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October 22nd, 2021


This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Criminal Justice Committee Meeting
  • League of Municipalities Seminar
  • Meeting with County Highway Officials
  • Drug Take-Back Day
  • Reminder: Blue Books
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Criminal Justice Committee Meeting

This week the Assembly Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety met for a public hearing. The committee heard testimony on three bills including Assembly Bill 619 (AB 619). This bipartisan bill would decriminalize the use of fentanyl testing strips. Under current law it is illegal for police officers and other first responders to possess or administer fentanyl testing strips.

This creates issues when law enforcement agencies and first responders arrive at the scene of suspected drug over doses. Time is of the essence when responding to a fentanyl overdose call, it is important for our responders to be able to test illicit substances for the presence of fentanyl so they can begin administering the proper treatment.

I believe that AB 619 is an important tool that will help fight the ongoing opioid epidemic and help save lives.


League of Municipalities Conference

I traveled to Green Bay this week to attend the annual League of Wisconsin Municipalities conference. I always enjoy attending these conferences and getting the opportunity to speak with local government officials around the state to hear their concerns and ideas on local government issues and current legislation.

I also participated in the legislator panel title, "From City Hall to the State Capitol". I was joined on the panel by Rep. Sue Conley (D-Janesville), Rep. David Steffen (R-Green Bay), and Rep. Dave Armstrong (R-Rice Lake). During the panel we discussed our experiences moving from our local government roles to state legislators. As chairman of the Assembly Committee on Local Government, I believe I have unique connection with local governments throughout the state and am proud of the partnerships I have been able to build with municipalities during my time in office.

I appreciated all of the local government officials that took the time to attend our panel. The room was full and we had the opportunity to take questions on a variety of topics including the best ways to for local government officials to get involved on the development of state policies that affect municipal governments.

Meeting with County Highway Officials

This week, Senator Howard Marklein (Spring Green), Representative Tony Kurtz (Wonewoc) and I had the opportunity to meet with Richland County Highway Commissioner Josh Elder and State Highway Superintendent Lonnie Hatch.

We had a great discussion and had the opportunity to learn more about proposed and ongoing highway projects in Richland County.


Drug Take-Back Day

This Saturday is Drug Take Back Day. It is a great opportunity to safely dispose of expired and unwanted prescriptions and other medications! To find a drop off location near you, visit doseofrealitywi.gov

Reminder: Blue Books Available!

The 2021-22 Wisconsin Blue Books are now available! These books contain important facts about our state as well as contact information for state government agencies and elected officials.

If you'd like a copy, my office will send you one free of charge!

Please email my office at Rep.Novak@legis.wisconsin.gov or call (608)-266-7502 and provide your full name and address and I will send you a copy.


COVID-19 Vaccine Information

For all full list of COVID-19 vaccine sites statewide please click the vaccine finder link here.


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.