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 August 23rd, 2019


  1. First Responder of the Year Nominations
  2. Visit to the Model Dairy Farm
  3. Meet a New Eagle Scout
  4. Highway Commissioner Testifies in Madison
  5. Water Quality Update

 First Responder of the Year Nominations

My office is accepting nominations for First Responder of the Year. Any Police/Sherriff Officer, Firefighter (paid or volunteer), and EMS personnel in the district is eligible. Nominations can be based on a variety of things including heroic action, professional achievement, body of work over time, something special they do, and/or their length of service. I will select one nominee to be featured with nominees from around the state to be featured during the October Floor Period as part of First Responders Appreciation Month. Nominations are due on September 6th. Click here to access the form.

Visit to the Model Dairy Farm in Dodgeville

Last Friday, I visited the Model Dairy Farm in Dodgeville for a sustainable field day. The highlight of the day was getting to view a demonstration about cropping practices that reduce impact on the environment while maximizing agricultural productivity and profitability. Thank you very much for having me!

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Meet a New Eagle Scout!

Last weekend, Senator Marklein and I attended the Court of Honor for Monroe Eagle Scout Grant Gogin. While in scouts, Grant was a Senior Patrol Leader, involved in the Order of the Arrow, and was a crew leader at Philmont Scout Ranch. For his service project, Grant built wooden bat houses and erected them at Woodford Park. Grant recently graduated from Monroe High School and will be attending UW Stevens Point where he will be majoring in Natural Resources. Congratulations Grant!



Highway Commissioner Testifies in Madison

On Thursday, Iowa County Highway Commissioner Craig Hardy came to testify before the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety regarding 2019 Assembly Bill 262. This bill authorizes the citation of owners of vehicles for certain highway work zone speed and failure to yield violations. More information about the bill can be found here. Thank you again for coming to testify!

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Water Quality Update

 Last week, the Speaker’s Task Force on Water Quality held its 10th public hearing in Milwaukee. I am thrilled with the progress of this task force and look forward to our final hearings that will take place in Green Bay, Marinette, Menomonie, and Superior. Each hearing has brought a new perspective on Wisconsin’s water quality challenges. We have heard from a variety of stakeholders ranging from business owners to government officials. With the finish line in sight, the task force has begun the process of compiling information as we craft our report to the legislature. This report will include a summary of our findings as well as specific policy recommendations to address water quality in our state. I look forward to our finished product and our ability to affect meaningful change in this area. Thank you to everyone who has participated in our hearings or contacted my office to express their ideas and give input.

  Thank you for reading, and have a great weekend!