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Coronavirus Information and Update



Below is a list of updates that I would like to share with you during this challenging time for all of us. 

On Tuesday, Governor Evers announced that he is directing DHS to limit social gatherings to 10 people or less to help slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Additionally, he announced some changes that affect our schools and students, bars and restaurants, and more.

No gatherings of 10 people or more is being implemented at 5pm Tuesday evening. The following are some of the places excluded from this rule:
      • Transportation, such as airports and mass transportation
      • Childcare facilities
      • Government, such as law enforcement, national guards, state and local government, and the courts
      • Healthcare facilities
You can find a full listing of exemptions by clicking here. 

Schools Closed Indefinitely
The previous school closure deadline of April 6th has been changed. The statewide school closure will remain in place for the duration of the public health emergency. The Department of Public Instruction has said it will waive a state-mandated hour requirement for districts that file for a waiver.

Federal Tax Filing Extension
Earlier this week, the IRS announced that the U.S. government will be giving most Americans an extension on filing their 2019 income tax bills. Millions of Americans will have another 90 days to pay their bills; interest and penalties will be waived as well.

UW-Madison Moves Classes Online 
The state's largest university has announced the rest of the semester will be online. Chancellor Rebecca Blank announced this week that the university is shifting to an "alternate delivery of courses from March 23 through the end of the spring semester, including final exams." The communication states that students will get more information once the plans are finalized

State Department Health Advisory 

The U.S. Department of State has advised all U.S. citizens to forgo any form of upcoming foreign travel. Today it issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory. It has also advised U.S. citizens who are currently abroad to arrange for immediate return to the states.

Department of Transportation Changes

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has announced a series of changes to its in-person operations, beginning with statewide closures of all DMVs on Friday, March 20 for a deep cleaning of each location.

  • Beginning Monday, March 23, all DMVs will require those seeking new driver’s license or ID cards to schedule an appointment.
  • Licenses and CDLs that are set to expire during this public health emergency will be automatically extend for 60 days.
  • All drivers skills tests are canceled until further notice is provided.

Conservation Congress Canceled

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has ceased all in-person public events at state parks and has canceled the Natural Resources Board meeting scheduled for April 7-8.

  • The department, in conjunction with the Conservation Congress, has also canceled the 72 public meetings to be held in counties on April 13.
  • Public input for the Conservation Congress will be taken online beginning at 7 p.m. on April 13.

Vote Absentee

Election officials across the state are encouraging residents to request a mailed absentee ballot to vote early in the April 7 election. If you are concerned about your or your loved ones' health, it is an easy and safe way to allow you to continue to participate in the democratic process. Residents should go to to request their ballot.

Call to Donate Blood 
The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage and donors are urgently needed. Blood drive cancellations are happening like no other time in recent history and its inventory is at critical levels.  If you are healthy and can donate blood, call 1-800-Red-Cross or go to to find a blood donation location closest to you. 

Volunteer Opportunities 
The United Way of Wisconsin and other groups have created an online portal for individuals who are looking for volunteering opportunities in their community. Visit Volunteer Wisconsin for more information.

This is a stressful time for our country. Please remember you may at any time call or email my office with any questions about the virus or what can be done to stop the pandemic. My staff and I will work to deliver all relevant and useful information to those who ask. 

My office toll-free number is (888) 529-0025 and my email is


Guidelines from the White House to Slow the Spread of the Virus



How to File for Unemployment Benefits Online


For fast, up-to-date information and to apply for unemployment benefits, please head to

This website also contains information:

-For employees: The majority of people applying for unemployment benefits can complete their claim online. Receiving unemployment benefits is a two-step process:

  • Apply online - The week you become unemployed, file your application online and do not wait to file. For more information, instructional videos, and to apply, please visit
  • File your weekly claim - After you have applied online, you will need to file a claim certification each week. This will require you to answer a series of questions. You must continue to file a weekly claim certification for each week you would like to receive benefits. You can find more information at

DWD has a helpful claimant handbook that can be found at It contains important information and instructions about your eligibility for benefits and how to protect your rights to those benefits under the Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance law.

Employers can also find information on: 

DWD has a helpful Wisconsin Unemployment Insurance Handbook for Employers, which can be found at

If you have difficulty finding the information you need, please use the search bar located at the top of each page by typing in keywords.

Frequently asked questions about the COVID-19 Coronavirus and Wisconsin Unemployment Benefits.


Look for my Interview with the CBN this Monday!!


This Monday, an interview I did with the Christian Broadcasting Network this fall will air on their network. 

This interview will focus on my life before becoming a born-again Christian and how my my faith impacts my responsibility as a state legislature. 

This Fall, a CBN producer and two photographers came to my capitol office and then met with me the next day in my home in Manitowoc. I hope my story encourages viewers to realize that knowing the Lord is a blessing, and serving Him can extend even to political office.

Check your local listings to find the broadcasting time. Click here for the 700 club website. 

20191113_090936(resize).jpgI had a great time working with the staff of the CBN for this interview. Thank you for coming up to Wisconsin for this occasion!


Request a Blue Book Today!

Blue Book Order.pngThe 2019-2020 State of Wisconsin Blue Book is now available. It's published biennially by the nonpartisan Legislative Reference Bureau. The Blue Book is a valuable source of information on state government, the legislative process and the history of our state. The featured article in the book is called: A HERO'S WELCOME, How the 1919 Wisconsin Legislature overcame divisions to enact innovative veterans legislation following World War I. If you would like a copy of the Wisconsin Blue Book to be sent to you, please contact my office at


Useful Links regarding the Virus

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  P.O. Box 8953
  Madison, WI 53708-8953
  Phone: 1-888-529-0025


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