March 4, 2022

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Government Accountability Hearing

After a marathon week of floor sessions, I returned to Madison on Tuesday to chair a public hearing of the Government Accountability and Oversight Committee.

During this hearing, we heard testimony on four bills:

  • Assembly Bill 683 would provide PTSD coverage for paid, full-time emergency medical personnel under the workers' compensation program. This bill builds on previous legislation that extended PTSD coverage to firefighters and law enforcement.
  • Assembly Bill 985 would prohibit inclusion of COVID-19 vaccination status on state-issued documentation. This bill is being amended to ensure that this does not apply to individuals requesting records from the Wisconsin Immunization Registry. The amendment will also ensure that vaccination cards can still be provided. 
  • Assembly Bill 986 would prohibit the state from entering into contracts with businesses that restrict entry or services to people unvaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Assembly Bill 1061 would require the state's biennial Blue Book to include both the Wisconsin State Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. As the official go-to reference guide for state government, it makes sense that the Blue Book would include this information.

Blue Books

Speaking of Blue Books, if you would like my office to mail you a *free!* copy of the 2021-22 Blue Book, please fill out this form.

Occupational Licensing Delays

The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a catastrophic level of incompetence in the Evers administration. My office helped scores of constituents who were forced to wait for several months for their unemployment claims.

Unfortunately, the problems in the executive branch have spread to other state agencies. In particular, my colleagues and I have received an alarming increase in complaints recently regarding occupational licensing at the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS).

DSPS is responsible for licensing dozens of professions as varied as physicians, electricians, auctioneers, and cosmetologists. When these people can't get their licenses issued or even renewed, it spells serious problems for both the individuals as well as the businesses that want to hire them.

My office has received horror stories related to DSPS on a weekly basis. Some individuals have had to submit new applications after waiting for months because DSPS lost their initial application. Others have lost out on job opportunities because their license didn't get renewed in time. This is unacceptable, especially during a workforce crisis.

I am currently involved in legislative efforts to hold this department accountable, and we will be taking action in the coming weeks. If you have had problems with state licensing, we would like to hear your story and help in whatever way we can. Please reach out to my office.

Community Events

Germantown

Event: Coffee and Conversation with Germantown Police Department
Date and Time: March 15th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Location: Latitude Cafe - W156 N9636 Pilgrim Rd

Menomonee Falls

Event: Ladies' Night - "Celebrate the Shamrock"
Date and Time: March 10th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Menomonee Falls Downtown - N88 W16712 Appleton Ave
Description: Play bingo and enter to win fun raffle prizes from local businesses.

Mequon

Event: Red Cross Blood Drive
Date and Time: March 11th from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary - 11831 N Seminary Drive 65 W
Description: Set up your appointment here.

Glendale

Event: Free Professional Headshots
Date and Time: March 5th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: North Shore Library - 6800 North Port Washington Rd
Description: Register here.

 
 

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