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Elkhorn Schools Host PLTW Showcase

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) inspires students to question what’s possible. Last week the Elkhorn Area School District invited me to join 41 educators from across Wisconsin to visit their schools and observe their PLTW classrooms.

I participated in the elementary school tour where the PLTW “Launch” program taps into exploratory nature, engages students  in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering now and for years to come. For example, kindergarten students were making puzzles of a hand X-ray. After the classroom visits one student from each grade level sat on a panel so we could learn directly from the kids about their experiences. My visit was also Halloween dress up day which made it all even cuter!


Public Transportation Leadership Award

I have been to a lot of ribbon cuttings, but until last week I have never actually gotten to cut the ribbon! So I was especially thrilled when, after receiving the Public Transportation Leadership Award from the Wisconsin Public Transportation Association, I was able to hold the big scissors and cut the ribbon to celebrate Janesville’s brand new buses!

I received the award because I advocated for the creation of the Transit Capital Replacement Assistance Grant Program which helps communities purchase new buses with clean diesel technology. The grant program is funded with VW settlement funds for “eligible mitigation options” determined by the state. I was also recognized for my overall understanding of how public transportation supports people living and working in large communities like Janesville and Beloit who rely on city buses to get to work, school and medical appointments, as well as qualifying individuals in Walworth County who rely on Shared Ride Transit and Specialized Transit services.

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Two Public Safety Bills Clear Final Legislative Hurdle

I am pleased to report two more bills I authored passed the Senate yesterday and are headed to Governor Tony Evers for final action. This is in addition to my tax liability bill that has already been signed into law (2019 Act 15) this session, and two more of my bills that are awaiting final action (2019 AB 51 and 2019 AB 52).

Assembly Bill 427: makes technical changes to current law which will allow communities in Wisconsin to qualify for a new and innovative federal pilot program called ET3 or 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 medical needs of Medicare beneficiaries following a 911 call. I am excited about this bill and the opportunity for Wisconsin communities to apply for the ET3 Pilot. If approved for the ET3 pilot, emergency responders, in consultation with a physician, may determine a patient can be best served at an urgent care or other non-acute care setting. As we know, Emergency Room visits are expensive, and may not always be the right place for someone calling 911 to receive the care they need. The pilot will provide data on patient outcomes and potential cost savings to help inform future EMS and health care related policy decisions.

Assembly Bill 471requires the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) to begin the rule-making process for grants to Public Safety Answering Point (PSAPs) to purchase, update, and maintain Next Generation-911 (NG-911) equipment. NG-911 is a nationwide, standards-based, emergency communications infrastructure enabling voice and multimedia communications like text, images, video, and data between a 911 caller and a 911 center, and on to first responders in the field. The public expects PSAPs to do a lot of things they simply can’t with the equipment they have. We know the technology needed to update PSAPs to NG-911 is expensive, but we don’t know how many total PSAPs we will need in Wisconsin because the strategy for statewide implementation is still in development. The bill requires DMA and the 911 Subcommittee to start the rule-making process, while the statewide implementation is being finalized with the expectation that grant programs will be funded in the next budget.

Welcome Emily!

I'd like to introduce a new staff member in my office, Emily Anderson. Emily joined my office in mid-September as my legislative aide. Emily graduated from Craig High School in Janesville and recently received a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Biomedical Microbiology from UW-La Crosse. 
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Blue Books Arrived!

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.

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.

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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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