The Week in Review
Awareness to Reduce Distracted Driving
Hello, I’m state Representative Jessie
Most people are always looking at their cell phones and with summer right
around the corner orange cones will begin lining the streets and freeways as
road crews prepare for construction season. Now is the time to focus on safe
According to the Department of Transportation, in 2015, distracted driving
accounted for more than 24,000 car accidents in Wisconsin. That means every
22 minutes there is an accident caused by distracted driving and it is even
more dangerous in a construction zone.
In Wisconsin, it is illegal to use a cell phone while driving through a
construction zone unless you are operating a hands-free device. And speeding
in construction zones is not only dangerous, potentially causing harm to you
or others, but if caught, the penalty automatically doubles.
You can commit to driving safely by turning off your phone or downloading an
app that prevents notifications while driving.
So, remember to slow down and put the phone away while driving. You’ll be
happy you did and it could even safe your life.
Next week will be the last e-update from my office until after the fall
election. In accordance with state campaign laws, all legislative offices
that are up for re-election are prohibited from sending mass communications
from the office after April 15 of that year.
Although I will no longer publish an e-update until after the fall election,
my staff and I will still be responsive to any and all concerns related to
state government. If you have questions, concerns or issues that require
attention from my office, we are ready and willing to continue assisting
you. I look forward to your continued communication with my office.
Bill Signing Ceremony
This week, two
bills I authored were signed into law;
Senate Bill 390 and
SB 390 allows for the expansion of the Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC),
a drug rehabilitation program that has brought remarkable success with a
focus on building sober households.
The FDTC is an alternative drug rehabilitation model that helps those
suffering from addiction, whose children were removed from their home,
develop a pathway to sobriety while creating a safe environment for their
AB 551 eases the process and clarifies state law for separated parents
when one decides to relocate to another location outside of their current
policy eliminates confusion in state law regarding custody and placement
when a parent intends to move 100 miles or more away from the other parent.
The law creates a clear process for parents who want to find a fair and
workable placement or custody arrangement that reduces the likelihood of