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March 19th, 2021


E-Update: This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Assembly Passes Health Bills
  • Named “2020 Friend of Housing”  
  • Budget Listening Session
  • In Memoriam
  • Mark Your Calendars

Assembly Passes Health Bills


Last week I detailed a few measures that were going to be voted on in the Assembly. Those measures passed the full Assembly. Below are specific updates:    

A proposal I co-sponsored, Assembly Bill 34 passed 92-0. It will maintain coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions in the event there are changes to federal law. This bill was sent to the Senate for their consideration.  

Senate Bill 13 allows dentists to give Covid-19 and flu vaccines. With vaccine eligible populations expanding it will be critical to make sure we have enough individuals ready and able to administer vaccines. This bill passed the Assembly and will now be sent to the Governor for consideration.

Assembly Bill 7 will regulate pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs). I’ve heard from local pharmacies in the district on this issue. The bill should reduce prescription drug costs paid by consumers and help out our local rural pharmacies as they interact with PBMs. The bill passed the Assembly 94-0 and will now be sent to the Governor for consideration.

Assembly Bill 125 makes changes to the licensure, regulation, and the practice of physician assistants (PAs). Rural areas face access issues when it comes to quality healthcare. This proposal will maximize the contributions of PAs when delivering care to their patients. This bill was sent to the Senate for their consideration.  


Named "2020 Friend of Housing"

 

Earlier this week on behalf of the Wisconsin Builders Association’s Board of Directors, Brad Boycks their executive director, recognized me as a “2020 Friend of Housing”. The selection was based on my work last legislative session to reduce the cost of housing for Wisconsin families. This coming session I am going to continue to advocate for common sense measures to make sure hardworking Wisconsinites can find housing at a reasonable price.


Budget Listening Session

I attended a budget listening session with Sen. Marklein and Rep. Tranel earlier today at the Belmont Community Center. I want to thank all of those who attended. You can find the full schedule for our listening sessions here.  

During the listening session we heard about a variety of different issues including the need for broadband expansion, increased funding for our schools, and to keep investing in our local roads and bridges as well as concerns on proposed energy projects in the district. These issues are similar to the items brought up during our virtual listening session the previous week.

I look forward to hearing from more of you about the budget. I will be holding another budget listening session toward the end of the month. Here are the details:

Listening Session with Sen. Marklein and Rep. Novak
Monday, March 29, 2021
Browntown Fire Department (Community Room)
107 S Mill St.
Browntown, WI 53522 
10-11 a.m.


In Memoriam

JoAnn O'Flahrity, a constituent and longtime community member recently passed away. I adjourned in her honor during Tuesday’s floor session. The official Assembly Journal for Tuesday, March 16th reads as follows: 

"Representative Novak asked unanimous consent that the Assembly adjourn in memory of JoAnn O’Flahrity of Cobb, who passed away on March 14, at the age of 85. JoAnn was a well-respected resident of Cobb and taught business education at the Highland School District. She spent 62 years as a full-time and substitute teacher at Highland. She was affectionately called “Mrs. O” by the three generations of students she taught. Granted."

My thoughts and prayers go out to JoAnn's children, Maureen, Kate, Colleen, and Jim, along with her ten grandchildren.


 Monroe City Wide Garage Sales

Mark your calendars for the Monroe City Wide Garage Sales this coming May 7th & 8th. Registration is due by April 27th. More information can be found on the Monroe Chamber's website.


Have a great weekend!


As always, please do not hesitate to follow up with any additional questions or concerns you may have. I can be reached at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or (608) 237-9151.