JANUARY 30, 2015
New Website Launched

Last week my office launched a new and improved legislative website. This upgraded website is user-friendly, allowing people to easily locate information about my office and read the latest news about Legislative actions. My goal is to keep the website and social media pages up-to-date with the most current information from my office so my constituents get the best service possible.

The website has links to office contact information, press releases, e-updates, district information, a kids education page and timely legislative updates. The overall framework of the website is mobile-friendly, allowing for users to access the site with their smartphones and tablets.

The website can be found at:  http://legis.wisconsin.gov/assembly/31/loudenbeck


Two Bills Introduced


During the last few weeks, I have introduced two pieces of important legislation. The first, Assembly Bill 10 which I co-authored with Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine), will help to protect victims who are being abused, harassed or threatened from out of state by clarifying when the court has personal jurisdiction in certain actions for restraining orders or injunctions in cases of domestic abuse, child abuse or harassment.

 

Restraining orders issued in Wisconsin are fully enforceable in every other state, so if the stalker or abuser violates the Wisconsin order while located in another state, law enforcement can prosecute that individual entirely under the laws of the other state, simplifying the process and saving resources.
 

 The second, Assembly Bill 16, I co-authored with Senator Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). It is aimed at helping victims of labor and sex trafficking. The bill requires the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) to create and make available posters with the national human trafficking resource center hotline. Under the bill, the DOJ shall encourage establishments such as truck stops, hotels, salons and hospitals to display the poster.

 

The hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is staffed by trained individuals who determine the best course of action for the caller. The hotline is anonymous and confidential, and is accessible in 170 languages.

Since 2007 there have been 662 calls to the hotline from Wisconsin, 146 calls were made in 2014 alone. To report possible human trafficking or to obtain information on services for trafficked persons, call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).

 

If you are interested in following the progress of either of these bills, or any other bills going through the legislature, you can sign up to get notifications by clicking here.
 


Budget Address and Budget Process Overview

 Governor Walker will deliver his Budget Address next week Tuesday, February 3rd at 7:00pm. The Budget Address will be aired live on Wisconsin Eye, you can watch by clicking here. Governor Walker's address is the first step in the process for the state budget. Following the address, the Joint Finance Committee will meet to introduce the budget.

The budget is then given to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), which is a legislative service agency tasked with providing fiscal and program information and analyses to the Wisconsin Legislature, its committees, and individual legislators. LFB will take about 4 weeks to analyze the budget.

The committee will then begin having agency briefings at the end of February or the beginning of March. This allows the committee to meet with the agencies and hear directly from them about specifics within their budget requests.

After the briefings, the committee will begin holding public hearings. Traditionally there are four hearings held in different areas of Wisconsin. Following the public hearings, the committee will begin to hold executive meetings on the budget in April, hoping to complete action before Memorial Day.

After the committee is completed, the budget will head to the Assembly and Senate floor, just like any other bill, with the plan to be on the Governor's desk to be signed by late June.


My Capitol office at 306 East is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.

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Email: Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov

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