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Forward Fridays


Welcome to my latest e-update! Here are highlights from the past week as your State Representative. 

As always, feel free to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns you have.

Forward together!  

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I came into office with the slogan "Forward Together", and I’m thrilled to see it become the title of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate Democrats’ fall agenda.

Our agenda is outlined into these categories: affordable health care, quality schools, clean water, financial security, hometown success, justice reform, safe communities, and democracy for all

Click to read our priorities for fall, and the rest of session, here or on the Legislative Democrats website here

 First Responder of the Year - Officer Tracy Burbach

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Read my full statement here

ADA Accommodations in State Assembly 

Yesterday in the State Assembly, Republicans exploited the ADA requests of State Representative Jimmy Anderson, and created the ability to override the Governor's veto in a way similar to what happened in North Carolina. 

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I am honored to serve with Rep. Anderson and appreciate the courage he showed yesterday, and everyday, the kind of courage America needs right now. 

Read my full statement here

Watch Rep. Anderson's full speech here. 

More on the story:

Journal Sentinel

Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin Examiner 


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Saturday November 9th, morning, Wauwatosa

Contact us if you are interested in attending:

RSVP @ Rep.Vining@legis.wisconsin.gov 

Share this graphic with your military friends, family, neighbors, including those in reserves! 


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I announced a new initiative called "Topical Town Halls" - neighborhood educational opportunities about five different topics, hosted around the district throughout the fall and winter. 

Stay tuned for dates and locations of these town halls!  

Read my press release here to see the topics, announcing our Topical Town Halls. 

 HBCU College Fair
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Rep. LaKeshia Myers and Sen. Lena Taylor will be hosting an HBCU College Fair TOMORROW at Vincent High School in Milwaukee. 

  Assembly Democrats Podcast

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Did you know that we have a podcast? Listen on Spotify or Apple Podcasts! The latest episode is available now!

They're short, sweet, and keep you up to date on the basic happenings in the Capitol. 

Session Day 

Yesterday, the Assembly was in session and voted on the following bills and resolutions:

Assembly Resolution 12          

Relating to: the Assembly rules* 

*ADA Accommodations

Assembly Resolution 13

Relating to: the Assembly rules**

**veto override

Assembly Resolution 7             

Relating to: proclaiming September 2019 as Workforce Development Month.

Assembly Resolution 8             

Relating to: recognizing October 10, 2019 as World Mental Health Day.

Assembly Resolution 9           

Relating to: Proclaiming October 20 to 26, 2019 as National Massage Therapy Awareness Week.

Assembly Resolution 10          

Relating to: honoring the public service of Police Chief Mike Koval.

Assembly Resolution 11         

Relating to: recognizing October 10, 2019 as World Homelessness Day.

Assembly Joint Resolution 50 (Senate Joint Resolution 27)        

Relating to: proclaiming November 1 as Electa Quinney Day in Wisconsin.

Assembly Joint Resolution 78         

Relating to: commending emergency response personnel across the state for their work during the July 2019 severe weather incidents.

Assembly Joint Resolution 83

Relating to:  recognizing and proclaiming Hispanic Heritage Month, a month-long celebration of the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Assembly Joint Resolution 85 (Senate Joint Resolution 66)       

Relating to: recognizing October 28, 2019, as First Responders Appreciation Day in Wisconsin.

Assembly Joint Resolution 88  (Senate Joint Resolution 69)     

Relating to: recognizing the contributions of the 115th Fighter Wing and showing support for basing F-35As at Truax Field Air National Guard Base in Wisconsin. 

Assembly Joint Resolution 89 

Relating to: commending and congratulating Mark Hogan on his retirement 

Assembly Joint Resolution 90 

Relating to: October as bullying prevention month

Assembly Joint Resolution 91 

Relating to: designating September 2019 and September 2020 as Ovarian  Cancer Awareness Month 

Assembly Joint Resolution 92  

Relating to: declaring September 8 to 14, 2019 as Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week in Wisconsin

Assembly Bill 112      

Relating to: eligibility of Washington Island Observer newspaper to receive compensation for publication of legal notices and the content of affidavits of printing filed as evidence of publication.

Assembly Bill 186  (Senate Bill 170)       

Relating to: allowing minors to operate temporary stands without a permit or license. 

Assembly Bill 189         

Relating to: transferability of courses between the University of Wisconsin System, technical college system, and tribally controlled and private colleges. 

Assembly Bill 300  (Senate Bill 266)      

Relating to: requiring political subdivisions and Marquette University to pay health insurance premiums for survivors of a law enforcement officer who dies in the line of duty and making an appropriation.

Assembly Bill 325       

Relating to: harbor assistance grant for the city of Green Bay and making an appropriation. 

Assembly Bill 426         

Relating to: trespassing on the property of an energy provider and providing a penalty. 

Assembly Bill 427        

Relating to: emergency medical services programs.       

Assembly Bill 451  (Senate Bill 433)     

Relating to: designating the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial Highway and directional signage for the Wisconsin 9/11 Memorial and Education center.

Assembly Bill 453  (Senate Bill 391)     

Relating to: lengthening the time during which tax increments may be allocated and expenditures for project costs may be made and extending the maximum life for Tax Incremental Districts Number Three and Four in the village of Lake Delton.

Assembly Bill 469        

Relating to: a nonrefundable volunteer fire fighters and emergency responders tax credit. 

Assembly Bill 471                    

Relating to: grants for Next Generation 911 and granting rule-making authority. 

Assembly Bill 472        

Relating to: an exception from local levy limits for certain amounts levied for charges assessed by a joint emergency medical services department. 

Looking Forward 

Office hours: We will be hosting more in-district office hours later this month. Currently, we are working through a list of requested appointments with constituents as well as overflow requests from the last month's office hours. We will return to announcing openings in a few weeks!

Let us know if you'd like to meet - we can schedule you for an appointment! 

Feel free to email or call my office with any questions or concerns, or meet with me at one of my in-district office hours or listening sessions.

Forward together,

Rep. Robyn Vining


Contact Us: 

State Capitol
P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708 

PH: (608) 266-9180
TF: (888) 534-0014

Email: Rep.Vining@legis.wi.gov 
Web: www.vining.assembly.wi.gov


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