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July 30th, 2021


This Week in the Legislature


Contents

  • Floor Session
  • Capital City Sunday Preview
  • Testimony on Assembly Bill 181
  • Fair Time
  • WTA Meeting
  • Vaccine Information

Floor Session

This week the Assembly held an extraordinary session to vote on a veto override of Assembly Bill 336 (AB-336). This bill which passed the legislature earlier this session would end the federal enhanced unemployment benefits in Wisconsin.

I voted for both measures because I continue to hear from so many small business owners in our district struggling to find workers. Some restaurants are only able to be open 4-5 days a week due to the labor shortage, and earlier this week I learned that some businesses are struggling to re-open altogether as a result of the labor shortage.

Currently, a person receiving unemployment benefits receives weekly payments that equate to $16.75 an hour. Most of this income is also tax exempt. We can not continue to pay people not to work, instead we must encourage a return to the workforce and work to end the labor shortage in Wisconsin.


Capital City Sunday Preview

This Sunday I will be appearing on Capitol City Sunday on WKOW. During my interview I will discuss this week's extraordinary session where I will discuss AB-336 and the ongoing labor shortage in Wisconsin as well as the recently signed budget and increases for K-12 school funding given the large influx of federal money.

You can watch the entire interview this Sunday at 9 AM on WKOW. The interview can also be found online beginning Sunday. Here is the link the WKOW website.


AB-181 Testimony

This week I testified with Senator Patrick Testin on Assembly Bill 181. This bill would add Krabbe disease testing to the newborn screening panel done after birth.

Krabbe disease doesn’t have a cure, but early detection at birth allows families to seek treatment, enabling those that are diagnosed to live longer and fuller lives.

I originally authored this bill during the 2015 legislative session after being contacted by Jenna and Kyle Heckendorf from Spring Green. Their son Bryce was diagnosed during the latter stages of Krabbe disease and tragically passed away.

I want to thank Jenna and Kyle for submitting written testimony to the Health Committee and sharing their personal story. It is never easy reliving this tragedy but I hope their story will help bring awareness to the need for Krabbe screening.

Fair Time

With summer in full swing so to is fair season. Two weeks ago I had a great time at Lafayette County Fair.

I continued my tradition of bidding at the livestock auction. I bought the reserve champion pair of broiler chickens raised by Lexi Olson, Darlington FFA.

It was great to see everyone at the fair enjoying the summer and having a good time.


Towns Association Meeting

This past Monday, I attended the Lafayette County Unit Meeting of the Wisconsin Towns Association. I provided a legislative update detailing items included in the last budget and legislation that has advanced through the Assembly Committee on Local Government that directly affect towns.

The budget included transportation funding for the local supplement program, Local Roads Improvement Program, and general transportation aids (GTA). Additionally, rural broadband and EMS received increased funding. The Local Government Committee, of which I am the Chair, has been working on items including providing increased flexibility to towns when submitting their GTA paperwork, clarifying provisions for the continuity of town government in the case of a delayed election, and updating which newspapers are eligible to be paid to post legal notices.

I am thankful for the opportunity to address the group and always enjoy attending the meetings to hear important updates from town officials about the issues affecting them.  


Vaccine Information

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


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.
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