November 22, 2019

Deer Hunting: A Wisconsin Tradition

This weekend marks the beginning of one of Wisconsin's most time-honored traditions: Gun Deer Hunting Season. Wisconsin is recognized as one of the country’s premier white-tailed deer hunting states with an abundant herd and over seven million acres of lands open for public hunting.

While out in the woods, please be safe and remember the four basic rules of gun safety

T: Treat every firearm as if it is loaded.

A: Always point your muzzle in a safe direction. 

B: Be certain of your target, what is in front of it and what is beyond it. 

K: Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until you are ready to shoot. 

For help with buying a hunting license, learning the regulations or additional help with safety, please visit the DNR website.


New Circuit Court Branches

In addition to taking up the bills that I discussed in last week's e-update, the Assembly voted in favor of Assembly Bill (AB) 470 during session last week. AB 470 creates up to 12 new circuit court branches throughout Wisconsin, the first in more than a decade, which will have a positive impact on the judicial system.

This bill authorizes the creation of up to four branches per year in 2021, 2022, and 2023, and allows the State Director of Courts to determine where these new branches could be located based on areas where an additional judge would have the greatest impact. Counties looking to add judges will be required to receive support from their county board and have appropriate facilities in place.

This bill aims to improve the efficiency of Wisconsin's judicial system and help get criminals off the street sooner and alleviate case backlogs. Ultimately, AB 470 works to make our communities safer.

As always, I encourage you to follow my updates on social media or contact my office directly with your questions. Best wishes on your weekend!

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Mobile Career Lab

The Department of Workforce Development’s new Mobile Career Lab is ready for use throughout the state to bring the services offered by job centers directly to individual communities.

This state-of-the-art mobile center brings all the services available through a brick-and-mortar job center directly into communities that need them, including assistance with recruitment drives, help in rural and under-served areas, or appearing at school job fairs. This is just one of many tools to connect employers with potential employees and help fill Wisconsin's more than 94,000 open jobs.


Reminder: Order Your Blue Book Today

The 2019-2020 State of Wisconsin Blue Book is now available. This book has been published biennially since 1853 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 Wisconsin. If you would like to receive a copy of the Wisconsin Blue Book free of charge, please contact my office at You can view the book online here

Office of Rep. Terry Katsma
State Capitol, Room 306 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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