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  • Closing the Child Pornography Loophole

  • Breaking Down the Budget

  • Spring General Election Information

  • Budget Listening Sessions

  • Gypsy Moth Management and More

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Ron's Recap: March 29, 2019  

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Recently, I presented Peter and Seth with congratulatory citations for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout. Keep up the great work! You two are models for our community. 

Do you know of anyone who has recently become an Eagle Scout? Do you know someone deserving of a WI State Assembly Citation? If so, please contact my office. I love to recognize and congratulate outstanding individuals and groups of the third assembly district! 

 Closing the Child Pornography Loophole

On Tuesday, Senator Andre Jacque, Brown County Sheriff Lieutenant Jim Valley, Eau Claire Sheriff Detective Jeff Nocchi, and Madison Police Sargent Julie Johnson and I testified on my bill that will close a loophole in Wisconsin’s child pornography statute.

Child sex crimes are some of the most heinous, deplorable acts in our society.  Our children are the most innocent and most vulnerable members of our community. Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit children for their sexual gratification.

In 2017, the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force made 537 arrests.

Under current law, an image or video must depict a child engaging in sexually explicit conduct to qualify as child pornography.  Because current law requires depiction of sexually explicit conduct, predators are exploiting this loophole which allows them to create photos and videos with children in less than completely opaque clothing posed in a sexually suggestive manner.

This exploitation is wrong and must be stopped because it victimizes innocent children.  

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On Tuesday, I testified in front of the Assembly Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee on AB 71.  Watch the entire hearing on WisconsinEye here.  My testimony begins at 43:05. 

 Breaking Down the Budget

Under Republican leadership, property taxes on a median-valued home are lower today than they were in 2010. However, Governor Evers’ proposed budget would let property taxes on median-valued homes rise by 1.7% per year. As we work our way through the budget process, I will work to protect Wisconsin taxpayers to ensure that taxes are being spend appropriately and efficiently.  Most importantly, it is my goal to keep taxes – all kinds of taxes and fees – low so you can keep your own money in your pocket and ensure government is spending wisely.

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Spring General Election Information

The Spring General Election will be held this coming Tuesday, April 2nd. To find voter registration, photo identification, polling location information, and more, click on the images 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! For more information, or to let us know you will be in attendance, click here (No RSVP is required to attend). 

 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 Scool, W1101 County Road HR, Brillion, WI 54110

When: Saturday, April 13th from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Gypsy Moth Management and More
  • With the return of spring comes the return of gypsy moths in Wisconsin.  Property owners are urged to treat or remove egg masses now to help protect high-value trees and to reduce future gypsy moth caterpillar populations.  When populations are high, these invasive insects can strip an entire neighborhood or forest of leaves during late spring and early summer.

 

  • The Department of Natural Resources is kicking off discussions about Lake Michigan fisheries management for 2020 and beyond by hosting the semi-annual Lake Michigan Fisheries Forum meeting on April 15th.  These meetings are open to all stakeholders who are interested in setting the course for future salmon and trout management on Lake Michigan.

 

  • 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.