March 12, 2021

  

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Joint Finance Committee Budget Listening Sessions

With the budget work in full swing, legislators want to know your priorities for the state budget. To that end, the Joint Finance Committee (budget committee) is holding four committee listening sessions throughout the state. The Joint Finance Committee listening session schedule is: 

  • Friday, April 9 - UW Whitewater, Whitewater
  • Wednesday, April 21 - The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander
  • Thursday, April 22 - UW Stout, Menomonie
  • Wednesday, April 28 - Virtual

The Joint Finance Committee has also created a dedicated email address for input on the budget: budget.comments@legis.wisconsin.gov. They've also created a website that provides an opportunity for Wisconsinites to share their budget thoughts and priorities with the committee at large: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments

In addition, I am working on setting up listening sessions in the district with Senator Felzkowski. As we're working on the final details, I will have more on my in-district listening sessions to share in the coming weeks.  

Upcoming Assembly Floor Sessions

While this week has been rather slow in Madison, next week the Wisconsin Assembly will be meeting twice to take up a number of important bills. Many of these bills were worked on last session but we were unable to pass them because of the pandemic abruptly ending the session. Some of those reintroduced bills up for a vote include the following bipartisan bills which I'm a co-sponsor of:

  • Assembly Bill 7 - requires Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) to be licensed and creates more consumer protections on prescription drug prices.
  • Assembly Bill 34 - guarantees insurance coverage for pre-existing conditions at the state level for an added layer of protection for patients.
  • Senate Bill 13 - allows dentists, who have already had medical training, to administer certain vaccines, including the COVID-19 vaccine to help get shots distributed.

The floor sessions can be watched online at WisconsinEye or the action can be followed on the Assembly InSession webpage. 

Assembly Agriculture Committee Update

While this past year, it often feels like everything revolves around COVID-19, it can be reassuring to know that the legislature is also continuing work on non-COVID-19 related bills. For example, this week, I had the opportunity to meet in Madison with my colleagues on the Assembly Committee on Agriculture to hear from folks around the state on a number of bills, including three bills that were re-introduced from last session:

  • Assembly Bill 54 - updates farmland preservation implementation grants, agreements and tax credits
  • Assembly Bill 73 - changes regulations relating to labeling food as a type of dairy product or as a dairy ingredient
  • Assembly Bill 74 - changes regulations relating to labeling food as a type of milk product or as a milk ingredient
  • Assembly Bill 75 - changes regulations relating to labeling food as a type of meat product or as a meat ingredient

I appreciated the chance to hear folks thoughts on these proposed law changes, and welcome any thoughts or insights you may have on these bills as well. 

DWD Unemployment Update 

Despite continued efforts to get through the backlog of unemployment claims, Wisconsinites have continued to experience delays in determinations and payments. As a legislator, I'm able to reach out to DWD and make an inquiry on your behalf if you are experiencing issues or delays with your unemployment claim.

Request Unemployment Inquiry

COVID-19 Quick Links

Below are some quick links to essential COVID-19 resources and information:

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.