September 24, 2021

  

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Nominate an Exceptional First Responder!

My office is now accepting nominations for the 2021 First Responder of the Year Award from the 36th Assembly District. This award highlights and recognizes the brave work our emergency service providers do for our communities. Our first responders play an essential role in protecting our communities daily, and this award is a great opportunity to display our gratitude for their service. Nominations may include: police and sheriff officers, fire-fighters (paid and volunteer), and EMS personnel including  paramedics, EMTs and volunteer first-responders. 

Nominations for this award can be done for a variety of reasons, such as a specific heroic action, a significant professional achievement, the person’s body of work over time, something special they do for the community relating to their work, and/or their length of service. Nominations must be in to my office by the end of the day on Friday, October 8. My staff and I will review each nomination and select a district winner who will be recognized during an October floor session as part of First Responders Appreciation Month.

Nominate a First Responder

2021-22 Blue Book Now Available!

The 2021-22 Wisconsin Blue Books have arrived and are ready to ship out around the 36th Assembly District! The blue book was first published in 1853 as a manual for legislators, and it's evolved to become a detailed resource for Wisconsinites. It has information on state officers, the organization of Wisconsin's government, and statistical information along with articles of general interest. 

I've already received almost 100 pre-order requests, which are making their way to homes around the district. The publication can be found online here, but if you'd prefer a physical copy, you can request your own free hardcover copy through the following order form:  

Order a 2021-22 Blue Book

Question of the Week: 
Continue DOT Waiver of Road Test

When COVID-19 hit Wisconsin, new drivers were suddenly faced with uncertainty about how they could get their license because of the health risks associated with in-person road tests. The Department of Transportation (DOT) established a pilot program that created a road test waiver in certain circumstances to help address this problem. This program has been in place for many months now, and as of July 21, a total of 63,383 Wisconsinites have used this road test waiver to get their license after completing the drivers education course and required 6 months of holding a driving permit. 

A new bill would allow the DOT to continue to waive the road test for those who have taken a course in driver’s education and held a driving permit for 6 months. Due to the requirements of driver education programs, the waiver applicant must have at least 30 hours of classroom instruction covering over twenty different driving topics. The applicant must also have completed behind-the-wheel vehicle operation as well as hours of observation in a vehicle. The bill would be limited to only those under 18 applying to operate Class D vehicles and those with an adult sponsor who consents to the waiver. Finally, the road test waiver will not be available to anyone who has committed a moving violation during the previous 6 month period, which is usually the length of time that a teen holds a permit.

Supporters of the bill say that this program has already been successfully in place for many months in Wisconsin, and that it maintains safety of our roads while also creating more efficiency and savings at DOT. They also say it will increase the flexibility for families with kids seeking their license, as they would no longer have the issue of trying to find a road test that doesn't conflict with work or school. These student drivers have already passed the knowledge test and been driving with supervision for 6 months, and supporters say that most pass their drivers test on the first try anyways. At that point, supporters say that parents or guardians should be able to reasonably judge the student driver's capability and knowledge and be able to decide whether to consent to waiving the road test. 

Opponents of the bill say that it has the potential to allow unqualified drivers onto our roads. They say that the road tests is a way to ensure that all students meet state requirements and say that parents are not aware of the different things that road test officials check for. Opponents also note that DMV road test examiners do have to intervene at times as the drivers do make critical or dangerous errors. Because people still do regularly fail drivers tests due to inexperience or dangerous errors or mistakes, the financial savings and ease for families and student drivers is not worth the added risk of continuing the waiver. 

Driving is a privilege, one that comes with serious responsibility and consequences. In light of this, I'd like to hear your thoughts on this bill. Please take a moment to answer my question of the week:

Click here for my Question of the Week

Last Week's Results:
Eliminating Wolf Hunt Requirement

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 Friday morning. 

Upcoming District Events

The following are just a few of 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.