May 14, 2021

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May Floor Session

While the budget process continues to move forward, the Assembly held a floor session this week to consider a number of important bills.

Elder Abuse

Abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly has grown significantly over the past two decades. Currently, one in nine seniors reports having been the victim of abuse, but this number is likely underreported.

Our elder abuse package aims to protect seniors from financial abuse by empowering financial services providers and securities industry professionals to act in cases of suspected exploitation. These actions include better channels to report and notify of suspected elder abuse and allowing financial professions to refuse or delay financial transactions in suspected cases of exploitation.

The package also brings penalties for crimes against elder populations in line with those of other vulnerable groups. 

Campaign and Elections Bills

The Assembly passed legislation that prevents private corporations from providing funds to targeted municipalities. The Wisconsin Elections Commission would need to allocate any private funds across the state on a per capita basis.

We also passed a bill which allows homeschooled students to serve as election inspectors (as their public and private school-educated peers already can), as well as a bill which increases public notice of noncandidacy when an incumbent local elected official decides not to run for re-election.

Southern Border Crisis

Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke and President Pro Tempore Tyler August recently toured the Del Rio Sector of the U.S.-Mexico border and heard from local officials about the need to address the humanitarian and national security crisis occurring there. Among the troubling statistics--sex offender apprehensions are up 2,433%, criminal migrant apprehensions are up 265%, and cartels are making millions of dollars a week in the human trafficking business. In response, the Assembly passed a resolution asking Governor Evers to send aid, including the Wisconsin National Guard, to assist with efforts at the border.

Convention of States Resolution

I am happy to report that Assembly Joint Resolution 9, which I introduced with State Senator Kathy Bernier, passed the Assembly on Tuesday. It now awaits passage in the State Senate.

Upon passage in the Senate, this legislation will formally submit Wisconsin's application to Congress for a convention of the states under Article V of the U.S. Constitution for the purpose of proposing amendments which:

  • Impose fiscal restraints (e.g. "Balanced Budget Amendment")
  • Limits the power and jurisdiction of the federal government
  • Establish term limits

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress...

An Article V convention has not yet occurred in our nation's history. However, the founders included it in the Constitution as an essential mechanism to preserve the balance of power between the states and the federal government. By empowering the states to call a convention, the Constitution safeguarded a way for the states to assert themselves in the face of an overreaching federal government. It was one of the few items that was included in the Constitution with no debate.

Any proposed amendments would need to follow the usual ratification process under the Constitution. Three-fourths (38) of the states are needed to ratify. This is the highest bar that exists in the Constitution. This, combined with "faithful delegate" laws which are already on the books in Wisconsin (and most of the states which have submitted such applications), ensures that the fears of a "runaway convention" are unfounded.

Washington is broken and we cannot rely on the federal government to fix itself. It is time to bring the states together to consider how we can bring the federal government back from the fiscal brink.

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Community Events

 Germantown

Event: State of the Village

Date and Time: May 20th from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM

Location: Village Hall - N112 W17001 Mequon Road

Description: In-person and virtual viewing. Register here.

Menomonee Falls

Event: Multi-Subdivision Rummage Sale

Date and Time: May 20th thru May 22nd

Description: Contact Rebecca Turley here by May 18th to be included in the participant map and free promotions.

Glendale

Event: Bayshore Art & Artisan Fair

Date and Time: May 15th from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and May 16th from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Bayshore - 5800 N Bayshore Dr.

Description: More information here.