November 2015

It is a busy time here in Madison! The fall session of the legislature just wrapped up yesterday. This update will provide you with an overview of what I have been up to the past few months 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!





Please join me at my upcoming town hall meetings to  share your concerns:

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015-Dwight Foster Public Library
209 Merchants Ave., Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
Monday, November 23rd, 2015-Village of Sullivan Town Hall
500 Madison Ave., Sullivan, WI 53178

Monday, November 23rd, 2015-Town of Oakland Town Hall
N4450 County Road A, Cambridge, WI 53523

Monday, November 23rd, 2015-Jefferson Public Library
321 S. Main Street, Jefferson, WI 53549
Monday, November 30th, 2015-Alice Baker Library
820 E. Main Street, Eagle, WI 53119
Monday, November 30th, 2015-Powers Memorial Library
115 W. Main Street, Palmyra, WI 53516
Tuesday, December 1st, 2015-Town of Troy Town Hall

N8870 Briggs St., East Troy, 53120


Monday, December 7th, 2015-Town of East Troy
N9330 Stewart School Road, East Troy, WI 53120
Please note that more locations/dates/times may be available in different areas. 

I will keep you updated on those locations as they become available.

As always, please feel free to contact my office if you have any questions or need more information regarding meeting with me.

Legislative Update

The Assembly has been hard at work this session passing bills that keep Wisconsin moving forward! At our most recent floor sessions we passed legislation reforming  John Doe investigations in Wisconsin, reorganizing  the Government Accountability Board (GAB), and updating our campaign finance laws.

I am proud to announce that my bill with Senator Nass to reduce the size of multi-county library boards was signed into law (Act 99)  by Governor Walker last week. This common-sense law will help local library boards determine what size board will serve them best and help the municipalities they serve save money on costs associated with library board responsibilities. 

My Republican Assembly colleagues and I signed on to a letter to Director Carey of the Office of Refugee Resettlement in Washington, D.C. condemning the attacks in Paris late last week and asking that Wisconsin not be considered as a location for the resettlement of refugees from Syria. I am saddened, as I am sure many of you are, at this tragic loss of life in Paris and across the world at the hands of ISIS terrorists. We in Wisconsin pray with those who have been affected and ask our government to protect us here at home.


Committee Updates

I have been actively involved in many committees this fall 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 (11/19)  to discuss AB 469 relating to the use of changing rooms for pupils. I am a cosponsor of this bill because I believe it helps protect our school districts from liability issues. Schools, parents, and students need to work together to develop plans that best serve the student and I think this bill helps those stakeholders work together effectively.We have also been discussing a variety of bills related to school start date, funding for summer reading programs, and school choice.

Criminal Justice & Public Safety:

-This committee has been working on a variety of bills related to the sale of fetal tissue (AB 305), heroin & opiate abuse, and child abuse & neglect. You can read my thoughts regarding the sale of fetal tissue here in this press release. I am proud to have cosponsored bills to address the growing problem of heroin and opiate abuse and 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 the statute of limitations for second-degree or third-degree sexual assault (AB 252/SB 170) , battery and threats to a judge, a prosecutor, a public defender, or a law enforcement officer and providing a criminal penalty (AB 347), and bills related to stricter penalties for people driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. 

Campaigns & Elections:

-This committee held a public hearing and executive session on the bills related to GAB Reform (AB 388) and Campaign Finance Reform (AB 387). I was fortunate to be able to hear testimony from people across the state regarding these important legislative initiatives. I have also been working with my colleagues on this committee to identify and remedy issues related to absentee ballots.



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 Fall and 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]