May 14, 2021
Thank you for reading my weekly e-update. This week was another busy week in Madison with Assembly Floor Session. I'm looking forward to sharing what I've been up to this week with you.

Fair Funding for Elections

Many of you have reached out to me about your concerns regarding the integrity of the 2020 election. I am happy to share that this week the Assembly passed Assembly Bill 173 (AB 173) which prevents private organizations from using funds to attempt to infiltrate and influence the administration of our elections.

Since the most recent presidential election, it is obvious that the confidence in our election outcomes is diminishing. This bill will protect election integrity by requiring outside funds to go through Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) before it is allocated to the local governments. WEC will distribute the funds across the state on a per-capita basis. In addition, AB 173 prohibits issue advocacy organizations from working as election officials.

I support this bill and believe it is a step in the right direction to impede election fraud. By helping to prevent dark money and suspicious activity from occurring in our local elections, this bill can increase confidence in the integrity of our local elections.

Star Spangled Banner Act

I voted in favor of Assembly Bill 226 which requires the National Anthem to be played at any publicly-funded venues in Wisconsin. The National Anthem unites citizens by advocating national pride and reminds us we are all proud Americans. I believe the passing of the Star Spangled Banner Act by bipartisan support is an important step in honoring military members who fought for our freedom.

Ending Elder Abuse

This week, I voted to pass Assembly Bill 44, 45, and 46 which addresses elder abuse. With Wisconsin’s senior population on the rise, I believe it is important to protect against elderly abuse by providing criminal penalties when such situations occur.

AB 44 increases penalties for crimes against the elderly as well as remove barriers when elders are seeking a restraining order. AB 45 and AB 46 address financial issues against elders. The two bills provide a guide for professionals to notify agencies and family members selected by the elder to report suspected financial exploitation, but also to allow financial institutions to delay transactions when exploitation is suspected. Together, these three bills will help protect against elder abuse and provide penalties to those who commit abuse.

National Skilled Trades Day

On May 5th, National Skilled Trades Day was celebrated which aims to raise awareness for in-demand high paying jobs. From mechanics to electricians, jobs in the trades are near 100 percent job placement with a higher median salary than those who graduate with a 4-year bachelor degree. The trades are essential for communities and with the recent drop in interest and increased push to pursue a 4 year degree, many contractors are having trouble finding skilled workers.

We need to encourage more people to enter the trades field as they are extremely important to our community. People in the trades are true artisans as they put their blood, sweat, heart, and soul into their work to benefit the community. They rarely ask for the credit that is more than deserved and they should be recognized for their hard work. 

Upcoming Events in the Area

Last week I included upcoming events in the 29th District. With more and more events being held once again, I am looking to start sharing information about upcoming community events in my e-updates. Do you know of any upcoming events around the 29th District? If you do, please contact my office and let me know, so I can include it in a future e-update and try to attend myself.

Syttende Mai Festival

Saturday, May 15 in Woodville -click here for event details

Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts Community Celebration

Saturday, May 22 from 2pm-10 at 205 Main St E, Menomonie

 

Have a great weekend,

Rep. Moses
29th District
State Representative


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