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In this edition, you will find information about the first Assembly floor session of 2022, hearings and executive sessions in the Assembly Committees on Education, Campaigns and Elections, and Jobs and the Economy, my efforts to make Colby cheese a state symbol, an informative meeting with the Dairy Business Association, and upcoming events in the 69th Assembly District.

Assembly Floor Session

 On Thursday, the Assembly convened for the first floor session of 2022.  To view all bills and actions taken on the Assembly floor, click here.


Assembly Votes to Protect Adults-at-Risk

On Thursday, the Assembly passed SB 395, legislation to protect adults-at-risk from abuse, financial exploitation, and neglect, which I authored with Senator Jacque. 

Under current law, when a report of abuse, financial exploitation, neglect, or self-neglect is made regarding adults at risk, the law states that an investigation “may” be done and the investigation is not required. People with disabilities are falling through the cracks. SB 395 replaces the word “may” with the word “shall”, which then requires an investigation of the report made regarding adults at risk, to include at least one of the actions specified in the current law, which are the same actions described for investigations related to elder adults at risk. 

SB 395 begins the investment in the State’s Abuse and Neglect reporting system that protects Wisconsinites with disabilities. Future investments will occur with a request for increased funding for Adult Protective Services in future budgets.

Assembly Committee on Education

On Tuesday, the Assembly Committee on Education, on which I serve, held an executive session.  Listed below are the bills heard before the Committee and the action taken.  If you would like more information on a particular bill, click on the link in the bill number.

  • AB 611/SB 589 - Relating to: the Foundations of Reading test licensure requirement.
    • Approved unanimously by the Committee.
  • AB 617 - Relating to: early admission to kindergarten and first grade at a private school participating in a parental choice program.
    • Approved by the Committee, I voted in favor.
  • AB 721 - Relating to: the number of independent charter schools authorized by the College of Menominee Nation or the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College.
    • Approved by the Committee, I voted in favor.
  • AB 830 - Relating to: model curriculum for pupils in grades 5 to 12 on interacting with law enforcement and granting rule-making authority.
    • Approved unanimously by the Committee.
  • AB 843 - Relating to: comprehensive firearm education for high school pupils.
    • Approved by the Committee, I voted in favor.
Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections

On Wednesday, the Assembly Committee on Campaigns and Elections held an informational hearing and executive session.  In the informational hearing, the Committee heard from individuals on concerns over the state's voter database.  In the executive session, the Committee voted to approve a motion authorizing the Office of the Special Council and Justice Michael Gableman to assist the Committee in carrying out its duties under 2021 Assembly Resolution 15

Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy

This week, the Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy held a public hearing and executive session on two bills.  Listed below are the bills and any action taken by the Committee.  If you would like additional information on a bill, click on the bill number.

  • AB 804 - Relating to: transferring the angel investment tax credit.
    • Approved by the Committee, I voted in favor.
  • AB 759 - Relating to: qualified new business venture eligibility.
    • Approved by the Committee, I voted in favor.
Making Colby Cheese a State Symbol

This week, a Bill (SB 371/AB 311) co-authored by Senator Bernier an me to make Colby cheese a state symbol was heard in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection.  I testified to the historic and prominent role Colby cheese has played in the state of Wisconsin.  Colby was invented through a revolutionary cold-wash process which put Wisconsin on the path to becoming America's Dairyland.  Colby is now sold worldwide and enjoyed everywhere it is eaten.  I was honored to be joined by Senator Kathy Bernier and several constituents who testified in favor of this Bill, where it awaits an executive session before it receives a vote on the Senate floor. 

Representative Rozar testifies with Senator Bernier in the Senate Committee on Government Operations, Legal Review and Consumer Protection.

Representative Rozar meets with constituents from Colby who testified in favor of SB 371 (AB 311).

Meeting with the Dairy Business Association

This week, I was able to meet with members of the Dairy Business Association (DBA) to discuss legislation coming up in the Assembly, including truth in labeling for milk and dairy products and improving the state's Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) program.  A major priority for both the DBA and myself is access to clean water for rural communities.  Some solutions include farmer-led watershed grants, nitrogen optimization, utilization of cover crops, and improvements to the Farmland Preservation Program.  I look forward to improving access to clean drinking water across the 69th Assembly District and state in the near future. 

Representative Rozar meets with members of the Dairy Business Association. 

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