February 18, 2022

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Bail Reform Amendment

This week, the Assembly voted to set into motion the process for a constitutional amendment that will change the way that bail is done in Wisconsin.

This amendment would add Wisconsin to the 48 other states which currently permit courts to consider a defendant's danger to the community when setting bail and pre-trial release conditions. Currently, Wisconsin is extremely restrictive regarding the considerations that the court may take in fixing the amount of bail beyond guaranteeing appearance in court.

Constitutional amendments require a years-long process that involves a direct referendum of the people. First, the legislature must vote in favor of the question twice over the course of two consecutive sessions. Once the second consideration is approved, the question will go directly to a statewide vote.

Rep. Cindi Duchow (R-Delafield) has been working tirelessly on this issue for years, and I am happy to support her efforts. The bill passed on a strong bipartisan vote, 72-23.

Please click here to watch my floor speech.

State of the State
This week, Governor Evers gave his "State of the State" address. You can watch it here and the Republican response from Senator Devin Lemahieu (R-Oostburg) here.

Our state is in a strong place fiscally, but it took years of solid conservative reforms to build the surpluses that allow us to continue cutting taxes and making record investments in our state. He also took credit for how much federal money he has handed out, failing to mention that he has been sitting on nearly $2 billion in federal pandemic aid over which he has sole discretion.

There is so much work left to be done, and unfortunately our governor failed to mention anything about our workforce shortage or the rising crime that has occurred under his watch. Don't forget that he has spent the past three years vetoing one bill for ever five he signed, the highest veto rate in our state's history. The state of Wisconsin is strong, but undoubtedly weaker than it could be on his account.
Bethlehem Lutheran School Visit

Yesterday, I was able to welcome fourth graders from Bethlehem Lutheran School in Germantown to the Capitol! They were able to see the Capitol at its busiest, with a floor session under way and a large lobby day from ABATE, a motorcyclist rights group. I always enjoy greeting students as they come to learn more about our state government.

Community Events

Germantown

Event: Cabaret: On With the Show!
Date and Time: February 19th from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Germantown Performing Arts Center - W180 N11501 N River Ln
Description: Enjoy an evening of musical performances by the GHS choir students! Proceeds go to support the GHS choir program. Mocktails, Hors d’oeuvres, & Preshow entertainment start at 5:30pm. Live show begins at 7:00pm. Virtual silent auction closes at 9pm.

Menomonee Falls

Event: Genealogy: Vital Records - Birth, Death, Marriage Records
Date and Time: February 23rd from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Description: Vital records are records of major life events. Find out what is contained in these records and how to find them. Register here.

Glendale
Event: Something Rotten! A Very New Musical
Date and Time: February 23rd from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Location: Nicolet High School Fine Arts Center
Description: More information here.

River Hills

Event: American Cross Blood Drive
Date and Time: February 22nd from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: St. Christopher's Episcopal Church - 7845 N River Rd

 
 

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