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November 3, 2017


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Emergency Medical Services Day

Wednesday was the inaugural Wisconsin EMS at the Capitol event. Donna Flannery, Ricky Hendrickson, Shawn Mezera, and Colleen Reichling visited my office representing Emergency Medical Service workers in the 51st Assembly District Thanks for stopping by!

Sulfide Mining Legislation Is Too Risky

On Thursday, AB 499, a bill intended to replace the current law regarding sulfide mine approval came before the State Assembly. After much thought, I decided to vote against this legislation.

 Southwest Wisconsin has a strong mining history and there is no doubt that this industry helps to provide jobs to rural areas of our state. However, we must weigh the costs associated with rewriting the approval process.

The proposed legislation is intended to replace Wisconsin’s current “Prove It First” law, designed to be a safeguard to waterways surrounding a sulfide mine. Implemented decades ago, this law has been effective in preventing unwanted pollution of our groundwater. If a mine cannot prove that it can operate without damaging our environment, I do not believe that mine should be in business.

 Put simply, there is too much uncertainty with regards to how this bill will affect our groundwater and wetlands.


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WAVE Visit

On Wednesday, Valerie Hoesly, Derek Hoesly, Payton Hoesly, Keith Hoesly, Jennifer Wunrow, and Laurie Asplund from the Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort visited my office to discuss issues related to gun violence in Wisconsin. Thank you for the excellent discussion!

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Ways & Means Committee

This week, the Ways and Means Committee met to hear AB 495, a bill authored by myself and Senator Harsdorf, which allows a municipality to present evidence on their behalf when determining the assessed value of a property. While it may seem trivial, this bill is a technical fix that will allow for accurate and fair property values to be assessed in our communities.