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November 10, 2017
    

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Happy Veterans Day

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Marsy's Law and Local Control Bills Pass Assembly

Yesterday, the State Assembly passed two pieces of legislation that I authored. Assembly Joint Resolution 47, also known as Marsy's Law, a constitutional amendment pertaining to the rights of crime victims, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. Assembly Bill 485, coauthored by Senator Howard Marklein and Representative Travis Tranel, passed by a voice vote granting authority to municipal governments to pass an ordinance allowing for the use of ATVs and UTVs on state highways with certain restrictions.

Marsy’s Law strengthens existing constitutional rights for victims, and elevates some rights already in state statute to our state constitution in order to put the rights of victims on an equal level with those of the accused. As the author, I made sure that nothing in this amendment will be interpreted to supersede the federal constitutional rights of the accused. Wisconsin has long been known as a leader for victims' rights and I'm excited that with the passage of this resolution, we can continue to look out for those who have been affected by terrible crimes.

Assembly Bill 485 was the product of a meeting with the City of Darlington Police Chief Jason King. The City of Darlington asked the Department of Transportation to allow ATVs and UTVs to use a stretch of State Highway 23 as an access route for the Cheese County Recreation Trail. The Department denied the request without seeking any input from local officials. I believe our local officials are best suited to make decisions like these and I'm excited that, following Governor Walker's approval, we can make this a reality. 

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Monroe Martial Arts Ceremony

Last weekend I had the opportunity to present a certificate from the State of Wisconsin to the students and instructors of the Monroe Martial Arts School. All nineteen athletes at the school qualified and competed in the 2017 State Games of America and won a total of thirty-four medals in multiple events. Congratulations on your success!

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Quilt Block Wind Farm

This afternoon, I joined EDP Renewables for the ribbon cutting ceremony at Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County. This $170 million investment in clean energy is an impressive addition to our area and will power more than 37,000 homes when operating at capacity. Here in Southwest Wisconsin, the environment remains an issue that my constituents care deeply about. Such a significant part of our economy, from agriculture to tourism, is dependent on the health of our environment. Developments like Quilt Block Wind Farm are instrumental in ensuring that we preserve our environment for future generations.