SEPTEMBER 18, 2015

Car Seat Bill

This week Rep. Chris Taylor (D-Madison), Sen. Luther Olsen (R-Ripon) and I circulated legislation that would update passenger safety laws for infants. Wisconsin currently allows a child over 1 year old to sit in a front-facing car seat. However, recent evidence clearly shows keeping young children in rear-facing car seats until they are at least two years old maximizes their safety and their chances of surviving serious car crashes.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recommend that any child under the age of 2, who has not outgrown their car seat, should be in a rear-facing system. And they have the evidence to back it up. According to AAP, a 2007 study found that children under age 2 are 75 percent less likely to die or be severely injured in a crash if riding in a rear-facing car seat.

We need our state law up to date with medical and safety guidelines. Our proposed legislation requires that infants be in a rear-facing car seat system until they are at least two years old and advises that children over age two, but under the maximum height and weight requirements for a rear-facing system, can be rear-facing until they outgrow the requirements.

Here's an additional news story regarding the legislation from CBS 58 in Milwaukee.


Above: James Otterstein, Rock County Economic Development Manager, Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, Former Sen. Tim Cullen, Brian Doudna, WEDA Executive Director

This week I was honored to receive the Wisconsin Economic Development Association (WEDA) Legislative Champion Award. This award is given to legislators that provide legislative leadership with regards to advancing Wisconsinís economic development programs and policies. Specifically, the award recognizes legislators who frequently solicit input and feedback, while utilizing the expertise of Wisconsinís economic development professionals.

Above: Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, Scott Manley Vice President of Government Relations at WMC, Lonna Morouney and Lucas Vebber Director of Environmental & Energy Policy at WMC.

My Chief of Staff, Lonna Morouney was also honored this week by Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC). She received the Working for Wisconsin Award for her work during the last legislative session with Workforce Development. Congratulations Lonna!


Family Care Update

 I wanted to share the following information about the upcoming opportunities to provide input regarding the changes to Family Care. The 2015-2017 State Budget, Act 55, directed the Department of Health Services to make a number of changes to the Family Care and IRIS Programs. The Department is holding public hearings throughout the state in order to receive testimony from interested parties.

Testimony may be submitted in-person at one of the public hearing locations listed below, as well as by email or U.S. Mail. Written testimony is due by October 11, 2015.

Send email testimony to:
Please note: Standard, unencrypted public email is not considered appropriate for sending confidential information. Your privacy is important to us. Do not send sensitive, personal information, such as an account number or social security number, when corresponding to the email address provided.

U.S. Mail
Send written testimony to:
Department of Health Services
Division of Long Term Care
Family Care and IRIS 2.0
P.O. Box 7851, Room 550
Madison, WI 53707-7851

Public Hearings: Participate In-Person or via a Webcast

September 21, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Northcentral Technical College

Rooms: E101/E102
1000 W. Campus Drive
Wausau, WI 54401
Participate in the public hearing via a webcast

September 21, 2015
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Hayward High School
10320 N. Greenwood Lane
Hayward, WI 54843-7167

Participate in the public hearing via a webcast

September 23, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 Noon
Goodman Community Center
Evjue Community Room D
149 Waubesa Street
Madison, WI 53704

Participate in the public hearing via a webcast

September 28, 2015
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
LaCrosse Public Library Auditorium
800 Main Street
LaCrosse, WI 54601
Participate in the public hearing via a webcast

October 6, 2015
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wilson Park Senior Center
2601 W. Howard Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53221
Participate in the public hearing via a webcast


Walworth County Fair

  I had a great time at the Walworth County Fair this year, and would like to share a video capturing many of the highlights of the fair with you.

Watch it here:

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.

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