January 2016

It is a busy time here in Madison! Happy New Year!!  This update will provide you with an overview of what I have been up to during the first couple of weeks of the new year and what you can look forward to in the coming weeks. I will keep you updated via email but you can also follow me on Facebook for more up-to-the-minute news, check out my website,or contact the office directly with any questions or concerns. Thank you for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me and my work on behalf of the 33rd Assembly District and Wisconsinites across the state!



Legislative Update

Early this month I introduced AB 625 creating a Osteopathic Medical College in Wisconsin. This would be the first new medical school in Wisconsin in over 100 years. The College would be built in Jefferson, WI after many months of collaboration between the city, county, and community. This project is funded first with remaining Building Project funds and any remaining balance needed would be secured through the state bonding process. This unique private-public partnership is built on an unprecedented 3 to 1 match with private donations required before the state provides any funding. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Committee on Colleges & Universities where we are working to secure a public hearing.

I am excited about this project and I believe it will serve both the people of the 33rd Assembly District and the State of Wisconsin well. We have a shortage of primary care physicians in this state that is only going to become more dire as our population ages. This new college will help to alleviate those needs in some of the highest need areas both rural and urban. This is also a great economic development driver providing not only jobs during the construction of the college but continuing to support various medical-related careers for the community, region, and state.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns regarding this bill. I look forward to hearing your comments.

Additionally the Assembly took the floor on Tuesday, January 12th to start the spring session of the legislature. I have included a link in the previous sentence highlighting the various initiatives we voted on including various bills focused on curbing the heroin epidemic in our state. We will also be taking the floor next Tuesday, January 19th. The calendar has not been finalized for that date yet.

Committee Updates

I have been actively involved in many committees this session including Education, Criminal Justice & Public Safety, Judiciary, and Campaigns & Elections. Below I will highlight some things that have been moving through committee:


-This committee will be meeting this Thursday in both a Public Hearing and Executive Session to discuss bills related to student mental health, robotics competitions, licensing to teach vocational subjects, and the Special Needs Scholarship Program among other items.

-My colleagues and I on this committee have also been discussing the topic of school district referenda the past few months. I am seeking input from my constituents asking them to weigh in on the following question:

"Would you support a bill that requires probationary periods of more than one year between school referenda?"

Please feel free to share your thoughts in a response to this email or via phone at 608-266-5715.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety:

-This committee has been working on a variety of bills related to child abuse & neglect, Internet crimes, and invasions of privacy. We are meeting both Wednesday and Thursday this week in Public Hearings and Executive Sessions.  I am proud to have cosponsored bills to protect some of our society's most vulnerable, children. 


-As the Vice-Chairman for the Judiciary Committee I have been very active in various initiatives moving through this committee including bills related to stricter penalties for people driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. We had an Executive Session and  Public Hearing last week and this week will be having an Executive Session on Thursday where we will discuss campground liability and public safety concerns related to certain tobacco retailers.

Campaigns & Elections:

-This committee met on Wednesday this week for a Public Hearing on AB 532-relating to the training period for election officials and terms for members of a board of canvassers. This bill makes commonsense changes to current state statutes. We took up this bill and AB 175 in Executive Session. I have also been working with my colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate to identify and remedy issues related to absentee ballots.


Upcoming Town Halls and Office Hours with
Congressman Sensenbrenner


Please stop by to share your questions or concerns:

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Helenville Fire Hall

N4751 N. Helenville Rd., Helenville, WI 53137

Sullivan Village Hall
500 Madison Ave., Sullivan, WI 53178

Palmyra Village Hall
100 W. Taft St., Palmyra, WI 53156

Saturday, March 5th, 2016

Jefferson Public Library

321 S. Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549
Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Fort Atkinson City Hall

820 E. Main Street, Eagle, WI 53119
As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or need more

information regarding meeting with me.

Constituent Update

Over the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to meet with many constituents from across the district both here in my office in Madison and throughout the communities that they live and work in. Below you’ll see a few pictures highlighting some of the visits we’ve had here in Madison.


Additional Resources

If you would a like a copy of a 2015-2017 Blue Book please click the link to request one via my website!

Check out this link to find Things to Do in your area this Winter!


Contact Me

State Capitol-Room 17 North – P.O. Box 8952 – Madison, WI 53708
608-266-5715 [Office] – 888-529-0033 [Toll-Free] – 608-282-3633 [Fax]


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