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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, and that your 2021 is off to a great start!

The 2021-2022 Legislative Session kicked off this week with Legislative Democrats introducing COVID-19 relief legislation, the Health Committee meeting on Tuesday, and a session day occuring on Thursday.

In my first e-update of the year you can also find information on the status of COVID-19 vaccinations in Wisconsin, DOT's plans for the Beltline, and the next phase of planning for Odana Road.

As always, if you have any questions or need assistance with any matter, please feel free to contact my office.

Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

The 2021-22 Session Is Off to a Busy Start!

Committee Assignments Have Been Announced

COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway in Wisconsin

DOT Announces flex Lane Plans for Beltline

City of Madison Continues Odana Road Planning

Wisconsin Fun Fact

Trusted COVID-19 Resources

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P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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The 2021-22 Session Is Off to a Busy Start!

The first week of the 2021-2022 Legislative Session has been busy.  On Monday, Legislative Democrats introduced legislation to address the challenges COVID-19 have presented to Wisconsinites. Tuesday, I had my first committee meeting of this session when the Assembly Committee on Health took up Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1), the Republican's version of COVID-19 relief.  Thursday, the Assembly was in session voting on the fast-tracked Republican plan which did nothing to help with the public health and economic obstacles Wisconsinites are facing, and was little more than a corporate special interest wish list.

Republicans have spent the last eight months sitting on their hands doing nothing as our communities, families, and businesses suffered in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Wisconsin has waited too long for the Legislature to act to stop the spread of this deadly disease and to provide substantive economic relief to the people of our state.

Not only have Republicans ignored the pleas of Wisconsinites to address the public health and economic challenges caused by the pandemic, but they have made a bad situation worse by putting up new roadblocks to combatting COVID at every turn.

Passage of Assembly Bill 1 showed that instead of listening to the people of our state and working together for real solutions, Assembly Republicans chose to engage in political theater. The bill passed does more to protect corporations and special interests than to protect people, adds more bureaucracy and red tape, and ties the hands of local communities to address the pandemic. Republicans rammed it through the Assembly knowing that it does not have Senate support and is unlikely to be signed by the Governor.

The pandemic continues jeopardizing the health and lives of Wisconsinites and the economic security of our families and small businesses. That is why my Democratic colleagues and I introduced an amendment to AB 1 which would have continued funding Wisconsin’s public health response and provided vital support for those Wisconsinites struggling to make ends meet to no fault of their own in the face of this pandemic.

Now more than ever, Wisconsin’s leaders need to come together to find solutions that put people first and move our state forward toward recovery.


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Committee Assignments Have Been Announced

This week, the 2021-2022 Legislative Session committee assignments were finalized. I am pleased to announce that I have been appointed to serve on the following committees this session:

  • Assembly Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules
  • Assembly Committee on Campaigns & Elections
  • Assembly Committee on Energy & Utilities
  • Assembly Committee on Health
  • Assembly Committee on Rules
  • Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules
  • State Capitol & Executive Residence Board

It is an honor to be selected to serve on these committees,and I am excited to continue my work and to assume new leadership responsibilities as a ranking member on the Committee on Health and on the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules.

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Underway in Wisconsin

As of January 8th, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) is reporting that 123,402 COVID-19 vaccinations have been administered in Wisconsin. DHS recently released two visualizations of vaccination progress. They can be found on the DHS COVID-19 webpage, or here.

DHS will be providing additional data visualizations, and updating the data more frequently, as the rollout period progresses to help provide transparency on the state’s progress. It is important to remember that once vaccine is shipped it can still take several days to reach its final destination.  

It is encouraging to see the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine both within the phase 1A population and beyond, as DHS working to get the vaccine to Wisconsinites as quickly and safely as possible.

*Info provided by Wisconsin Department of Health Services.

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DOT Announces Flex Lane Plans for Beltline

On Wednesday, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) announced that they will soon be starting a $45.1 million project to convert the inside median shoulders of the Beltline for use as an additional travel lane during peak traffic periods. In addition, the project will address deteriorating pavement; improve existing drainage deficiencies; and replace the existing median barrier wall. The DOT is branding the shoulder lane the “Flex Lane”.

The technology used in the new Flex Lane is new to Wisconsin, but currently successfully utilized in 17 other states. Built within the existing footprint of the Beltline, no real estate acquisitions are necessary with the Flex Lane project.

  • A narrated video is available to demonstrate the Flex Lane operations is available here.
  • You can read more about the Flex Lane project here.

The project is expected to start in March, and wrap up in December 2021.

*Info provided by Wisconsin DOT.

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City of Madison Continues Odana Road Planning

The City of Madison Planning Division is beginning another phase of virtual public participation for the Odana Area Plan. At each meeting, City staff will present draft concepts, gather input, and facilitate discussions about future land use, transportation, parks and open space, and related elements within the plan boundary. 

You can attend either or both meetings (the content at both meetings will be the same) by registering at the links below.

Register for the January 21st 12:00 pm meeting

Register for the January 27th 5:30 pm meeting

You will receive an email with a Zoom link to access the meeting by calling in or connecting via your computer or other device.

More information about the planning process is available on the Odana Area Plan website.  If you have any questions, contact Ben Zellers at bzellers@cityofmadison.com.

*Info provided by the City of Madison.

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Wisconsin Fun Fact

Though he himself disliked the term, Edwin E. Witte was called “the father of Social Security”. To this day, many older Americans rely on this program to sustain themselves through their golden years.

Witte was born in Ebenezer, WI, in Jefferson County, on January 4th, 1887. As a child, he was seen as having high intelligence, and graduated valedictorian of his high school class. He was the first college attendee in his family.

At what is today UW-Madison, Witte studied under John R. Commons, who worked with Robert M. LaFollette, Sr. in crafting the Wisconsin Idea. Witte later worked in both state and federal government focusing on insurance, economics, and labor. He also served for a time as the head of what is now known as the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau. Starting in 1933, he became a professor in the economics department at UW-Madison.

In the early 1930s, Witte was selected to lead the President's Committee on Economic Security to propose legislation that would eventually become the Social Security Act of 1935. Upon passage of the Act Witte returned to teaching, but remained a consultant to the Social Security Administration and other social insurance committees and councils.

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Trusted COVID-19 Resources:

Department of Health Services COVID-19 Site

CDC COVID-19 Information

Governor Evers's COVID-19 Information Hub

County & Tribal Health Officials

Dept. of Workforce Development COVID-19 FAQs

World Health Organization Corona Virus Info

Public Health Dane County & City of Madison

WHA COVID-19 Situational Awareness Update


COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool

DHS COVID-19 Vaccine Data

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