October 22, 2021

  

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Rep. Mursau's Farm-Raised Bovid Bill
Receives Senate Hearing

This week, my Farm-Raised Game Bovid Bill (Assembly Bill 598/Senate Bill 563) in the Sporting Freedom Package took another step towards the Governor's desk. The Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues held a public hearing on the bill, where I joined Senator Testin in speaking in favor of its passage. 

Bovidae is the biological family of mammals that includes bison, buffalo, water buffalo, antelopes, wildebeest, hartebeest, sheep, boats, muskoxen and domestic cattle, and a member of this family of animals is called a bovid. The bill I introduced with Senator Testin aims to expand the opportunities for Wisconsin hunters by allowing them to hunt non-native bovids on game farms. Some of these bovids are already being raised on game farms in Wisconsin, but are sent out of state to be hunted due to current law.

Whether raised in Wisconsin or brought here for the purpose of the hunt, these species will add to the diversity of choices for Wisconsin hunters and will make our state an even more attractive destination for sportsmen and women. We had a good discussion during the hearing, and from questions raised, I've worked with Senator Testin to continue to fine-tune this bill into one I hope to see get signed into law. 

Upcoming Floor Sessions Next Week

Looking ahead, next week the Assembly will be on the floor on Tuesday and Wednesday to vote on a number of bills and to recognize the First Responders of the Year from each district. The votes will cover a number of topics, but many of them will address workforce, housing and right to life issues. Many of them you may recognize, since I've had a number of these covered in past Questions of the Week. The sessions can be watched live in person or on WisconsinEye.

Some of the bills on Tuesday's planned schedule include: 

  • AB 115 - creating an individual income tax subtraction for tuition paid for apprenticeship programs
  • AB 156 - addressing state workforce housing income and franchise tax credit
  • AB 208 - the maintenance and repair of private roads
  • AB 314 - promoting the export of Wisconsin's agricultural and agribusiness products
  • AB 366 - snowmobile noise and the operation of snowmobiles, ATVs and UTVs near highways
  • AB 401 - exempting 50/50 raffles from license requirements
  • SB 449 - grants to schools to provide critical incident mapping data to law enforcement agencies
  • AB 491 - regulating travel insurance
  • AB 603 - a shovel-ready workforce housing development site program
  • AB 607 - workforce housing rehabilitation loan program
  • AB 605 - municipal workforce housing incentive program

Some of the bills on Wednesday's planned schedule include: 

  • SB 16 - requirements for children born alive following an abortion or attempted abortion
  • AB 36 - allowing pharmacists to prescribe certain birth control
  • AB 539 - prohibiting discrimination in organ transplantation on the basis of disability
  • AB 560 - required topics in a human growth and development instructional program
  • AB 593 - requiring informed consent for certain abortion-inducing drug regimens
  • AB 595 - prohibiting sex-selective, disability-selective and other selective abortions
Celebrating Forests Products Week

This week is Forest Products Week in Wisconsin, which highlights the importance of our 17 million acres of forested land that provide raw materials for the forest products industry, recreational opportunities and the ecosystem. The industry contributes $24.5 billion in goods and services and provides $7.1 billion in value added each year to the state. 

The forestry industry is a major employer in the state as well, accounting for 3.8% of state output with 64,000 jobs, representing almost 12% of all the state's manufacturing jobs. In 31 counties in Wisconsin, including Forest, Langlade, Marinette, Oconto, and Shawano Counties, forest products industry is one of the top ten employers, and every 10 jobs in the industry support an additional 13 jobs in other sectors in the state.

With the importance of forestry in Wisconsin and particularly the Northwoods, this week is a great time to learn more about how the forestry industry has contributed to our state. 

Question of the Week: 
Tuition Rates for Children of UW-System Alumni

Tuition is a major factor for our kids to consider as they decide what their next steps will be after high school. Currently, Wisconsin has a workforce crisis across many sectors in our economy, and the worker shortage is causing a noticeable strain on our local businesses. Rep. Dallman has recently introduced a new bill that aims to ensure our workforce continues to grow in the long-term to meet our economic demands. The bill would require the UW-System to provide in-state tuition rates to children of UW-System alumni regardless of where they currently reside. 

Supporters of the bill say it will help bring workers into the state and encourage them to get the education and training needed to meet the workforce needs. They also say that encouraging children of alumni to return to Wisconsin can also attract them to remain here after college to work and start a family, further boosting our economy. Supporters also say that we need an influx of young workers ready to relocate to the state, and that this would build off of their parents college experience and help attract and retain talented individuals from the next generation. They also say that since it only offers a lower tuition rate, it doesn't take away any spots at the UW-System for in-state residents so it would not hurt in-state applicant's chances of acceptance.

Opponents are concerned that the bill would mean that there would no longer be a need for graduates of the UW-System to remain in Wisconsin after graduation, since their children would still be able to qualify for in-state tuition even if they moved half way across the country. As a result, they are concerned that without a requirement to remain and work in Wisconsin after graduation, children of alumni living out of state would not be guaranteed to actually contribute to the economy after graduation. 

The workforce crisis and college tuition are major issues facing our state currently, so I'd like to hear your thoughts on this new bill. Please take a moment to answer my question of the week:

Click here for my Question of the Week

Last Week's Results:
Rare Disease Advisory Council

I've heard from many people around the 36th Assembly District in response to last week's question. The chart below represents the responses from constituents to the question as of Thursday afternoon. 

Drug Take Back Day:
Saturday, October 23

Drug Take Back Day is here again in Wisconsin, and it's a day where residents are encouraged to dispose of unwanted and unused medications at Drug Take Back or drug disposal locations in your community. This is a great way you can personally be proactive in the fight against substance use disorder. By disposing of your unwanted medications safely, it can help prevent them from getting in the wrong hands or being misused. To find a Drug Take Back location near you or get information about what can and can't be disposed of, go to DoseOfReality's webpage.

Blue Books Still Available

The 2021/22 Wisconsin Blue Book is still available through my office for anyone interested in a copy. I've sent out over 100 so far throughout the 36th Assembly District with Sen. Felzkowski, but still have quite a few left. If you'd like a physical copy of the blue book, please submit your request here:

Order a Blue Book

Upcoming District Events

The following are just a few of the events that will be occurring soon around or near the 36th Assembly District. Please let me know if you have an event you would like to have considered for inclusion on this list. As always, remember to take proper precautions when at events for COVID-19 and check their webpages for any updates or cancellations.

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.