Honoring Detective Joel Bateman of Oak Creek


On Tuesday I presented Detective Joel Bateman of the Oak Creek Police Department with the First Responder of the Year Award. This award was created in 2019 to honor first responders from around the state for their outstanding service to their communities.


Detective Bateman has been with the Oak Creek Police Department for 26 years. In that time, he has demonstrated outstanding leadership characteristics on the tactical team at the Oak Creek Police Department, and has excelled as an instructor, training law enforcement officers and members of the community alike on safety measures.


We are so lucky to have Detective Bateman in Oak Creek and are grateful for his service. Please join me in thanking him for his service to our community!

Thanks for Visiting!


On Wednesday, members of the 128th Air Refueling Wing Community Council and the South Milwaukee Lions Club were in Madison for a tour of the 115th Fighter Wing at Truax Field. While they were here, they were able to take a tour of the State Capitol and visit with Legislators. Thank you for coming to visit and thank you for your service to the State of Wisconsin and our community.

Trick-or-Treating around the 21st Assembly District

The citywide trick-or-treat times in our community can be found below. Be safe and have fun!


October Floor Session Highlights

The Assembly was on the Floor on Tuesday and Wednesday, making this a busy week in the Legislature! We took up a couple different packages of bills.


Fixing Foundations

The Fixing Foundations package of bills aims to address the growing workforce housing shortage in Wisconsin. The availability of affordable housing is an issue that is affecting rural and urban communities in Wisconsin alike. The package of bills that passed on Tuesday aims to provide safer, more affordable housing options across the state. I’d like to highlight a few of the bills in this package.


Assembly Bill 156 (AB 156) would encourage the construction of new housing complexes by establishing a Wisconsin Workforce Housing Tax Credit – modeled after Wisconsin’s Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) – to incentivize the construction of workforce housing.


Assembly Bill 610 (AB 610) updates state appraisal practices to ensure fair and equal property tax assessments. This bill prohibits assessors from using projected rents, list and asking prices, or price trends to determine fair market value. Property taxes should not be subject to ever-changing housing prices.


Assembly Bills 156 and 610 passed with unanimous support and will now go to the Senate for consideration.



Time for Life

On Wednesday we considered a package of bills aimed at reducing the instances of induced abortions in Wisconsin. I’d like to highlight a few of the bills for you.


Assembly Bill 36 (AB 36) would, with certain safeguards in place, allow a woman to obtain hormonal contraceptives through a prescription from a pharmacist. In many circumstances women in our state may find it difficult to make an appointment with their primary care doctor or OB/GYN to get a prescription for birth control – whether it be because she lives in a rural area that is far away from her doctor, or because she works multiple jobs and has little free time. This bill will increase access to contraceptives by allowing pharmacists to prescribe them. Many of our rural Wisconsinites live closer to their pharmacy than they do to their doctor, and pharmacies have extended and weekend hours that can increase access for women who have busy schedules.


Assembly Bill 539 (AB 539) prevents an individual from being denied an organ transplant because they have a mental or physical disability. The Prenatal Diagnosis Information Act (AB 594) requires physicians to give certain educational resources and information to expectant parents who receive a prenatal or postnatal congenital condition diagnosis, and the Shield the Vulnerable Act (AB 595) is a common-sense bill that seeks to prevent discrimination by prohibiting abortions based solely on sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, or diagnosis of a congenital disability.


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