OCTOBER 29, 2015

Blue Book Blitz

In mid-November, I will be visiting several of the libraries throughout the district to pass out blue books, as well as meet and talk to constituents about any issues they may be facing. Here's a list of the dates and locations:


Bills Receive Hearings

This week, three bills that I authored had public hearings in the Assembly.

AB 400: Brings state law up to date with the most recent car seat safety guidelines for infants which will help parents make the best decisions when it comes to their children’s safety. 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. This bill does not create a new law or new penalties, it modifies current law to reflect best practices. Click here for more information.

AB 406: This bill brings Wisconsin into compliance with the new federal law in three areas: reasonable and prudent parenting standards for out-of-home care providers, limiting the permanency goal of “Other Planned Permanent Living Arrangements”, and reducing the age of youth receiving independent living services from age 15 to age 14. Click here for more information.

AB 407: The federal Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act of 2014 requires the Department of Children and Families to allow a successor guardian to be named in the event of a subsidized guardian’s death or incapacitation. The bill brings Wisconsin into compliance with the new federal law. Click here for more information.


Preparing to "Fall Back"

Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday as we “fall back” and set clocks back one hour. This is also a great time to check the things that keep us safe and ready for emergencies such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

To protect yourself and your family from carbon monoxide, follow these safety tips:

 1- Make sure you have working carbon monoxide detectors. All homes and duplexes in Wisconsin are required to have detectors on every level, including the basement, but not the attic or storage areas. Detectors can be purchased at most hardware stores.
 2- Have your furnace or wood-burning stove inspected annually. Hire a professional to make sure it is functionally sound and vents properly outside the home.
3-  Never run a gasoline or propane heater or a grill (gas or charcoal) inside your home in an unventilated garage, cabin, recreational vehicle, or tent. Any heating system that burns fuel produces carbon monoxide. Use a battery-powered detector where you have fuel burning devices but no electric outlets, such as in tents, cabins, RVs, and boats with enclosed cabins.
4- Never run a car in an enclosed space. If a vehicle is running, you must have a door open to the outside.
5- Generators should be run a safe distance from the home. Never run a generator in the home or garage, or right next to windows or doors.

Smoke Detectors-Three out of five home fire deaths happen from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the nation have smoke alarms that do not work, due, in most cases, to dead or missing batteries.

Emergency Kits- Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.

For more information on carbon monoxide poisoning, visit: http://dhs.wisconsin.gov/eh/Air/fs/CO.htm.
For tips on emergency preparedness: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov.

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 rep.loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov.  If you live outside the 31st Assembly District we will gladly forward your request to the appropriate legislative office.

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.

If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Update, please feel free to contact me.   

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