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  • Jail Smuggling Bill

  • Calumet County Job Fair 

  • Discussion on Marijuana

  • Budget Listening Sessions

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Ron's Recap:

Committee Hearings!


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Hello! Welcome to another edition of Ron's Recap for the 104th Legislative Session. This periodic e-newsletter will keep you up-to-date on news from the Capitol and provide other helpful information. Feel free to contact Ron if you have any questions about information in this email, if you have an opinion on a legislative issue, or if you have a problem with a state agency. 

Jail Smuggling Bill 

On Tuesday, Outagamie County Corrections Division Captain David Kiesner, Outagamie County Jail Lieutenant Doug Verheyen, Senator Andre Jacque, and I testified on Assembly Bill 63. This bill is common sense legislation that will make our make our facilities safer for correctional officers and inmates. It closes a loophole by removing the unnecessary requirement that the State prove that a prohibited item smuggled into a jail or prison will be transferred to another inmate. Thank you to Captain Kiesner and Lieutenant Verheyen for coming to Madison to testify and sharing your personal experiences and expertise on these bills!

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Calling Job Seekers! 
The Calumet County Job Fair will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at Chilton High School on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Over 40 local and regional employers will be on hand to speak with people seeking jobs or new employment opportunities. The following is a preliminary list of employers that will be present. Job seekers can register and learn more about the event by going to http://tinyurl.com/calumetcareer. Attendees are encouraged to dress appropriate for an interview and to be prepared to complete applications onsite.

Companies registered to participate as of March 11 are: A to Z Machine Company, Inc.; JF Ahern; Americollect; Ariens Co; Bill Lorrigan Construction; Brillion West Haven; C.D. Smith Construction, Inc.; Calumet County; Chilton Chamber of Commerce; D & D Equipment Co/DVO Inc.; Fox Valley Technical College; HUI Manufacturing; Johnsonville; Keller, Inc.; Kohler Co.; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Lunda Construction Company; M-B Companies, Inc.; Metko Inc.; Midwest Overhead Doors; North Shore Health Care – Willowdale Health Services; Ornua Ingredients; Pierce Manufacturing; Premier Financial Credit Union; ProAmpac; Remedy Intelligent Staffing; Sargento Foods Inc.; The Osthoff Resort; Van Horn Automotive Group; Veterans Service Office of Calumet County; Wisconsin Department of Corrections; Wisconsin Lift Truck; and Worthington. 

Discussion on Marijuana

As our state continues to debate the implications of legalizing marijuana at various levels, it is important to keep all sides of the debate in mind. The Wisconsin Chiefs of Police recently weighed in on the debate and added their perspective. To read their press release, click here or on the image below. 

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Budget Listening Sessions

I will be hosting three listening sessions for the 2019-21 State Budget on Saturday, April 13th. I hope you'll be able to join me. I look forward to hearing your thoughts and opinions!

Kimberly Listening Session
Where: Kimberly Village Hall, 515 W Kimberly Ave, Kimberly, WI 54136
When: Saturday, April 13th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
NOTE: Sen. Andre Jacque (R – DePere) will also be in attendance at this session.

Stockbridge Listening Session
Where: Stockbridge Community Center, 175 South Military Road, Stockbridge, WI 53088
When: Saturday, April 13th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Brillion Listening Session
Where: Brillion High School, W1101 County Road HR, Brillion, WI 54110
When: Saturday, April 13th from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Wisconsin Conservation Congress 
  • The 2019 Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Spring Hearings are slated for Monday, April 8th, starting at 7:00 p.m.  New this year will be an online voting option for those who are not able to attend a hearing in person.  Meeting attendees can also use their smart phones to cast their ballots.


  • The Spring Hearing process allows the public the opportunity to comment and register their support for or opposition to DNR proposed rule changes as well as Wisconsin Conservation Congress proposals that could someday become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin.


  • Spring is officially here!  Now is a great time to check out programs and events being held at State Parks and recreational properties around the state.  DNR’s Get Outdoors! event calendar can help you plan your next outdoor adventure.