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  • District Day

  • Medicaid Expansion

  • Kimberly Girls Basketball Team is State Bound! 

  • Livestock Registration Reminder

  • Wisconsin Conservation Congress

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Ron's Recap: March 8, 2019  

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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 me 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. 

District Day

Last week, I had the privilege of touring the Heart of the Valley YMCA. I was impressed with the quality of programs offered at the Heart of the Valley YMCA, including numerous community initiatives, health and wellness programs, youth and teen recreation, and their quality of child care programs. The facility looks great and the people who work there are so kind and caring! Thank you for all you do and keep up the great work! The YMCA is such a valuable resource for the community!

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I also toured a facility with cutting edge technology in the agricultural field: an anaerobic manure digester. This machine greatly improves treating animal waste and disposing of it in a useful, ecologically friendly manner. The anaerobic manure digester creates biogas (a renewable source of energy that can be used similar to natural gas), electricity, and bedding for cattle. It also reduces odors from livestock manure. While the technology is still young, its potential is promising. What a benefit to Wisconsin communities and farmers!

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The Real Cost of Medicaid Expansion is $400M Wasted 

joint study conducted by the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and The Center for Research On the Wisconsin Economy concluded that Medicaid expansion would cost our citizens $600 million while Wisconsin’s government would receive $200 million from the federal government.  That is a waste of $400 million of Wisconsin’s funds. There’s a proven cost to families who have private insurance coverage with healthcare costs increasing more in states that expanded Medicaid. In addition, the study estimates emergency room visits would increase by more than 52,000 visits per year under an expansion of Medicaid in the state.

 

Supporters of Medicaid expansion often point to so-called free money from the federal government without truly understanding the costs to consumers. This study confirms Wisconsin found the right balance. I want to thank the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty and The Center for Research On the Wisconsin Economy for conducting the study.

 
Kimberly Girl's Basketball Going to State

The Kimberly High School Women's Basketball Team has qualified for the WIAA's State Girls Basketball Tournament! They play today, March 8th, at 8:15. Please join me and the school community in wishing the team all the best of success at the state tournament! Go Papermakers! For more information, including updates and scores, click here. 

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Livestock Registration Reminder 

 

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) in partnership with the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium (WLIC) is reminding anyone who owns livestock* to register the location where animals are kept. This is referred to as premises registration.

Whether you have one animal or thousands, and regardless if your facility is required to be licensed, state law requires any location that keeps livestock to be registered with DATCP. There is no cost to register and the information you provide is confidential. DATCP uses the information to rapidly respond to animal disease outbreaks in order to protect animal health, the food supply, public safety, and Wisconsin’s agriculture economy.

Examples of locations with livestock that need to register include the following:

  • Farms and hobby farms
  • Backyard poultry flocks
  • Veterinary clinics with large animal hospital facilities
  • Stables
  • Livestock exhibitions, markets, and feedlots
  • Dealers and haulers that keep livestock on their property
  • Slaughter, rendering, and dead animal facilities
  • Any other location where livestock is kept or congregated

Between March and July, DATCP will mail over 60,000 renewals to current livestock premises registrants. Current registrants must renew their livestock premises by July 31. If you no longer have livestock, you must report this to update your location. DATCP conducts renewals every three years.

If you need to register a new location, more information is available below and on DATCP’s website at https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Programs_Services/PremisesRegistration.aspx. Those who have livestock and do not register their location are subject to fines and are not eligible for a state indemnity payment for animals condemned due to disease exposure.

How to Register Your Premises

New registrants can get a paper application from WLIC through the following methods:

If your premises is currently registered, you will receive a prefilled renewal notice sometime between March and July this year. Review your information and return it in the mail. Due to a high volume of locations that need to be registered, registrations will be processed in the order they are received.

Once WLIC processes your registration or renewal, a confirmation letter with a premises ID will be emailed to you. If you indicate that you would rather receive your confirmation by mail, then you will receive a card with this information. You will need to keep your ID number for future reference as some municipalities, organizations, or events like fairs may ask for this in order to participate in activities.

Protecting Wisconsin

Certain animal diseases threaten not only Wisconsin, but the nation. Through the premises registration database, DATCP’s Division of Animal Health has a vital tool to help prevent and control the spread of disease. What used to take weeks of going through paper documentation and driving door-to-door to identify locations and notify owners can now be done in minutes. Registering your livestock premises supports disease management by protecting the health of all livestock, many of which are used in food production. Some diseases also pose a threat to human health making rapid response essential to public safety. Having a system with proper trace back and trace forward capabilities also provides for a timely response to minimize the economic impact in the event of an outbreak. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wisconsin’s agriculture contributes $88.3 billion annually to the state’s economy with the dairy industry contributing almost half of that at $43.4 billion.

 

Wisconsin Conservation Congress and more
  • This year’s Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Spring Hearings will offer additional opportunity for the public to weigh in on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to conservation and fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.  For the first time, an online option will be provided 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 or opposition to DNR proposed rule changes as well as Congress proposals that could someday become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin.