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January 26th - February 1st is national school choice week. On Tuesday, of all the celebrations nationwide, the Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, visited the birthplace of school choice - the state of Wisconsin. This year is the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the program. The program started with 7 schools and 300 children. Now, it has at least 317 schools and over 42,000 children. It was an honor to host him at the State Capitol.

Open Enrollment Period

Parents and guardians will have an opportunity to send their children to any public school in Wisconsin through the Public School Open Enrollment program. The application period for the 2020-21 school year opens Feb. 3, 2020, and runs through April 30, 2020. Application materials and additional information are available on the Department of Public Instruction’s website.

Bill Updates

Complex Rehabilitation Technology (AB 660) - Passed Assembly Committee on Health unanimously on Wednesday! It is off to be voted on before the whole Assembly.

Veterans Bills (ABs 673 and 674) - I testified on AB 673 with co-author Senator Jacque before the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage on Thursday; AB 674 passed unanimously in the Assembly Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform on Thursday.

Kindergarten Readiness Bill (AB 662) - I testified with co-author Senator Darling before the Senate Committee on Education on Tuesday.

HOPE Bills Pass the Assembly

A couple of weeks ago the Assembly passed a package of bills to address the drug addiction problem in the state. I was proud to support six bills that help combat substance abuse and addiction in Wisconsin. The package of bills is part of a larger legislative effort called the Heroin, Opioid Prevention and Education (HOPE) Agenda, which has spanned many years in the state Assembly.

The package of bills approved builds upon the prior work and continues the progress we have made. At the same time, it expands the scope of the HOPE Agenda to address addiction in multiple facets. The bills do the following:
• Expand access to safe and reliable recovery housing;
• Ensure state employee protections while undergoing Medication-Assisted Treatment;
• Extend the highly successful Prescription Drug Monitoring Program requirements;
• Expand access to MAT in our corrections environments;
• Remove barriers to Recovery Coaches; and,
• Extend the 911 Good Samaritan law to continue to save lives.

For more information on the HOPE Agenda, visit its website.

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Upcoming Holidays

  • Friday, January 31 – Backwards Day
  • Saturday, February 1 – Change Your Password Day
  • Sunday, February 2 – Candlemas
  • Monday, February 3 – National Football Hangover Day
  • Tuesday, February 4 – National Homemade Soup Day
  • Wednesday, February 5 – National Chocolate Fondue Day
  • Thursday, February 6 – Ronald Reagan Day

For more fun and out-there holidays, visit checkiday.com, a website created by a former Fond du Lac resident!

Today in History - January 31
  • 1865 – General Robert E. Lee was named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during the US Civil War.
  • 1933 – The French government under Édouard Daladier took power.
  • 1950 – US President Harry Truman publicly announced his support for the development of a hydrogen bomb.
  • 2006 – Alan Greenspan retired as Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
  • 2017 – US President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Sally Yates after she instructed Justice Department officials not to defend Trump's travel ban.