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First Responder of the Year

October is First Responder Appreciation Month, and last week the State Assembly honored First Responders from across Wisconsin during our session day. I am excited to share that Walworth County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Nelson was named “First Responder of the Year" for the 31st Assembly District! Deputy Nelson and Walworth County Sheriff Kurt Picknell attended the ceremony at the State Capitol for this well-earned recognition.

Deputy Nelson has been serving Walworth County since 2001. As Community Resources Officer for the Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Nelson was involved in the Operation Click and National Night Out programs. He has also been an integral part of security and active shooter response training for local school and county personnel. Deputy Nelson recently accepted the position of School Safety Officer at Lakeland School in Elkhorn.

I am thankful for Deputy Dan Nelson’s service and am pleased to recognize his unwavering dedication to Walworth County. A special thank you to all First Responders for their service!

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Friend of the Counties Award 

Last week, the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) presented me with the 2019 WCA Friend of County Government at the WCA Annual Conference in Sauk County.

The WCA Friend of County Government award is the highest honor given by the Association to an individual who has performed outstanding service to county government in their official capacity. The leadership team at WCA shared the following quotes outlining their reasons for selecting me to receive this recognition.

“Representative Loudenbeck has demonstrated an incredible passion and unwavering dedication to advancing the interests of counties here in Wisconsin,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “She has been a true champion for counties and the taxpayers, and we are so proud to present her with the 2019 WCA Friend of County Government Award. The voice of counties is so much stronger with Representative Loudenbeck in our corner. Without her leadership over the past nine years, counties would have fewer resources to address the statewide challenges of today. We are grateful to her for all her work.”

“Since her election, Representative Loudenbeck has been a tireless advocate for not only the two counties her district represents, but every county in the state,” said WCA Director of Government Affairs Kyle Christianson. “Her work on critical issues including supporting county efforts to combat the meth and opioid epidemic, raising awareness of the fiscal challenges facing Wisconsin’s 72 counties, championing efforts to upgrade the county 911 systems, supporting county fraud detection efforts in public assistance programs, and leading the charge for additional investment in our child welfare system have been critical to advancing and strengthening the state-county partnership.”

I am incredibly honored and humbled to receive this award. County government provides many of the essential services we rely on every day. Check out their new “Day in the Life of Counties” video for a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day operations of counties in a 24-hour period.

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Five Bills Receive Votes in the Senate and Assembly

Last week, two bills I authored were passed by the State Senate and now head to Governor Evers for his signature.

Assembly Bill 51: would allow a minority teacher who works in a public, private, or tribal school in a Wisconsin school district in which minority students constitute at least 40% of the membership to be eligible to apply for student loan forgiveness. The current program is limited to schools in the City of Milwaukee and the program is underutilized.

Assembly Bill 52: would allow a minor who is 17 years of age and is confirmed to be both unaccompanied (not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian) and homeless (living situation is not “fixed, regular, and adequate”) to contract for admission to a shelter facility or transitional living program.

 

Three additional bills I authored passed the Assembly and now head to the Senate to be scheduled for hearings. 

Assembly Bill 427: makes changes to current law, as requested by the Department of Health Services, so that communities in Wisconsin can apply for a new and innovative federal pilot program called ET3 which stands for Emergency Triage, Treat, and Transport. ET3 is a voluntary, five-year payment model that will provide greater flexibility to ambulance care teams to address the immediate medical needs of Medicare beneficiaries following a 911 call.

Assembly Bill 471: requires the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) to start the rulemaking process for a grant program for Public Safety Answering Point (PSAPs) to purchase, update, and maintain Next Generation-911 (NG-911) equipment. NG-911 is an initiative aimed at updating the 9-1-1 service infrastructure to improve public emergency communications services in a wireless mobile society. In addition to 9-1-1 voice capabilities, NG-911 intends to enable the public to transmit text, images, video, and data to a 9-1-1 center.

Assembly Bill 472: grants the same exemptions that exist currently for joint fire departments for the creation and operation of a joint emergency medical services (EMS) district. This would allow local municipalities who would like to form a joint EMS district, without forming a joint fire department. The intent of current law is to allow communities to band together, when appropriate, to potentially provide a higher level of fire protection or combined fire protection/emergency medical services at a lower cost than would be possible for them to provide on their own.

Thanks for Visiting 

Several groups have recently visited my office to share their concerns and priorities or to let me know what they are working on. I enjoy visitors and love it when people have the opportunity to come to Madison to talk to me, my staff and my colleagues about issues that are important to them!

Pictured below are representatives of the “A-Team” and Kandu Industries who traveled to Madison for a Day of Advocacy. The A-Team started in Wisconsin to unite persons with diverse abilities and their families to advocate in a grassroots effort, create awareness in the community, and advise those who care for our citizens with special needs ensuring a full array of choice.

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New Blue Books Coming

Published biennially, the Wisconsin Blue Book is a valuable source for information about the State of Wisconsin. First published in 1853 as a manual for legislators, the Blue Book has evolved into a useful tool for the state’s residents, as well as a historical record of Wisconsin state government. The Blue Book’s mission is to furnish the legislature and the public with information on state officers and governmental organization, along with statistical information and articles of general interest.

My office will be receiving the 2019-2020 Blue Book in the next couple of weeks. If you are interested in receiving a copy of the new blue book, or missed out on the 2017-2018 blue book and would like a copy, email Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov with your name and address and we will send one to you!

You can read more about this year's blue book, the feature story about World War I Veterans, and even take a look inside by clicking here.

 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Janesville Gazette: Legislators recognize Walworth County sheriff's deputy, Linn police chief

Janesville Gazette: Janesville to show off new city buses

WCLO: Local Legislator pushes for more minority teachers

WCLO Podcast: 9/18/2019 Representative Amy Loudenbeck Assembly (R) District 31

WPR: Bill Seeks to Boost Pay Progression Funding for Public Defenders

Rotunda Report: "Justice Support Initiative" Bills Would Continue Investment in Criminal Justice System by Legislature

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

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
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