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IMG_1697.JPGHarmony Elementary's Third Grade class visited the Capitol for a tour and put on a wonderful lunch time concert! 

2017-2019 Budget Process Update

This past week we received the Legislative Reference Bureau's analysis of Governor Walker's proposed 2017-2019 budget. That document is available to the public by clicking here. Over the next couple of weeks, the Joint Finance Committee will be scheduled for agency briefings. This is when several agencies will come before the committee to testify about their budget requests.

Extensive information and links related to the proposed Executive Budget are available here.  

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14141560_1200374933318418_200991004440931223_n.jpgWalworth and Rock County Farm Bureaus met with legislators during their annual Ag Day at the Capitol on March 8th.  Seems like just yesterday I was scooping ice cream in Elkhorn at the Walworth County Farm Bureau tent! 

EMT Language Update Bill Passes Assembly

AB 59 updates statutory references for emergency medical technicians and first responders and aligns Wisconsin terminology with federal language and current practices. I became aware of Wisconsin using a different set of terms when working on a bill related to mobile integrated health and community emergency medical services. I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to get this bill to the Governor’s desk to modernize these definitions and make our state statutes and future legislation easier to understand. For more information about AB 59 click here.

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Rock County's District Attorney, David O'Leary visited with two of his colleagues to discuss issues facing district attorneys in Wisconsin.

Community EMS

Last week, I began circulating a bill to create and define community paramedics (CPs) and community emergency medical technicians (CEMTs) for co-sponsorship. LRB-0116 will allow for Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to operate in a non-emergency setting, under the medical direction of a physician, to provide treatment outside of a hospital. 

I've been working with a large group of stakeholders and colleagues to develop a bipartisan bill that each of the stakeholder groups feels will encourage mobile integrated health with the proper regulation. 

Community Emergency Medical Services (CEMS) is part of what many people associate with Mobile Integrated Health (MIH).  In its simplest definition, MIH is the provision of healthcare using patient centered, mobile resources in the out-of-hospital environment. It may include services such as: working with the local hospital to provide community paramedicine care, chronic disease management, preventive care or post-discharge follow up visits. 

Allowing for the development of a CEMS program will allow hospitals, private ambulance companies, and municipal EMS providers to develop new strategies for delivering quality care, in the right place, and at the right time.

As more and more communities consider establishing CEMS, one of the challenges they encounter is a lack of state standards to follow, and no specific qualifications or guidance regarding services that can be provided. This bill creates training standards, sets parameters for working with a hospital, and gives the Department of Health Services (DHS) the ability to approve individuals for a credential and various training programs.

The bill will be formally introduced next week and will then be scheduled for public hearings.

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Donna from Beloit Zonta came to my office to meet on issues that women are facing and what their organization is doing to help. 

 In the News

I've decided to start this new section of my e-update to include links to stories that have run in the local newspapers to make sure you get to see what I'm saying on important issues coming up in the legislature. Hopefully you'll find this new section helpful.

AB 70: Click here for the Gazette Article

Great Lakes Basin Railroad: Click here for the Beloit Daily News Article

I-39/90 Project: Click here for the Gazette 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.

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

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