May 2021 E-Newsletter

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Welcome to my May 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, COVID-19 vaccine information, and more.

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

Sincerely,

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Legislative Update: Mental Health Protections for Wisconsin First Responders and Hmong-Lao Veterans Day

On April 27th, Governor Tony Evers signed Wisconsin Act 29 into law. Act 29 makes a variety of changes to worker’s compensation law, effectively increasing access to mental health treatment for Wisconsin first responders who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Mental health treatment is an integral component of every person’s health care, and we have seen the need for treatment for first responders in particular. Access to mental health treatment can be instrumental in helping them to cope with the intense and difficult aspects of their work. First responders have been calling for passage of this bill for nearly five years. I was proud to vote in favor of this bill, and commend Governor Evers for signing this bill into law.

 

On May 14th, Governor Evers signed into law Wisconsin Act 31, which designates May 14th as Hmong-Lao Veterans Day. The contributions of Hmong veterans to the United States during the Vietnam War have long gone unrecognized. It is unfortunate that Wisconsin’s recognition of Hmong-Lao Veterans Day is long overdue. Many of these veterans have made the long journey home, or have passed on. But Act 31 lives on with their descendants and the communities they’ve built from the ground up. The creation of Hmong-Lao Veterans Day in Wisconsin enshrines their legacy as Americans and transforms decades of loss and trauma into pride. It symbolizes the years since leaving Southeast Asia and making America their new home. It acknowledges the sacrifices Hmong veterans and elders have endured, lessening the burden of grief for future generations to carry.


Special Session to Expand BadgerCare

On May 19th, Governor Tony Evers called for a special session to expand BadgerCare in Wisconsin. I commend Governor Evers for putting the people of Wisconsin first, by calling a special session to expand BadgerCare and save taxpayers money. I urge my colleagues in the legislature to provide our constituents with the same program, access, and federal funding that every single neighboring state (MN, MI, IA, IN, IL) provides to their residents. Red states and blue states (38 of 50) alike have recognized the benefits of making healthcare more affordable and accessible and receiving significant federal funding. In Wisconsin, that would benefit more than 90,000 Wisconsinites and save $624 million in state taxpayer dollars.

 

The special session will be held on Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 12:00 p.m. To read Governor Evers’ full statement, please click HERE. To read my full statement, please click HERE. For more information from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services on why expanding BadgerCare will benefit Wisconsinites, please click HERE


May Office Hours

On May 17th, I met with constituents at South Park for office hours. Even if you didn’t have an opportunity to stop by, my staff and I are always ready and willing to help you. I encourage you to reach out to my office with any questions or concerns at: 608-266-2254 or rep.hintz@legis.wisconsin.gov


University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Visits Capitol

05/19/21 - University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt and I outside the Assembly Chamber

 

On May 19th, I met with University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chancellor Andrew Leavitt. We discussed the challenges that UW Oshkosh faced over the past year. We also looked to the future and discussed legislative priorities for the 2021-2023 biennium, such as the proposed renovations for UW Oshkosh’s Clow Hall.

 

2021 is UW Oshkosh’s 150th anniversary, and the University has served as a beacon of learning, leadership, opportunity and community, and has become a vital part of the Oshkosh community over the years. I am proud to represent UW Oshkosh in the Assembly and look forward to advocating on its behalf as the legislative session advances. For more information on UW Oshkosh’s sesquicentennial, please click HERE


Memorial Day Procession

We have so much to thank our fallen veterans for. Let us all reflect on those sacrifices this coming Memorial Day and think about how we can work for our living veterans of all ages.

 

This year’s Memorial Day Procession will begin with the reading of names of servicemen from Oshkosh who have passed away at the South Park Veterans Memorial at 7:00 a.m. At 8:00 a.m. there will be a ceremony at Riverside Park, located east of the Main Street Bridge to honor those lost at Sea. 

 

The procession to honor those who gave their lives for our country begins at 9:00 a.m. The procession begins at Jackson & Algoma and continues to the Riverside Cemetery where there will be a final program that begins at approximately 10:00 a.m.

 

For more information, please click HERE.

Block Party on Broad

The Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh is proudly celebrating 50 years of service to the youth of Oshkosh and their families. Join members of our community for a Block Party on Broad Street for a variety of activities and live music on Sunday, June 6th from 2:00pm-6:00pm.

 

Many volunteers will be needed for the event. Those interested in helping out should contact the Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives, Katie Talken at (920) 233-1414, ext. 129 or katiet@bgcosh.org.

 

This event is outdoors, however, attendees are encouraged to wear masks. Masks will be required inside the Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh building and hand washing and sanitizing stations will be available. The Club will follow Centers for Disease Control and Wisconsin Department of Children And Families guidelines.

 

For more information, please click HERE and HERE.


City of Oshkosh Public Input Forms

The City of Oshkosh wants your input on a variety of issues in our community. 

  • For the 2021 Oshkosh Citizen Survey, please click HERE.
  • For the Oshkosh Housing Study & Needs Assessment, please click HERE.
  • For the Urban Duck Keeping Survey, please click HERE.

COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

As of May 12th, Wisconsin residents 12-15 are eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Wisconsin’s vaccine rollout continues to be among the top in the nation. As of 5/24/21, the state of Wisconsin has administered over 5 million doses and over 46% of  Wisconsinites have already received their first dose. Over 40% of Wisconsinites have been completely vaccinated.


COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics

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 family and friends can receive the vaccine. 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. The Sunnyview Expo Center also holds walk-in vaccination clinics every Wednesday through the month of May. To sign up for 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. The Culver Family Center also hosts walk-in vaccine opportunities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, and 9 to 11 a.m. Fridays. 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, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 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. For more information and to register, please click HERE

 

The Aurora Medical Center at 855 N Westhaven Drive schedules vaccines for everyone, including non-Aurora patients. For more information, please click HERE.

 

Walgreens, CVS, Walmart, Meijer, Pick ‘n Save, and other retail pharmacies are now offering walk-in vaccinations.

 

There are other vaccination opportunities available in Winnebago County. These include Hometown Pharmacy, Omro Pharmacy, and more.


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 If you have any comments regarding the subject of this E-Newsletter, please feel free to contact me.   


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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