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COVID-19

COVID-19 is a virus that has not previously infected humans and information about its rate of spread and its effects is still largely unknown, which makes it incredibly important to be highly cautious in dealing with the current situation. On March 11th, the World Health Organization officially declared COVID-19 a pandemic. On March 12th, Governor Evers declared a public health emergency with executive order #72.


Please continue to find the most current information on the Department of Health Services (DHS) website, which has guidance that is updated regularly for travel, self-quarantine, and school districts, among other important information.

 Early Voting

As many of you know, Wisconsin's spring election is set for Tuesday, April 7th.

Registering to vote online: If you haven't voted at your current residence before and want to avoid in person registration, you can do so by registering online here before Wednesday, March 18th. After that you can still register to vote, but it must be done in person.

Voting Absentee By Mail: Wednesday, March 18th is the deadline to request a ballot be mailed to you. You can request a ballot be mailed to you online here.

Voting Early in Person: Many local municipalities also offer in-person absentee voting which means you can go to to the polling location and vote early. Contact your local clerk and see where the polling location is and what the hours are. If you go in to vote, some extra precautions you could take include bringing your own black pen with you to vote and making sure you wash your hands.

For more information visit the Elections Commission website.

Helpful Resources

DATCP: As consumers prepare for the possibility of disruption to their daily lives as a result of COVID-19, Wisconsin retailers are working to meet the increased demands of consumers across the state. Often, when demand for specific products is extremely high, or supplies are limited, prices will rise. This can be frustrating, and consumers may feel like they are being taken advantage of. For more information, click here.

DWD: has many resources available for those who may face issues with work during this time, including work share. Read more here.

PSC: has directed water, electric, and natural gas utilities to cease disconnecting residential service for nonpayment until the state public health emergency has been lifted. Read more here.

Internet: News of several providers waiving fees and offering resources have been announced over the last week. Check with your local service providers and see what options may be available to you.

 Tips for Being at Home

Working: This week, many people are transitioning to working from home. To help you stay focused, productive and well-balanced, we put together the following links to tips for working at home. These tips should complement your employer’s specific policies and may not apply to every individual situation. I work at home often and what helps me the most when I am on the computer all day is to have a setup where I can alternate between sitting and standing and take breaks to go outside and visit the goats!

https://www.pcmag.com/news/get-organized-20-tips-for-working-from-home

https://stackoverflow.blog/2020/03/12/working-from-home-tips-from-our-experienced-remote-employees/

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/03/work-from-home-distractions-productivity/

 

Learning: If you have little ones at home and haven’t discovered the Wisconsin PBS-Kids channel, now might be a good time to check it out!  Content is available 24/7 and includes favorites like “Sesame Street” and “Sid the Science Kid”. 

  • Over-the-air: For over-the-air antenna users, the PBS Wisconsin PBS KIDS channel will be available on 21.4 for those that receive their signal out of Madison. Here is a link to the broadcast map for other parts of the state - PBS kids channel will be grouped with PBS Wisconsin, The Wisconsin Channel, and Create. You may need to rescan your channels if it is not showing up right away. 
  • Cable/Satellite: PBS Wisconsin is offering all four channels to cable and satellite providers. If you are a cable user and not able to find the new PBS Wisconsin PBS KIDS channel, ask your provider whether the channel is in your line-up. If not, ask them to consider adding the channel. Channel number assignments are determined by your provider.
  • PBS KIDS Video app: The PBS KIDS Video app is available for users of mobile devices, tablets and platforms such as Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Chromecast.
  • Live Stream: The PBS Wisconsin PBS KIDS live stream is available right here.

If you are seeking educational resources for kids at home the PBS Education website also offers links to educational content for all different ages.

Legislative Update

I'm happy to report I've had two more bills signed into law by Governor Evers. 

Assembly Bill 472: Joint EMS Districts became 2019 Act 133

Assembly Bill 503: Floating Treatment Wetlands became 2019 Act 177.

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Spring Newsletter

You may have recently received my spring newsletter in the mail. For those of you who haven't, you can see it here.

 ICYMI: In Case You Missed It

Janesville Gazette: Bill suggested by Elkhorn school officials passes Assembly

Janesville Gazette: Loudenbeck sponsors bill asking for public notification when violent criminals are released from prison system

WCLO: Episode with Stan

Lake Geneva Regional News: Ag, Justice bills pass Assembly

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

Toll-Free (888) 529-0031 or (608) 266-9967
Rep.Loudenbeck@legis.wi.gov| |