Representative Bernier's E-Update February 28, 2014

LOCAL BUSINESS HONORED

Congratulations to Realityworks, Inc. of Eau Claire! They received the Innovation Excellence Award in Milwaukee on Thursday evening. Governor Walker was on hand to present this honor as part of the annual Manufacturer of the Year Awards.

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE 68th DISTRICT

On Monday I enjoyed a visit to McDonnell High School, and on Thursday I toured Nordson Extrusion Dies Industries with the Governor who is promoting his Blueprint for Prosperity. I'm looking forward to next week when the Stanley-Boyd High School Band will be in Madison to perform in the Capitol Rotunda.

Sgt. Ryan Dahlgren of the Eau Claire Police Department and Jodi Emerson of Fierce Freedom joined me for a taped discussion on human trafficking at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. I appreciate their tireless efforts to bring attention to the scourge of modern-day slavery and to put an end to this menace here in the Chippewa Valley. Friends of Fierce Freedom will be hosting a public event tomorrow, Saturday, March 1, and I hope you can attend. The three of us are pictured below in the recording studio.

ANOTHER COLD SNAP

We are in the midst of yet another period of dangerously cold weather. Ready Wisconsin has issued these cautions and provided a link to warming centers across Wisconsin. Contacts for emergency heating assistance information are available here.

The cold is affecting everyone, including ice fishers, some of whose shanties have become stuck. If you anticipate difficulty removing your ice shanty on time due to weather considerations, this Department of Natural Resources press release has suggestions for you.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN MADISON

I serve on the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, which met on Tuesday to pass AB 763 on mobile dentistry. I appreciate dentists from the 68th Assembly District taking time to inform legislators on this bill. I also met with other legislators from both sides of the aisle to discuss pending bills.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN CONTACTING YOUR LEGISLATOR

This week's link to the Wisconsin Legislative Council 's booklet A Citizen's Guide to Participation in the Wisconsin State Legislature, has these tips for How to Read a Bill. When you, as a constituent, comment on a bill, you can feel much more confident when you have read the bill for yourself, or at least the analysis prepared by the Legislative Reference Bureau. Proponents or opponents of a bill may represent a bill from their own perspective, but you will understand it most accurately when you read with your own two eyes. After all, the best way to participate in our democratically elected representative republic is to express your very own thoughts and opinions.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"While I relish our warm months, winter forms our character and brings out our best."
~Tom Allen

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