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May 17, 2019


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Military Appreciation Month

Thank you for your sacrifice, bravery, and the example you set for us all.

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Marsy's Law

The second consideration of Marsy's Law passed both the Senate and Assembly this week with broad bipartisan support! This bill amends the State Constitution to include a list of rights for crime victims. I am proud to have authored this bill and I look forward to voting in favor when it is on the ballot in April 2020!

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Clean Water

This week, The Joint Finance Committee voted unanimously to include funding for two clean water programs in the state budget. As chairman of the Water Quality Task Force, I am encouraged by these decisions.

These votes included a decision to approve $3.55 million in bonding for the safe drinking water loan program. This program provides low-interest loans to municipalities for planning, designing, constructing, or modifying public drinking water systems. These funds will assist municipalities in complying with the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

In addition, these votes included a provision that extends the maximum loan term for the safe drinking water program from 20 years to 30 years. This change allows municipalities with large projects and a long useful life have lower annual payments.

Finally, please mark your calendars for our upcoming Water Quality Task Force Hearing at Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville on Wednesday, May 29.

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Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network

Members of the Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network from Green, Iowa, and Lafayette counties came to the Capitol for their advocacy day this week. Our conversation included a discussion of their support for my budget amendment to expand the Dementia Care Specialist Program, increasing funding for specialized transportation and transit, and aligning CNA training requirements with federal standards. Thanks for coming in!

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This Week's Visits

I had a few very interesting visits this week at the Capitol. Katherine Ponsler, Jennifer Sobczak, and Eric Elliot representing the Academy of Physician Assistants came in to discuss the Wisconsin Collaboration and Rural Expansion of Services (CARES) Act. The Wisconsin CARES Act is legislation crafted to modernize Wisconsin's Physician Assistant (PA) practice laws which have been creating unnecessary barriers to care for Wisconsin citizens. This Act will allow PAs to self-govern their profession and self-employ.

The Home Visiting Coalition also came in represented by Ramie Zelenkova, Jordan Wildermuth, Jodi Bloch, and Caty McDermott. The group is pushing to double the number of families served by Wisconsin's evidence-based Family Foundations Home Visiting Program. Thanks for stopping by!