MARCH 29, 2016

 2015-2016 Session Highlights

The legislative session is drawing to a close. The Governor has signed 285 bills into law to date this session, with many more waiting for his signature. A total of 1006 Assembly Bills and 795 Senate Bills were introduced this session. With 99 Representatives and 33 Senators working to get their bills passed, I am pleased to report that I was the primary author of 9 bills that have been or will soon be signed into law by Governor Scott Walker. Five of my bills were related to child welfare and combatting human trafficking, two were related to domestic violence prevention, one was related to the implementation of a legislated variance to reduce phosphorus discharges, and the final bill expanded the Family Care benefit to eligible disabled and elderly residents in Rock County. Details of my legislative accomplishments will be provided in my spring newsletter which will be mailed out shortly to residents of the 31st Assembly District!

 I-39/90 PSA

Recently, I filmed a Public Service Announcement on the I-39/90 expansion project. As many of you know, this road construction project includes many changes in Rock County. PLEASE BE ALERT and SLOW DOWN in work zones.

Click Here to see the PSA.

 Voting Information

The Wisconsin Spring Election is Tuesday, April 5th.

To find your polling place, see a sample ballot or any other election related information, click here.

Voter ID is now required at all polling locations in Wisconsin. To see acceptable forms of ID or for more information on Voter ID, click here.

 Go Wild

Looking for outdoor adventure? The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is making it easier than ever to get out and Go Wild by offering key licenses and registrations all in one place. The new Go Wild system is right at your fingertips and available 24 hours a day.

You can check out the website by clicking here.

Taxes Due

The tax filing deadline is less than one month away and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to file their income tax returns by the deadline. Your return must be received or postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 18. The deadline is extended this year because of the emancipation holiday in Washington, D.C. on April 15. Here are some tips to make the filing process easier:

  •  Pay your taxes online. The department offers easy online payment of your taxes on its website.
  • Use our self-service options. Use links to income tax forms and instructions or find answers to common questions about preparing your tax return, tax credits and much more.
  • File an extension with the IRS if you won't make the April 18 deadline. You must request an extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 18 to avoid penalties. Go to the IRS website at and search "extension" for more information. Taxpayers who file an extension request with the IRS automatically receive an extension from the state. Keep a copy of the IRSí federal extension application (Form 4868) for your records.
  • Get free tax help at one of more than 200 Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) sites across Wisconsin. For more information, visit and search "free tax help." Call 2-1-1 to find free tax assistance sites in your area.
  • Download the WI Revenue mobile app (available in the Apple and Android app stores) and watch tax assistance videos, check the status of your return or refund, find VITA sites, take action if you received an ID Verification letter, and more.
  • Call customer service during off-peak hours at (608) 266-2772. The customer service hours are 7:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The best time to call is Tuesday-Friday, especially in the afternoon. The call center is the busiest on Mondays and during the lunch hour.

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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