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 July 26th, 2019


  1. Lafayette County Economic Development Meeting
  2. American Players Theatre Celebrates 40 Years
  3. Water Quality Task Force Meetings
  4. Nonpartisan Redistricting Reform

 New Glarus Legislative Day

image1.1.jpegLast week, I had the opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of New Glarus Brewery from the founder, Deb Carey. I was honored when Deb asked me to host a legislative day at the brewery. Thank you Deb!

Lafayette County Economic Development Meeting

Last week I spoke at the Lafayette County's Annual Economic Development meeting.  It was great to see so many business people and elected officials from across the county.  

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American Players Theatre Celebrates 40 Years

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Last week, I had the opportunity to present American Players Theatre with a citation from myself, Senator Marklein, and Governor Evers. The Citation congratulates APT on celebrating 40 years of producing classical theater for an annual audience of over 110,000 people. Since its founding, American Players Theatre has had not only a meaningful cultural and economic impact on the local area, but strengthens the economy and provides important educational opportunities. Artistic Director Brenda Devita and Managing Director Carrie Van Hallgren accepted the citation on behalf of APT. Congratulations again!

Water Quality Task Force Meetings

This week, I was in Tomahawk and Stevens Point for the Speaker's Task Force on Water Quality. We heard from Portage County, Central Sands Water Action Commission, as well as members of the community. We also had the opportunity to tour the Water Lab at UW-Stevens Point. For more information about the task force, click here.

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Nonpartisan Redistricting Reform

As your independent voice in Madison, I strive to keep the needs of my constituents first. Whenever I make a decision to either introduce, cosponsor, or vote on a bill, I always think of how it would impact all of my constituents. Because I believe it to be paramount to fair and balanced elections, I have decided to cosponsor AB 303/SB 288, a bill that develops a nonpartisan redistricting plan.

I support AB 303 because our district contains portions of 5 counties, and I believe that each county should be kept whole. This bill puts the needs of cities, towns, counties, and municipalities first and foremost. When I first ran for office in 2014, I supported nonpartisan redistricting reform. In each session since, I have cosponsored legislation creating a nonpartisan process. I proudly support this bill and the creation of a nonpartisan redistricting process.

AB 303/SB 288 creates a new procedure for the preparation of legislative and congressional redistricting plans. The bill directs the Legislative Reference Bureau to draw redistricting plans based upon standards specified in the bill and establishes a Redistricting Advisory Commission to perform certain tasks in the redistricting process. The bill also makes various other changes to the laws governing redistricting, and would create a procedure similar to the “Iowa model".

According to a Marquette Law Poll, 72 percent of Wisconsinites want nonpartisan redistricting, and that is what AB 303/SB 288 will do. I will continue to fight for nonpartisan redistricting, and will make sure that every voice of my constituents is heard.