State Representative Janel
Anniversary of the Most Beautiful Building in Wisconsin
In my opinion, the
Wisconsin State Capitol is the most magnificent and
breath-taking building in the state of Wisconsin. From
the outside, the white granite of the four wings and
dome make it a remarkable sight, able to seen all across
Madison. In fact, the dome is one of the largest granite
domes in the entire world. The statue that stands
proudly atop the dome, appropriately named "Wisconsin",
perfectly embodies our state motto, "Forward", with her
right arm outstretched towards the horizon.
When you walk inside, you
are greeted by marvelous marble and granite floors,
walls, and columns. Standing in the center of the
rotunda, you can look up and see the dome mural painted
on the ceiling, which has representations of the natural
resources of our state. Between the four arches of the
Capitol interior are four beautiful glass mosaics.
"Legislation", "Government", and "Justice" represent the
three branches of the state government, and "Liberty"
represents one the core values of our great nation.
I believe the Capitol
building itself reflects the value of the great state of
Wisconsin and the people that live here, and has done so
for 100 years now. Our state has a natural beauty that
rivals any other, and we as a people are committed to
the ideals of freedom and self-governance represented in
the artwork on display in the building. If you ever get
the chance to come visit and see the awe-inspiring
sights of our Capitol, I urge you to do so. After all,
as a citizen of Wisconsin, it belongs to you.
It's splendor cannot be accurately described with words
alone, and a true appreciation can only be achieved
In addition to an in-person
visit, an online virtual tour of the Capitol building is
With it, you can view the Rotunda, Assembly Chambers,
Senate Chambers, the Governor's Office, the Supreme
Court, and many more locations in the building.
"Right of Way Bill"
Yesterday, Governor Walker
signed into law AB 201, also known as the "right of way
bill". Over the past few months, I worked closely with
ABATE of Wisconsin, members of law enforcement, the
insurance industry, and the Department of Transportation
to improve how right of way (ROW) violation are treated
in Wisconsin. The product of this collaboration was AB
Under this bill, there is
now consistency in how ROW violations are treated. All
violations, whether they be failure to yield at a stop,
failure to yield at a traffic light, or any others, now
require the driver to take a roadway user's safety
course. While all offenders now have to take this
course, the bill eliminates the automatic suspension of
a person's drivers license for a violation that results
in only minor injuries. A person's license will still be
automatically suspended if the violation results in
great bodily harm to another.
I would like to thank
Governor Walker for signing AB 201 into law. I would
also like to thank Senator Olsen and his staff, ABATE of
Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Bikers Association, the
Wisconsin Sheriffs Association, the Wisconsin Chiefs of
Police Association, the Wisconsin Troopers Association,
AAA Wisconsin, and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin
for their support of AB 201, and the role they played in
helping me draft this legislation.
Governor Walker Signs AB 201 "The
Right of Way Bill"
My many thanks to ABATE for their
commitment to making our roads safer.