State Capitol Report


October 21, 2016

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District Events

Kemper Center Haunted House

When: Friday & Saturday evenings from now through October 29th

Where: Kemper Center,

For more information: Tickets sold at the door. Call ahead for dates, times, and prices.


7th Annual Kindred Kitties "It's In The Bag" fundraiser

When: Sunday, October 23rd from 1-6pm

Where: The Moose Lodge, 3003 30th Avenue

Contact: 262-605-0533

**All net proceeds will help fund Kindred Kitties, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.


Kenosha BooFest

When: Saturday, October 29th from 1-4pm

Where: Kenosha Public Museum

What: Show off your costume as you rock and stroll through the exhibit, "Center Stage: A Century of Guitars", trick or treat throughout the Museums and participate in some groovy games, crafts and experiments.

Cost: FREE

Kenosha NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

When: Saturday, November 5th @5:30pm

Where: Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th Avenue, Kenosha

Tickets: $65/person



13th Annual Bowls 'N Bakers event

When: Wednesday, November 9th from 11am-1:30pm

Where: Parkway Chateau, 12304 75th Avenue, Kenosha

What: Enjoy delicious soup samplings from local restaurants. Vote for your favorite soup and purchase delicious baked goods to eat there or take home. Event benefits KAFASI.

Tickets: $25 per ticket; $20 per ticket for age 60 and over

Contact: (262) 658-0237 for more information


38th Annual Mayor's Turkey Day Run

When: Thursday, November 24th

Where: Kenosha Public Museum on Kenosha's lakefront

Registration: Pre-registration is REQUIRED. Click HERE for more details.
Packet Pickup: Packet Pickup will be at the Kenosha Museum, 5500 1st Avenue, on Wednesday, November 23rd, from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and on race day beginning at 7:30 a.m. and closing at 8:45 a.m., 15 minutes prior to the start of the race.


Local Resource: Women and Children's Horizons

Established in 1976, Women and Children's Horizons (WCH) advocates for victims of sexual and domestic violence/abuse. WCH provides assistance relating to sexual assault and domestic abuse, has an emergency safety shelter, offers legal advocacy which can provide support and important legal assistance, and offers children's services as well.

Unfortunately, the reality is 25% of women and 17% of men are or will be victims of sexual assault in their lifetime. And domestic abuse is far too common. If you or someone you know is dealing with domestic violence/abuse or sexual assault, it is important to know Women and Children's Horizons is a resource here in Kenosha.

You can find WCH online at, on Facebook, or by calling 262-656-3500. Anyone needing immediate help can call WCH's 24-hour crisis line at 800-853-3503 (toll-free) or 262-652-9900 (local).

ICYMI: Curious Kenosha

Kenosha News has launched a new initiative called: Curious Kenosha where members of the general public can submit questions to Kenosha News and if their questions are chosen, the people who submitted the question will be able to participate in the investigation.

Please see the following video for details: Curious Kenosha Video

Update: Kenosha Dream Playground Repairs


From the Kenosha News: The Kenosha Dream Playground repairs are well on their way to being completed. The city is currently waiting for the repaired rubberized flooring to cure, after which it will undergo testing.

The city is hopeful the Kenosha Dream Playground can be re-opened in mid-November. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming weeks.

Update: Kenosha Velodrome


From the Kenosha News: Repairs to Kenosha's Washington Park Velodrome are underway! The target finish date is November 15th. Stay tuned for updates as work continues.


Update: I-94 Land Deal Compromise Reached


From the Kenosha News: "Local officials announced a compromise Tuesday outlining land from Paris being transferred to Kenosha and Somers. They expect this to end most, if not all, of the litigation making its way through the courts.


"The specifics are still be hammered out, and Antaramian said affected municipalities have 55 days to come up with their respective resolutions. He said new boundary agreements would be worked out within a year."

"Under the agreement, Paris land on the west side of Interstate 94 from Highway KR to Highway 142 will be annexed into Somers, while Paris land south of that swath could annex into Kenosha."


Click HERE to read the Kenosha News' editorial following the announcement.


Friends and Neighbors,,


This fall, I have been fortunate to spend time with the fourth graders of Vernon Elementary School, who are learning about our different levels of government. Getting to talk with these students and answer their questions about our state government and my job as State Representative was a real joy. The students were incredibly thoughtful and focused during our chat. They reminded me how much hope there is for our future. I was pleased they got to visit the State Capitol a few weeks later as well.


As always, if you would like something to be included in future e-newsletters, just let me know at (608) 266-0455 or


In solidarity,


Tod Ohnstad
State Representative
65th Assembly District


Thank you note from Vernon Elementary 4th Grade Student


Rep. Ohnstad Joins Letter to US DOJ regarding Wisconsin DMV Giving Voters False Information on Voter ID

Earlier this month, you probably heard about the horrifying report of some Wisconsin DMV centers giving false and inconsistent information to voters seeking state-issued identification cards prior to the upcoming November 8th election. (You can read more about this here or here, as well as from many other news outlets.) I was outraged to hear this news, because Wisconsin’s voter ID law requires the state to give people free IDs for voting.


To ensure all Wisconsin state law is followed, I joined many Assembly colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to request federal oversight to ensure all Wisconsin voters are able to obtain the necessary ID required to vote. 


In recent days, a federal judge ordered the state to make the free ID and identification card petition process more clear. This helpful document, which summarizes what you need and where to go to get a free ID for voting, is a result of that order. You can also always visit the Bring It To The Ballot website for more information.


Thank you note from Vernon Elementary 4th Grade Student


Rep. Ohnstad Signs On To Letter to CFPB

Re: Federal Payday Loan Rules

At the end of September, I was pleased to join Rep. Gordon Hintz of Oshkosh and several other Assembly colleagues in submitting detailed comments to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) regarding payday loans, auto title loans, and other high-cost installment loans. CFPB is working to finalize proposed rules on Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans. The proposed rules include several good policy proposals that aim to protect consumers while preserving access to credit, but there remain some loopholes that need to be addressed.


I signed on because I think it is so important consumers not be taken advantage of by the predatory lending practices which are the foundation of the payday lending industry.  I am hopeful the CFPB will strengthen the rules before finalizing them. Even if the final rules remain the same though, the increased federal protection for consumers is a step in the right direction.


Thank you note from Vernon Elementary 4th Grade Student


Last Day for Early Voting Is November 4th

Don't forget you can vote early up through November 4th. for more information about where and how to vote in the city of Kenosha, you can visit the Kenosha City Clerk website, email, call 262-653-4200, or visit Room 105 at City Hall, 625 52nd Street.


Thanks to the Kenosha News for this great "Our View" column encouraging everyone to take advantage of the early voting opportunity. As the Kenosha News put it, "Early voting makes participating in the election process more convenient. It’s something many voters should consider."


Thank you note from Vernon Elementary 4th Grade Student


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Each October, the United States recognizes National Disability Employment Awareness Month, or NDEAM. NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities dating back to 1945.

This year's NDEAM theme is #InclusionWorks, because inclusion works for opportunity, business, and innovation. I have been privileged to join constituents with disabilities at their jobs in past years for Take Your Legislator To Work Day. I have seen first-hand the contribution folks with disabilities make to businesses in our community and to our community as a whole.


If you are interested in advancing disability inclusion in your business or workplace, I encourage you to visit the U.S. Department of Labor's online resource webpage.

DOL's website also includes are great slideshow< which showcases a variety of ways to participate in NDEAM. As Jennifer Sheehy, deputy assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy, put it, "[b]y fostering a culture that embraces individual differences, including disabilities, businesses profit by having a wider variety of tools to confront challenges."


Kenosha Trick-Or-Treat Details

Kenosha's official Trick-Or-Treat time for 2016 will be Monday, October 31st from 4-8pm. For dates and times for other area communities, please click HERE for a summary by the Kenosha News.



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