April 30, 2021

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Spring Budget Survey

My spring budget survey is now live!

Every session, legislators collect public input on the state budget in a variety of ways. In addition to the listening sessions that we are scheduling during the upcoming month, the spring survey helps us to collect important feedback on the state's priorities.

Thousands of paper surveys will be hitting mailboxes in the coming weeks, which you are welcome to return by post. You may also submit the survey online at the link here.

Regulatory Licensing Reform Bills

On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform heard a set of bills that would streamline licensing/credentialing and remove unnecessary regulatory barriers.

Assembly Bill 152 exempts smaller-scale building and plumbing plans from review requirements by the Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS). DSPS approval can take months, which causes delays which are compounded by the short annual construction window.

Assembly Bill 218 streamlines professional licensure by giving credentialing boards the ability to delegate authority to DSPS to approve/deny applications.

Assembly Bill 93 removes a certification requirement that emergency medical responders must take the examination for the Natoinal Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. This relatively recent requirement has proven to be an unnecessary burden to entry, and eliminating it will help us recruit and onboard more EMS volunteers.

State Affairs Bills

On Wednesday, I joined my colleagues on the State Affairs Committee to hear some diverse bills.

Assembly Bill 162 would gradually adjust quarterly aid payments to school districts so that schools receive four equal payments, rather than a larger payment in June and a smaller payment in September.

Assembly Bill 171 would allow organizations with a Class B raffle license to conduct "paddlewheel" raffles, which are popular and harmless fundraisers technically not allowed under state gambling laws.

Assembly Bill 226 would require the performance of the national anthem at sporting events held in venues built with taxpayer dollars.

Assembly Bill 231 would allow the Department of Revenue to issue retail alcohol permits for racetrack grounds.

Community Events

 Germantown

Event: "Little Women" The Musical

Date and Time: April 30th and May 1st at 7:00 PM, May 2nd at 2:00 PM

Location: W180 N11501 N River Ln

Description: In-person and livestream tickets available.

Menomonee Falls

Event: American Red Cross Blood Drive

Date and Time: May 5th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Location: American Legion Post 382 - N88 W16652 Main Street

Description: Choose a donation time here.

Mequon

Event: International Migratory Bird Hike

Date and Time: May 8th from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Location: Mequon Nature Preserve - 8200 W County Line Rd

Description: Meeting at Swan Road parking lot. Register here.