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March 10, 2017

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Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin

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Stephanie Dalsing, Shelby Tjugum, Ina Yun, and Bryant Schobert visited my office last week representing the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin. During their visit we discussed reforms pertaining to emergency refill regulations as well as the removal of various red tape surrounding their field. Thanks for visiting!

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Agriculture Day in the Capitol 

On Wednesday, farmers from around southwest Wisconsin visited the capitol for Agriculture Day. This annual tradition brings farmers from all over the state to Madison for a chance to meet with their legislators and learn about the issues that are impacting their industry. Among others, we discussed their concerns with high cap well regulations and issues with rural transportation infrastructure. Pictured above are groups from Iowa, Lafayette, and Sauk Counties.

Legislative Update

It was a busy week in the Madison! On Tuesday, the State Assembly convened to pass two important pieces of legislation which I was proud to support. Assembly Bill 49 legalizes the usage of cannabidiol for medical uses to treat conditions that include arthritis, epilepsy, PTSD, schizophrenia, and many others. I'm pleased to say that this bill passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support and many families stand to benefit as a result. Second, Assembly Bill 69 allows for terminally ill patients to access investigational drugs as a last resort. It is my hope that this piece of legislation will equip families with every imaginable option in order to save the life of a loved one.

 

Unemployment Drops in Wisconsin

According to a Department of Workforce Development Memo released on Thursday, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has dropped to 3.9% in January of 2017. This is the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen since January of 2001 as Wisconsin remains significantly under the national average of 4.8%. Total employment has increased by 20,500 since January of 2016 and the labor force participation rate increased to 68.1%, beating the national average of 62.9%. This is exceptional news for Wisconsin.