Shortly after Matt and
Tricia Verhaalen lost their daughter Alison to cancer
they contacted me about creating a special license plate
to help raise support for the fight to cure childhood cancer. The
license plate which will read "Help Cure Childhood
Cancer" will also help to raise money for the MACC fund.
MACC (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer) was
founded by Milwaukee Bucks star Jon McGlocklin who was
on hand to help roll out the license plate. I
would like to extend a special thank you to the
Verhaalen's for having the courage to stand up and to
Senator Duey Stroebel for taking the senate lead on the
bill. The bill is expected to have a hearing in
See the story.
Trafficking Bill AB 489 Gets Hearing:
The Guardian ran a story recently
reporting that Milwaukee has become known as the
"Harvard of human trafficking" in the United States. In all of Wisconsin, human trafficking
has been on the rise and and traffickers know how to
work the system. Pimps use the unfettered access to
"healthcare clinics" as a way to provide birth control,
abortions and STD treatment for their "workers".
The fact that Wisconsin's health care providers are
exempt from our mandated reporting laws allows pimps to
keep these workers on the street. Pimps keep these
victims (generally young girls) secluded from the rest
of society, hence health care workers may be their only
chance of rescue. I have authored a bill (AB 489) that
would require health care providers to report to law
enforcement when a child is being abused. State
Representative Tom Larson who chairs the Family Law
Committee held a hearing on the bill Tuesday December
8th. I believe that with a few minor changes to the bill
the committee will pass the legislation.
See the bill here.
Repeal Minimum Mark-up:
One of the
many things left on our list of things "To do" is repeal
the state's minimum mark-up law. The law prevents
retailers and gas stations (along with liquor and
tobacco stores) from offering the lowest prices
possible. The law passed in 1939 and repealing it has
been a topic of conversation for several sessions.
Wisconsin is one of 16 states that have this type of
Once again our friends over at MacIver Institute have
summed up the issue nicely.
See the story here.
God Bless Wisconsin!