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P.O. Box 8953
Madison, WI 53708
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Things happening in the district & around Madison
Dinner Mints -Dunkirk
Friday, March 23
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd
PG-13, 1hr. 46min., 2017; starring: Fionn Whitehead, Barry
Keoghan & Mark Rylance. Allied soldiers from Belgium, the
British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army
and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.
Restoration Work Party
Saturday, March 24
UW Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about
prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups
welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady Tract parking
lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline
Frontage Rd. More information: (608) 265-5214 or
Saturday, March 24
Library Mall to the Capitol
The march will begin at Library Mall at 10am and end at the
steps of the State Capitol. Marchers can congregate on the
Mall from 9:30am to 10:00am. At 10am they will walk down
State St and gather at the steps of the Capitol to hear from
students, teachers, and activists who are standing up to
gun violence in our schools and communities.
Sunday March 25
UW Madison Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway
This time of year, many birds are on the move. What is
migration, and why do some birds do it while others do not?
Naturalist-led walk, 1:30-2:30 p.m., indoor activities,
2:30-3:30 p.m. Free, no registration required. Meet at the
Monday, March 26
10:30 am - 11:15 am
5726 Raymond Rd
A happy blend of stories, fingerplays and songs that help
preschool children develop print and phonologic awareness,
vocabulary, letter knowledge and narrative skills.
Registration not required.
Madison Senior Center Lunches
March 27, 28 & 29
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
5726 Raymond Rd
Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The
suggested minimum contribution is $4.00 per meal but
participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. If
you are under age 60 and do not meet the nutrition program
eligibility guidelines, you are required to pay the total
cost of your meal which is $10.23. Transportation is
available by a $1.00 donation round trip. The meal is served
at noon and participants must arrive on time. Meal and bus
reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the
preceding business day by calling 238-7368.
Supported Agriculture Session
Tuesday, March 27
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Alisha Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd
Join Carrie Sedlak of the FairShare CSA Coalition to learn
if Community Supported Agriculture is right for your family.
Come to this no-obligation information session to learn
about dozens of different CSA farms in the area.
Wednesday, March 28
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Lussier Community Center
55 S Gammon
The library will provide play and art materials especially
chosen to encourage highly engaged, self-determined play.
When kids are done, they'll create a Play Story depicting
their play that day. Messy clothes recommended. Open to all
Wednesday, March 28
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
5726 Raymond Rd
Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied
levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied
by an adult.
Thursday, March 27
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
5726 Raymond Rd
Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies
provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.
Spring Break Gaming & Coding Day
Thursday, March 27
Madison Central Library
201 W. Mifflin St
Open to Middle & High School Youth. Learn about computer
coding, video gaming and careesr in these fields. There is
no cost to attend. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org and
Improv featuring Guy Thorvaldsen
Friday March 30
733 N High Point Rd
April is National Poetry Month. Start the celebration with
an evening of poetry hosted by local poet Guy Thorvaldsen.
Guy teaches writing at Madison College and in 2017 published
a book of poetry, "Going to Miss Myself When I'm Gone."
This is a rare occasion whether you come to listen or share.
Income Tax Assistance (VITA) in Madison
Through April 14, 2018
Richard Dilley Tax Center, The Villager Mall
2300 S. Park Street
The VITA program is a cooperative effort by the Internal
Revenue Service (IRS) and many individual states, including
Wisconsin. Volunteers trained by the IRS and the Wisconsin
Department of Revenue (DOR) prepare and electronically file
basic income tax returns for free. No appointment required.
Whether you are planning a visit to the state Capitol as
part of a large group, small gathering, or just by yourself,
our office can assist you in scheduling a free guided tour
of the Capitol building during normal business hours.
Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours depart from
the ground floor Information Desk Monday through Saturday at
9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays
at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm. A 4:00 pm tour is offered Memorial
Day through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and
observation deck are also open during the summer months.
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Yesterday, the Assembly was back on the floor for what we expect really
will be the last time this session to take up bills regarding school
safety. Democrats offered a robust school safety plan, which Republicans
rejected, again failing to address the safety of our children, schools,
In this week’s newsletter, you can read more about yesterday’s floor
session, find news about a court decision calling for Governor Walker to
hold special elections in two vacant legislative districts, and read
about my recent trip as part of a bipartisan delegation to an
International Trade Conference.
If you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please
feel free to contact my office.
78th Assembly District
Lead on School Safety
During yesterday’s Assembly floor session, Democrats offered a robust
school safety plan that includes ongoing funding and support for school
districts to make safety improvements and commonsense measures to
prevent gun violence by keeping firearms out of the hands of those who
should not have them. After seven years of abject failure to address an
epidemic of gun violence, Republicans again voted against commonsense
measures, like universal background checks, to keep guns out of the
hands of dangerous individuals who intend to do harm. Republicans
rejected the school safety plan offered by Democrats on a party-line
Given the opportunity to keep our children safe in our schools and in
our communities, Republicans failed miserably. We cannot accept regular
lockdowns and persistent fear of mass shootings as the new normal for
children and teachers in our schools. Democrats offered a plan to keep
our schools and communities safe, but Republicans stand in the way of
even the most commonsense gun safety measures.
The plan I co-authored would have made our schools and communities safer
by providing funding and support to school districts for planning and
implementation of safety measures; investing in school safety resources
including behavioral supports, conflict resolution, restorative justice,
risk assessment, and emergency preparedness; and keeping firearms out of
the hands of dangerous individuals through universal background checks
for all gun purchases, lethal violence protection orders establishing a
process for law enforcement or family members to petition a court to
temporarily remove firearms from a person at risk of harming himself or
others, restoring a 48 hour waiting period for handgun purchases, and
banning bump stocks which can be used to convert firearms to automatic
Keeping our children safe – whether at school, at home, or in our
communities – has always been a top priority for Democrats. Yesterday,
Republicans again failed to act on measures to keep guns out of the
hands of dangerous people intent to do harm and therefore failed our
children, our schools, and our communities.
Last week, thousands of local students descended on the State Capitol,
while students at schools throughout the state walked out of class to
demand action to end gun violence. These students are speaking out about
their fears in light of the most recent school shooting in Florida and
an epidemic of gun violence in their communities, and they are calling
on us to keep them safe from gun violence. The school safety plan
offered this week by Democrats is reflective of what these students have
asked us to do.
Young people across the country and right here in Wisconsin are rising
up and speaking out against gun violence, and their message is clear:
Thoughts and prayers are not enough. Now is the time for action. I am
proud to stand with these young people who are demanding safer schools
and leading the way toward an end to gun violence once and for all.
Bill to Protect Dane County Passes Senate
This week, the State Senate passed Assembly Bill 836, which I authored
with Representative Todd Novak (R- Dodgeville), Senator Luther Olsen (R-
Ripon) and Senator Mark Miller (D-Monona). AB 836 will update references
in state statutes to reflect current population numbers and prevent
numerous laws designed specifically for Milwaukee County from being
applied to Dane County. In the next census, Dane County will surpass
500,000 residents and would, without this change, be subject to laws
written for application only in Milwaukee County, which has for almost a
century been the only county in Wisconsin with a population greater than
AB 836 updates over 200 references in state statutes, raising population
thresholds from 500,000 to 750,000 to ensure that the status quo
continues for laws as they apply to Dane County while making no changes
to what current laws apply to Milwaukee County. It makes no changes to
current powers or duties of county and local government in Wisconsin.
AB 836 has now passed both the State Assembly and State Senate and will
now head to the Governor.
Deal Victory for Democracy
Dane County Circuit Court Judge Josann Reynolds, who was appointed by
Governor Scott Walker in 2014, has ordered that Governor Walker promptly
hold special elections in two legislative districts that have been
vacant since December. Judge Reynolds noted that under the plain
language of the law, any vacancies in the Senate or Assembly occurring
before the second Tuesday in May in the year of a regular election are
to be filled “as promptly as possible by special election.” The decision
by Judge Reynolds was a particularly stunning indictment of the Governor
and of legislative Republicans who have been supportive of his decision
to deny residents of Assembly District 46 and Senate District 1
Predictably, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos chose to undermine the integrity
of the court by saying the decision was made by an “activist Dane County
judge.” Never mind that the ruling Judge was an appointee of the
It is clear that the Governor’s refusal to call these elections was
nothing more than a political decision in light of recent electoral
challenges faced by his own party. As Judge Reynolds said, “I cannot
reconcile the incongruity between Governor Walker’s administration’s
very vocal and consistent policy advocating for strict constructionism
and the position taken by the Attorney General in this case involving
the most basic constitutional guarantees and the interpretation of one
simply-worded statute. The two views are inconsistent, incompatible, and
International Trade Conference
Last week, I traveled with a group of Wisconsin legislators to
participate in an International Trade Legislative Conference in Québec
City. The Conference was organized by the National Assembly of Québec
and the National Conference of State Legislatures. The conference
allowed leaders and experts from the United States, Canada, and Mexico
to discuss and learn more about the current negotiations to renew the
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). We heard from experts on
all sides of the debate and gained valuable insights into how these
negotiations may impact our work at the state level.
Your Worries at Home: Consumer Protection Tips for Spring Breakers
Spring break is a time for letting go and having fun, and no traveler
wants to worry about the risk of getting ripped off by identity thieves
while they are kicking back on the beach. The Wisconsin Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks travelers to
take some simple steps before, during and after their trips to limit
their risk of having personal information stolen when they are away from
In the same way you will check and double-check your door locks before
you leave the house and start your journey, you should devote a couple
of pre-trip minutes to shoring up your online accounts, strengthening
the protection around your mobile devices, and limiting your risk of
information exposure. While traveling, avoid sharing sensitive
information over public WiFi networks and keep the trip details you
share on social media accounts to a minimum. When you return home, run
an antivirus scan on your devices and update passwords for your social
media, email and financial accounts.
Here are additional pre-, during and post-trip tips:
Before you start your trip:
Alert your financial institutions. Call the number on the back of
your credit and debit cards and let them know where and when you
will be travelling. This advance notice lets the bank know to expect
transactions from the areas you visit, keeping your account from
Verify your reservations. If you booked your trip through a
third-party website or travel service, confirm your reservations
directly with the airline, hotel or car rental business so you don't
get stranded in case of a miscommunication with your booking.
Put your mail on hold. Identity thieves could steal mail from
unattended mailboxes, giving them the information they need to
misuse your identity and open credit lines in your name. The post
office can hold your letters and packages until you return.
Limit what is in your wallet. Don't carry your Social Security card
in your wallet or purse and limit the bank cards you take on your
Pack a second credit card. If you lose your main card or it is
damaged, you will need a backup. Keep them packed in separate
Photocopy your documents and cards. Make two copies (front and back)
of your passport, driver's license, credit cards, tickets and hotel
reservation confirmations in case your original documents are lost
or stolen during your trip. Give one copy to a friend or family
member at home and carry the other copy with you, stored securely
and separately from the originals.
Share your plans with friends and family to avoid "grandparent
scams." Phone scammers could call your relatives while you are away,
claim to be you, and ask for money to get out of a phony legal or
medical emergency. Make a family plan that includes the best way to
reach you directly if a relative or friend receives one of these
frightening calls and set a code word or phrase to use to verify
legitimate emergency calls.
Tighten the security around your social media accounts. Your public
posts could give a thief the tools to steal your identity or rob
your home while you travel. Adjust the security settings on your
accounts to only allow friends and family to view your posts, and
consider turning off the location services on your phone so the
photos you post online are not tagged with GPS data. Make sure that
your mobile devices are password protected.
While on vacation:
Use caution with public WiFi. Avoid banking or sharing sensitive
data over public WiFi networks. Only send sensitive information over
password-protected networks and in secure websites (those that start
with "https://" - the "s" stands for secure).
Keep personal documents close. Make use of a room safe when
available for mobile devices, valuables and sensitive documents like
passports, ID cards, credit cards and airline tickets. Do NOT pack a
Social Security card unless it is necessary.
Always keep your mobile devices in a secure location. Your
smartphone, tablet and laptop contain a wealth of personal
information. Know where these devices are at all times and keep them
secure in public. Log out of all websites so your accounts are not
accessed if your device is lost or stolen.
Don't broadcast your trip on social media. In sharing your travel
plans, you are providing information for scammers to use in their
ploys (think "grandparent scams") and for thieves to use in
determining when your home is unattended.
When you get home:
Change passwords. Any website you accessed on your trip was fair
game for scammers, so change all of your passwords - especially for
your email account.
-Check accounts. Take a look through your bank and credit card
accounts and identify any irregularities. Bring them to the
immediate attention of your financial institution.
-Check credit reports. Review your credit reports to ensure that no
unexpected accounts have been created in your name.
For additional information, visit the Bureau of Consumer Protection at
http://datcp.wi.gov, send an e-mail to email@example.com or
call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.
Early Voting is Underway
The Spring General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 3. There is a
statewide Supreme Court election on the ballot as well as a statewide
referendum on whether or not to eliminate the office of State Treasurer.
Depending on where you live, you may also have an election for County
Board, School Board, or other local offices.
You do not have to wait until April 3 to cast your ballots. In-person
absentee voting for the election has begun in Madison and will continue
through Saturday, March 31, at the Madison City Clerk’s Office and
additional locations throughout the city. To learn more about in-person
absentee voting, including locations and times, please
Absentee ballots are also available by mail. Everything you need to know
to receive a ballot by mail is available via the Madison City Clerk by
Remember: You must present an acceptable photo ID card to vote in
Click here to find out if you have the correct identification and to
get information on how to obtain a free Wisconsin State ID Card for
Click here to
see what is on your ballot.
Click here to read the “Candidates’ Answers” on the League of Women
Voters of Dane County website.
Note: If you vote outside of the City of Madison, you will need to
contact your local city or village clerk’s office for absentee voting
locations and times.
Books and Maps
My office still has several of the newest edition Blue Books and state
maps. If you would like one, you may pick one up my at my Capitol office
(418 North) anytime from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. If
you are unable to come to the Capitol but would like a Blue Book or map,
please email Rep.Subeck@legis.wisconsin.gov or call my office at
608-266-7521 to have one sent to you.
Fun Fact: Women’s History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, March’s fun facts will highlight
women’s contributions to Wisconsin’s history. The facts have been
researched and written by the Wisconsin Women Making History Project, a
collaboration of the Wisconsin State Historical Society, Wisconsin
Public Television-Education, UW Women’s studies consortium, UW Gender
and Women Studies Librarian, and the Wisconsin Humanities council.
Debra Amesqua – The first woman Chief of the Madison Fire Department and
one of the first women fire chiefs in the country.
Debra Amesqua, born Debra Jane Hernandez, grew up in Tallahassee,
Florida. Her parents were migrant famers with roots in Mexico who
enjoyed music. Her early exposure to music influenced her to study the
clarinet and guitar at Florida State University (FSU), making her the
first person in her family to attend college. Amesqua left FSU before
graduating, and in 1983, she became a firefighter. She served as a
trainer in Tallahassee before relocating to Madison, Wisconsin.
Amesqua, who became Madison’s first woman fire chief in 1996, was only
the seventh woman in the country to lead a fire department. She faced
strong opposition during her first years as chief but gradually earned
the respect of her department. Chief Amesqua oversaw nearly 400
personnel and 12 stations including the opening of two new stations (the
first in 25 years). Under her leadership, Emergency Medical Services
protocol improved throughout Dane County, and the emphasis on fire
prevention strengthened. As a result, the City of Madison recorded only
one fire fatality in three and a half years, compared to the national
average of seven to eight fatalities in a three-year span. Amesqua
received numerous awards during her career, including Chief of the Year
by the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association. After 16 years as
the Madison Fire Chief, she retired in 2012.
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