Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness
I am pleased to announce I was selected by the Assembly Speaker to serve on the Taskforce on Youth Workforce Readiness. This taskforce will seek new ways to appeal to younger members of Wisconsinís workforce to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry, construction trades, and other technical fields.

The primary goal of the taskforce will be coming up with new strategies to encourage Wisconsin youth to pursue careers in the trades, manufacturing industry and technical fields. Members will explore ways to improve collaboration between schools, technical colleges and local employers; increase awareness of apprenticeships and internships in these fields; and examine future industry needs and challenges facing our state.

The taskforce will hold its first meeting on September 10th in Room 412 East in the State Capitol. Dr. Tom Johnson of the School District of Beloit will be speaking to the taskforce about Beloit's career tech programs. You can read more about their program here:

Update on Human Trafficking Poster and Awareness Campaign

Earlier this year, I authored legislation (Act 5) to create a public awareness campaign to combat human trafficking. This new law requires the Wisconsin Department of Justice to create a human trafficking awareness poster with information about the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) and national hotline number (1-888-373-7888). 

The awareness campaign and poster can help reach victims who believe they have nowhere to turn for help. A simple text or call to the hotline can put the victim in touch with a case manager at the NHTRC who will then connect the victim with local services.

In order to launch a successful public awareness campaign, complete and accurate resource information must be available to case managers at the NHTRC hotline including local crisis response, shelter options, food/meals, clothing/necessities, healthcare, counseling/advocacy, life skills training, child care and legal services. The Wisconsin Crime Victims Council and the Wisconsin Women's Council are collaborating with the NHTRC to build up the Wisconsin referral directory used by the NHTRC Hotline. If you know of an organization that should be listed in the hotline directory, email the Crime Victims Council.

1.       I was proud to author this bill which is the third piece of anti-human trafficking legislation that I have authored during my time in the legislature.

New Blue Books

The 2015-2016 Blue Books have arrived! If you would like a complimentary copy, please send an email including your first and last name and complete mailing address to  If you live outside the 31st Assembly District we will gladly forward your request to the appropriate legislative office.

Walworth County Fair

I had the pleasure of honoring some fantastic seniors at the Walworth County Fair with Sen. Steve Nass and Rep. Tyler August. Each year, a handful of seniors are selected for their volunteer work and community dedication. Congratulations to this year's winners: Betty Rucks, Bill Thompson, Christine Jones, Joann Kooistra and Jim & Ann De Bogert.

Don't Wait. Communicate.

Donít Wait. Communicate. September is National Preparedness Month. Wisconsin Emergency Managementís ReadyWisconsin campaign says now is the perfect time to talk to everyone about getting ready for an emergency or disaster.

This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available.

Getting information before, during, and after an emergency can be difficult. One of the best ways to get warnings of impending and current dangers is with a NOAA Weather Radio. These radios will alert you to storms headed your way. Other emergency information is also broadcast using this system. Emergency messages are also delivered directly to your cell phone through Wireless Emergency Alerts. These alerts are free and the software is preloaded on most cell phones. Through these alerts youíll receive a short text message about the pending danger.

For more information go to ReadyWisconsin website:

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