December 6, 2019

 What's Inside:


- SB 537- WI GI Bill

- Podcast

- Capitol Christmas Tree

- Agency Updates


"A date that will live in infamy"


 click on the photo to hear all of President Roosevelt's Pearl Harbor Speech 

Wisconsin GI Bill

This week the Committee on Universities, Technical Colleges, Children and Families held a public hearing on Senate Bill 537 (SB 537). I, along with Senator Darling (R-River Hills) and Senator Kooyenga (R-Brookfield, authored SB 537.

Under current law, the WI GI Bill can be used by eligible veterans for tuition remission at any University of Wisconsin System school or Wisconsin Technical College school. The WI GI Bill cannot be used at any private institution. Even though, the Federal GI bills can be used a private institution. I, myself, used my federal GI Bill to complete my Masters degree, which happened to be at a private institution. 

If you would like to view the full bill text, click here.

New Podcast Available


Click on the graphic above to listen to Speaker Vos and Rep. Mark Born talk about the importance of citizen engagement in the bill process, how Governor Evers ended up in Politifact, and how he went from "not quite Alex P. Keaton" to a legislator.

Capitol Christmas Tree

xmastree.jpgThe Capitol Christmas Tree was lit today at noon. The 2019 State Capitol Christmas Tree is a 30-foot Balsam fir from Meyer’s Castle Tree Farm in Medford, Wisconsin.  Prochnow Trucking of Medford transported the tree.  Public and private schools throughout Wisconsin donated the handmade ornaments that adorn the tree, with many ornaments coming from right here in our district.  Two thousand multicolored LED lights were used to illuminate the tree. 

Agency Updates

Department of Natural Resources

Winter is here, and so are a bunch of great winter activities! 

  • Mark your calendars for Wisconsin State Parks Candlelight Events! Annual candlelight skiing, hiking and showshoeing events are held across the state this winter. 
  • Check out the Wisconsin State Parks Cross-Country Ski Trail Conditions to see which trails are groomed and ready for skiing.
  • If you have the right equipment and warm clothes, winter is a great time for camping. There are no crowds and there's plenty to do; cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, bird watching and ice fishing. Click here to find out what sites offer winter camping.

Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection

This holiday season, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is reminding shoppers to make sure their gift purchases are not going to scammers. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind while shopping this season.

  • Avoid suspiciously deep discounts or free offers, including social media posts or emails that offer these deals. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Verify websites before ordering. A quick internet search can help you verify the company’s information and find any warnings about their website.
  • Be wary of unsolicited messages, such as email, text, social media or internet ads that promise a free gift card. Do not click on any links and delete the message.
  • Avoid online auction sites selling discounted or bulk gift cards. The cards may have been tampered with, have already been used, or expired.


Local Events

  • The University of Wisconsin-Platteville in Richland Center will be hosting a Save, Fix, or Invest? seminar from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. on December 10th. The seminar will feature Paul Dietman, and the topic of discussion will be on how to make financial decisions for your farms future. The seminar is free and open to everyone, lunch will be provided.
  •  St. Peter Lutheran Church along with The Farmer Angel Network will be hosting #Farm Neighbors Care on Wednesday, December 11th, at 325 Mill St, Loganville, WI. Farmers, Ag business people, and anyone interested in supporting the farming community are invited to come for a light-hearted program featuring Ben Bromley, area newspaper columnist, theater guild actor, and satirist. Farmer resource contacts from UWEX, Sauk County Public Health, and Wisconsin Farm Center will be available to assist farm families. Soup and sandwich lunch will be served. 

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