April 5, 2019

 What's Inside:

- Hemp Bill 

- Listening Session 

- Update on the Budget

- District Spotlight

- Fun in the 50th Assembly District

The New Hemp Bill is out!



Today, I, along with Senator Patrick Testin (R-Stevens Point), Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) and Representative Dave Considine (D-Baraboo), began circulating the Growing Opportunities Act for co-sponsorship. This bill will  take our state's pilot program for hemp and make it permanent. 

You can read our Press Release here

Listening Sessions

I want to thank everyone who came out to express their issues with State Government last month. It was great to hear what people had to say and I especially appreciated the feedback. My office is currently working on scheduling more listening sessions, so please stay tuned for future locations, dates, and times. 


Update on the Budget

This week the Joint Finance Committee (JFC)held agency briefings at the Capitol and then began their state-wide tour of listening sessions around the state, today they were in Janesville. 

On the first day, JFC heard testimony from the Departments of Public Instruction (DPI),  Transportation (DOT), and Health Services (DHS). On the second day of briefings, JFC heard testimony from Departments of Workforce Development (DWD), Corrections (DOC) and Natural Resources (DNR). These were all filmed live via WisconsinEye and you can find access to those live streams for day one here and for day two here.

The next public hearings for JFC around the state are as follows: 

Wednesday, April 10 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Oak Creek Community Center 8580 South Howell Avenue
Oak Creek, WI 53154

Monday, April 15 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin – River Falls University Center – Riverview Ballroom #260
500 Wild Rose Avenue
River Falls, WI 54022

Wednesday, April 24 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay University Union - Phoenix Rooms 2430 Campus Court
Green Bay, WI 54311

 If you feel particularly passionate about a specific item contained within the Governor's Budget, please do not hesitate to contact my office. If you'd like to submit written testimony to JFC for one of the statewide hearings, please email it to: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov

District Spotlight


Have you ever seen a teardrop camper? Have you been intrigued by them? Did you know there is a business in Necedah that makes custom teardrop campers? Camp Inn Trailers makes teardrop campers right in our back yard. I was lucky enough to tour the business last Friday to see what great things they are doing. Thank you, Camp Inn Trailers for showing me around!  

Fun in the 50th

Here are some events happening in the 50th Assembly District:

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Together We Can: A Dementia Conference & Expo, 9-3:30 pm at Mauston High School. Registration is required (lunch & materials are included) $10 registration fee, call 608-847-1495 or visit here

Saturday, April 6, 2019 - Anniversary Kids Activity Day, 9-2pm, at Viking Village Foods in Reedsburg. 

Monday, April 8, 2018 - CONSERVATION CONGRESS, 7 pm at Various Locations around the District and online.

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Shred It at WCCU Credit Union, 8:30-11:30 am in Reedsburg. Shred up to three boxes of documents. 

Saturday April 13, 2019 - Reedsburg Vet Fest, 9-12 pm at Nishan Park in Reedsburg

Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Hartje Lumber 50th Year Customer Apprecition Celebration, 1-5pm

Saturday, April 20, 2019 - H.A.N.D.S. For Autism 5K, 8 am at Mauston High School Track.