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A Busy Time of Year

As February starts, over 900 bills have been introduced in the Assembly and nearly 800 have been introduced in the Senate. Many bills are introduced in both houses so there are duplicates, but if you add in Special Session bills and Joint Resolutions over 1,000 different proposals have been offered for legislative consideration. The Governor has signed 136 bills into law so far this session (including 3 that I authored), which means there are a lot of bills still working through the process. 

Throughout the next several weeks, I'll be testifying on my bills in committee and advocating for them to be included on upcoming Senate and Assembly floor calendars. I also serve on the Joint Committee on Finance which will be meeting to consider bills that contain provisions affecting spending or revenue.  It’s a busy time, and I am thankful for my great staff for their dedication and support. We always appreciate your input and invite you to call or email anytime with your questions, comments, or concerns.

Locals Support Legislation

This week I was honored to have residents from Rock and Walworth counties come to Madison and testify in support of bills that I have authored.

Emergency Mental Health Access for Minors –Staff who work with homeless and unaccompanied youth in Rock County testified in support of AB 848 at a Public Hearing of the Assembly Committee on Mental Health. A student also attended the hearing to encourage passage of the bill. The committee heard the story of a teen who was unable to obtain parental consent for mental health services because she was living with a relative and her parents could not be reached. She waited almost a year to get services and hopes that other youth will get help sooner if the bill passes. Two Wisconsin psychologists also testified in favor of the bill.


CTE Grants for Fire and EMS
– A father and son from Walworth County came and testified in support of AB 872 at a Public Hearing of the Assembly Committee on Workforce Development. They told the committee about the recruiting challenges facing fire and EMS services that rely on volunteers to meet community public safety needs and stated that they thought AB 872 would help fill the volunteer pipeline by providing financial support to school districts and students who successfully complete Firefighter I, Firefighter II or EMT-basic training. The student award will help offset out-of-pocket travel expenses and testing fees associated with the coursework. Students also spend a significant amount of time in class on the evenings and weekends which may limit their ability to work part-time while they are taking a class. The bill is supported by several fire and EMS organizations as well the Wisconsin Towns Association. 


Very Important People

VIP Services, Inc. in Elkhorn, Wisconsin held its 33rd Annual Recognition Dinner to recognize their monthly Individual Award recipients. VIP’s mission is, “Empowering people with disabilities to explore and experience endless possibilities.” It was a lovely and inspirational event that showcased each of the individual honorees, and recognized the hard work of the staff, community partners, donors and all of the VIP participants.


Thanks For Visiting

Over the last couple weeks, several groups have visited my office! I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to come to Madison to talk to my staff and I about the issues that are most important to you!



It's Tax Time

Tax filing season is under way, and the Wisconsin Department of Revenue’s customer service team is ready to help you. Electronic filing is the fastest way to file your Wisconsin income tax return. It's safe and accurate and will help you get your refund faster. If you're expecting a refund, you can check the status with Refund 123.  

 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

State of the State: Click here to read the article. 

Bills pass Assembly: Click here to read the article.

My capitol office 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.   

Rep. Amy Loudenbeck 
State Capitol, Room 304 East
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

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