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
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.
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
are interested in following the progress of either of these bills, or
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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.
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