April 2021 E-Newsletter

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Spring, and welcome to my April E-newsletter. It is an honor to serve the people of Oshkosh in Wisconsin’s State Capitol. This update includes information related to newly passed legislation, upcoming events in Oshkosh, the 150th anniversary of University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, and more.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to my Madison office at 608-266-2254, my home at 920-232-0805, or my email at Rep.Hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov.

Sincerely,

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In-Person Office Hours - May 17th at South Park

I want to hear from you! I will be holding my first in-person 2021 Office Hours at South Park Shelter #1 (enter off Georgia Street) on Monday, May 17th at 4.00pm. The event will be socially distanced in an open air shelter. For a map of the park, please click HERE. Please contact my office at (608) 266-2254 if you have any questions about this event.


Legislative Update: Pharmacy Benefit Managers and Drinks to Go

On March 26th, Governor Evers signed Wisconsin Act 9 into law, also known as the Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) legislation. Act 9 helps lower the cost of prescription drugs, increases transparency, and eliminates gag clauses that prevent pharmacists from informing patients of more affordable prescription drug alternatives. Additionally, among other provisions, the law prohibits retroactive claim reductions or denials by PBMs, prohibits a PBM from charging a copay greater than the amount that the pharmacy would charge a patient without insurance, and ensures pharmacies post signage informing customers of legal drug substitutions and how to find the FDA’s approved list. I am a proud co-sponsor of this bill, and am pleased that it has been signed into law.

 

Governor Evers also signed into law Wisconsin Act 21, which allows restaurants and bars to sell wine and cocktails in sealed containers for curbside or in-store pickup. I am an original co-sponsor of this bill, and am proud to help local bars and restaurants most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. I remain deeply committed to policies that help Wisconsin businesses during this difficult time.


UW Oshkosh Sesquicentennial

04/13/21 One-Hundred and Fifth Regular Assembly Session

As a proud co-author of Assembly Joint Resolution 19, celebrating the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh sesquicentennial, I spoke on the Assembly Floor highlighting UW Oshkosh’s long tradition of excellence and opportunity.

On April 13th, the Wisconsin State Assembly voted to commemorate the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh sesquicentennial. Since its founding 150 years ago, UW Oshkosh has served as a beacon of learning, leadership, opportunity and community, and has become a vital part of the Oshkosh community. I am proud to represent UW Oshkosh in the Assembly, and excited for what the future has in store for this outstanding institution of higher education. To read the full resolution, please click HERE. For more information about the UW Oshkosh sesquicentennial, please click HERE


UW Oshkosh Clow Hall Tour with Lt. Governor Barnes

On April 8th, I welcomed my friend and former colleague Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes to the 54th Assembly District to tour UW Oshkosh’s Clow Hall, which is in need of renovation. Governor Tony Evers included a recommendation for $26,974,000 for the completion of Clow Hall Phase II renovation as part of the 2021-23 Capital Budget. Unfortunately, members of the Building Commission voted down the recommendations. The Joint Finance Committee will take up the Capital Budget proposals, including CLOW Hall Phase II, later this spring, and could approve funding at that time.


2021 Fox-Wolf Watershed Cleanup and Oshkosh Bird Fest

The Fox-Wolf Watershed cleanup is an annual event where hundreds of community volunteers visit sites throughout our watershed system to clean up garbage and debris. Volunteers will start the event by checking in to one of 60+ cleanup sites located along the Fox River, the Wolf River, Lake Butte des Morts, and Lake Winnebago. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, May 1st. For more information and to register, please click HERE.

The City of Oshkosh is recognized as a High Flyer Bird City Wisconsin, and the city will celebrate its feathered friends with the Oshkosh Bird Fest on Saturday, May 1st. This year’s Bird Fest will be held at Menominee Park, from 6:00am-NOON. There are a variety of free socially distanced activities including a Bird Banding Demonstration, Student Bird Art Virtual Exhibit, and group bird watching opportunities. For more information, please click HERE.


Senator Tammy Baldwin on “Some Assembly Required”

“Some Assembly Required” is a podcast by the Wisconsin Assembly Democrats, discussing what's happening in the State Capitol and all things Wisconsin. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined me on the latest episode to discuss the American Rescue Plan and how it will build Wisconsin back better.


You can find the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever else you find your podcasts.


Menominee Park Zoo Season Opening

Opening day for the Menominee Park Zoo is May 1st! The majority of the zoo animals are leased, allowing a different variety each year. As the zoo continues to grow and improve, several major, permanent exhibits are planned. These exhibits will house native species that will reside at the zoo all year round. Four permanent exhibits are complete: the wolf, elk, otter and eagle exhibits.


The Menominee Park Zoo will be open this season from May 1st through September 26th, 9 am - 7 pm. Admission is FREE. For more information, please click HERE.


Earth Day 2021

Every year on April 22nd, we celebrate Earth Day to honor and remind ourselves of Wisconsin's rich history of conservation. Wisconsin’s own Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970.


Our state has long been a leader in environmental protection and in raising awareness of the need to conserve our natural resources. We must all work together to fulfill our responsibilities as stewards of our planet and to do all we can to protect it. This year, Governor Evers’ proposed budget provides a strong blueprint to support clean communities by addressing climate change, focusing on clean drinking water, and promoting clean and renewable energy.


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics in Winnebago County

As Wisconsin works to provide COVID-19 vaccines to Wisconsinites, my office will continue to do its best to share information on how and where you or your eligible family and friends can receive the vaccine. Approximately 108,014 doses have been administered in Winnebago County as of 4/20/21. 47,509 Winnebago County residents have completed the COVID-19 vaccine series.  For a full list of vaccination opportunities in Winnebago County, please visit the Winnebago County Health Department COVID-19 vaccine informational website HERE.

 

The Sunnyview Expo Center regularly holds vaccination clinics. Registration will open at 8:30am Friday mornings for the following week. There are also walk-in vaccination opportunities with no registration required. To sign up for these vaccination opportunities and for updates on when future vaccination rounds are announced, please click HERE and click on “Sunnyview Expo Center”. Any Winnebago County resident that has a barrier preventing them from scheduling online may call the hotline at 920-232-3026.

 

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh community vaccination site at the Culver Family Welcome Center on the Oshkosh campus generally opens registration every Friday around 3:00pm, and closes it once appointments for the next week are full. For more information and to register, please click HERE.

 

The Fox Cities Exhibition Center at 355 W. Lawrence Street in downtown Appleton holds vaccination clinics Tuesday-Thursday, 9am to 11:30am and 1pm to 3pm. For the most up to date information and to schedule a vaccine at this location, please click HERE.

 

The Menasha Health Department holds vaccination clinics at the Menasha City Center Building in Menasha. Registration opens to the public at 9:00am on Mondays. For more information and to register, please click HERE.

 

There are other vaccination opportunities available in Winnebago County. These include Walgreens, Hometown Pharmacy, Omro Pharmacy, Meijer, Pick ‘n Save, Walmart, and more.


Jefferson Elementary 4th Grade Class Virtual Visit

On March 26th, I had the opportunity to virtually join Jefferson Elementary’s 4th grade class to discuss the functions of state government and my role as a state legislator. It was a great opportunity to connect and share the importance of local government with young members of our great community.  


Advocacy Days

I had the opportunity to meet virtually with advocacy groups and constituents from a variety of different organizations over the past few weeks including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, WISDOM/ESTHER, the Wisconsin Hospital Association, and several others. Meeting with these organizations is an important part of my job as a state legislator as they can advocate on behalf of constituents like you. If you would like to meet with me to discuss the important issues facing our state please feel free to contact me at rep.hintz@legis.wi.gov or (608)266-2254.


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Rep. Hintz
State Capitol, Room #201 W
PO Box 8952
Madison, WI 53708

Toll-Free (888) 555-1234 or (608) 555-1234
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