Legislative Update

October 20, 2017

Honoring our Law Enforcement

This week I had the unique opportunity to join with a number of law enforcement officers, the Attorney General, and community members in participating in a vigil held at our state capitol to honor our members of law enforcement. The vigil was held at the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Memorial, which is a memorial recognizing our state's officers who have died while in the line-of-duty. You may recall that this memorial was recently vandalized. The memorial has now been restored, and the vigil was particularly moving given these recent events. During my time as a state legislator, I have taken the lead on a number of proposals to support our law enforcement, including making targeting a law enforcement officer a hate-crime in Wisconsin and enabling the law enforcement memorial license plate to include a donation component that will directly assist this important memorial organization. I am incredibly proud to support our law enforcement and being able to take part in this display of community support was a true privilege.

GBCI Discussion Continues

This session, I have been focused on finding a responsible and effective solution to the many issues facing the Green Bay Correctional Institution. These issues include: the increasing costs of maintaining this outdated facility, capacity concerns relating to overcrowding, and control/care concerns that have continued to grow over the past several months and years. This week, the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology, and Consumer Protection held a public hearing on my proposal to decommission GBCI and replace it with a privately owned and publicly operated facility in the Brown County area. This creative solution allows for significant savings in taxpayer dollars over the next ten years, would alleviate the capacity, control, and care concerns currently plaguing this outdated facility, and allow for the existing property to be redeveloped into a more economically beneficial use of land. I am encouraged by the continued discussion on this issue. The many problems currently facing GBCI aren't going away and it's important that we continue to move forward on developing solutions. You can watch the full hearing by clicking on the photo below.

Thanks for the Tour!

I recently had the opportunity to stop by and tour the Triangle Distributing Company to learn more about the beverage distribution business. It was fascinating to learn more about this incredible business and the positive impact that it has not only within its industry, but within our community as well. A big thanks to Gary and Jim for taking the time to show me around!

Curious about what I've been working on? You can check out the full list of legislation I've authored or co-authored here or by checking out my website at RepSteffen.com. As always, if there is a state-related issue of concern or interest to you, please contact my office at any time. I look forward to hearing from you!

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