsin State Assembly approved Senate Bill 68, which bolsters child pornography laws and gives law enforcement greater flexibility when investigating child pornography crimes.  I am proud to have authored this bill with our Senator, Andre Jacque.

This bill is a common sense measure to protect our children from harmful predators looking to exploit them. By strengthening the language in our child pornography law, we will ensure law enforcement has the tools they need to track down and investigate these monstrous predators and bring them to justice.”

The bill codifies language from a State Supreme Court decision, State v. Petrone, which will make clear that child erotica is considered child pornography.  This change came at the request of local law enforcement upon seeing an upward trend in child erotica and will provide more clarity when conducting investigations. In 2017, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made 537 arrests.

I am glad my colleagues come together to pass this bill in a bipartisan manner to protect our kids.

Lightning Safety Awareness Day

Wisconsin’s Lightning Safety Awareness Day is Tuesday, June 25 and ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to learn more about the dangers of lightning and what steps they should take to remain safe.

“When thunder roars, go indoors,” advised Wisconsin Emergency Management Administrator Brian Satula. “Lightning strikes can kill or seriously injure a person in the blink of an eye. When you are outdoors this summer, watch the skies and seek safe shelter if you hear thunder or see lightning.”

According to the National Lightning Safety Council, 396 people were struck and killed by lightning in the United States between 2006 and 2018. Of those fatalities, nine were in Wisconsin. Almost two-thirds of those killed nationwide were involved in outdoor leisure activities at the time they were struck.

Even if the skies are clear directly overhead, a bolt of lightning can travel several miles from the center of a storm. If you can hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.

The safest place to be is inside a sturdy shelter, such as a house. Even the inside of a car with a hard top is safer than being out in the open during a thunderstorm. If you are inside a vehicle, avoid touching metal surfaces that could conduct electricity. Never seek cover under a tree or think you are safe by being low to the ground. Get out of open areas and away from bodies of water, such as lakes or rivers.

Health officials say if a person you are with is struck by lightning, immediately dial 911 and start performing CPR. Don’t be afraid to touch the victim – the human body does not hold an electrical charge.

For more information and for more safety tips, click here.