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February 23, 2018
     

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End of Session Video

It has been an honor to serve as your Representative in the State Assembly. We have accomplished so much this session including a matching grant for the Monroe Arts Center and passage of a bill to waive tuition and fees for all foster youth who attend a UW institution or technical school. Click the image above to view my video reflecting on my work in Madison.

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Legislative Update

It was a busy week in the legislature as we closed out our 2017-2018 session. I am proud to have authored three bills that passed the Assembly with bi-partisan support. Additionally, we were able to approve legislation to fund an additional 54 Assistant District Attorneys across 40 counties in Wisconsin. Two counties in my district, Green and Iowa, will be receiving these resources. Green county will receive an additional half-position for a total of 1.5 Assistant District Attorney (ADA) positions. Iowa County will receive an additional quarter-time position for a total of one full-time ADA. Adding these positions has been a long term goal of mine since my first term in the legislature and it is exciting to see these necessary positions being funded around our state. The bill now heads to the Senate.

Legislation authored by Representative Kevin Petersen and I creating a reinsurance plan in Wisconsin passed the Assembly this week. This plan aims to lower health insurance premiums on the individual market by stabilizing the market and providing increased predictability for insurers. I'm proud of this bipartisan effort to lower premiums for over 200,000 Wisconsinites.

My bill to grant fee reductions for occupational licenses to individuals and families making below 180% of the poverty line also passed this week. I firmly believe the state has no business collecting dues from people who are working to break out of the cycle of poverty and attain employment.

Finally, legislation I authored to ensure that laws enacted for Milwaukee County do not affect Dane County passed this week. Projections for the 2020 federal census show that the population of Dane County is expected to exceed 500,000. This bill increases the threshold for "populous counties" from 500,000 to 750,000 so these 246 statutory provisions do not affect Dane County.

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Local Sheriffs Visit Madison

This week, Grant County Sheriff Nate Dreckman, Green County Sheriff Mark Rohloff, Richland County Sheriff Jim Bindl, and Juneau County Sheriff Brent Oleson visited with Representative Travis Tranel, Senator Marklein and myself.

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Wisconsin Library Association

Wisconsin Library Association President Marge Loch-Wouters, Vicky Stangel of Dodgeville, Angela Noel of Broadhead, Bob Boyle of Darlington, and Jennifer Bernetzke, Scott Murphy, and Bob McKelvey of Lancaster visited my office representing the Wisconsin Library Association. Thank you for visiting!

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Wisconsin Student Government Representatives

Jeremiah Bailey of Shullsburg, Kaye Woodke of Boscobel, Morgan Emery of Benton, and Monardo Faria of Benton visited my office this week advocating for Wisconsin Technical Colleges as part of the Wisconsin Student Government Advocacy Group. These students spoke with legislators on topics ranging from increased credit transferability and the need for greater internship opportunities across our state. Thank you for visiting!