April 9, 2021


Mursau Bills Get Senate Hearings

This week was a busy week for committee meetings in Madison, and it definitely kept me on my feet around the building. In addition to regular hearings and executive sessions for committees I serve on, such as the Agriculture Committee and the Education Committee, a number of my bills also received public hearings in the Senate.
On Wednesday, I was proud to speak in favor of my bill, Senate Bill 187, in front of members on the Senate Committee on Transportation and Local Government, where I shared the reason I crafted this bill and how it will help our communities. This bill would allow village officers to also serve as village employees, which would make it easier for municipalities to fill these essential positions. On Thursday afternoon, I also spoke in front of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy about two more of my bills, Senate Bill 248 which updates and improves our E-cycle process in the state, and Senate Bill 269 which increases UTV weight limits. I appreciated the opportunity  to advocate for all of these bills, and I hope to see the committees take action to advance them in the near future. 

Upcoming Budget Hearings &
Budget Survey Coming Soon!

As a reminder, the Joint Finance Committee, the state's budget writing committee, has an upcoming public hearing on Wednesday, April 21 from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm at the Hodag Dome in Rhinelander. While they will be holding several other public hearings during April, this one is closest to our area besides the virtual one. The public hearings will be streamed on Wisconsin Eye, and the remaining scheduled hearings for the committee are:  

If you would like to submit a comment to the Joint Finance Committee, you can do so online or by emailing: Budget.Comments@legis.wisconsin.gov

In past sessions, I've also sent out a budget survey to folks in the district to get direct feedback on a number of big issues that are addressed in the budget. Since many offices are sending out surveys around now, the printing and mailing process can take a number of weeks. Right now, I'm finalizing the survey and it should be heading to our printers later this month, then it's off to mailboxes around the district.

I'll keep you informed on when you should expect to receive the paper version, and will include a link to the digital version once the mailing begins. In the meantime, please always feel free to reach out to share your thoughts or ideas on how we should craft this sessions state budget. Your input plays a key role in crafting the end product, so I always appreciate hearing from you. 

DWD Unemployment Update 

Though I've thankfully seen unemployment issues get resolved faster and faster these past weeks, there's still folks around the district who are encountering delays or problems with their unemployment claims. As a legislator, I'm able to reach out to DWD and make an inquiry on your behalf if you are having problems come up with your unemployment claim or trouble getting information or updates back from the agency.

Click here to request an Unemployment Claim Inquiry

First "Historic Wabeno" Art Challenge Announced

I'm pleased to share an exciting opportunity for artists in the area. The Friends of Wabeno has announced their first "Historic Wabeno" Art Challenge, open to anyone who would like to create an original piece of artwork showcasing Wabeno's history and culture. Along with being displayed at the Wabeno Logging Museum over the summer, there will also be awards given out, and an opportunity for the artists to sell their work. The challenge will conclude at the Annual Wabeno Art & Music Festival on August 7, 2021. 

The application is available on the Wabeno Art & Music Festival website, along with challenge guidelines, deadlines, resources and ideas. Folks with questions about the challenge can contact Mary at mfbeck@charter.net, 608-628-0757, or by sending a message through the festival's website. Applications are due on May 15, so now's a great time to get creative!

Get Ready for Spring Turkey Season!

With the weather finally warming up more, we can tell spring is here. That means spring turkey season in Wisconsin is just around the corner. For folks ready to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors after the long winter months, the 2021 Youth Turkey Hunt will happen on April 17-18, and Period A begins the following Wednesday, April 21. More information on taking part in the spring turkey season can be found on the DNR's website. Stay safe and happy hunting!

COVID-19 Quick Links

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Follow the Legislative Action

In order to stay up to date on any legislation, proposals, or your legislator, a free notification service is available through the Wisconsin State Legislature's website. You can sign up for nightly personalized email notifications based on our state's legislative activity. This is a wonderful way to stay informed about state politics and proposals that you are interested in.