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 December 14, 2018

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Executive Residence Tours

There is still time to visit Wisconsin's Executive Residence and enjoy the holiday light displays. Tours will be offered on December 19th and 20th and are free of charge. More information can be found here.

Rep. Novak to Serve as Chair of The Assembly Committee on Local Government

This week Speaker Robin Vos informed me that I will serve as chair of the Assembly Committee on Local Government. This committee handles legislation related to cities, villages, towns, and counties around our state.

One of my motivations to first run for office was to give our local communities more of a voice in state government. I am excited to begin work on this important topic and facilitate meaningful discussion for the benefit of our local governments. I will be taking over as Chair for Representative Ed Brooks. I want to thank him for his continued service over the years as I step into this new role.

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Marsy's Law Introduced For Second Passage

Last Session, I authored and passed legislation that would update and strengthen the constitutional rights of crime victims. Titled "Marsy's Law," the bill passed with broad bipartisan support. This week, I introduced Marsy's Law for successive passage by the incoming legislature. Once again, it has received bipartisan support and I am optimistic about its passage in the coming months. If passed, the language will be put before voters for a statewide vote during the April 2019 election.

Among many provisions, Marsy's Law will allow victims the right to be heard at a greater number of criminal proceedings including release, plea, sentencing, parole, revocation, expungement, or pardoning. Currently Wisconsin's Constitution only allows their voices to be heard at the disposition. Changes like these will give crime victims the ability to be more involved in the justice process while not infringing on the rights of the accused.

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Capitol Christmas Tree

Last week, the State Capitol Christmas Tree lighting ceremony was held in the Capitol Rotunda. This year, the Balsam Fir is decorated with "Wisconsin Dairyland" themed ornaments made by students from across the state. Donated by Don and Mary Miller of Plainfield, this year's tree is truly a spectacle. I encourage you and your family to take a trip to Madison and visit the State Capitol and enjoy the beautiful Christmas decorations this time of year.

Pictured on the left is an ornament contributed by a student from Holy Rosary School in Darlington.