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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, Governor Evers gave me and my legislative colleagues some homework. In a letter addressed to leadership from both parties in both houses, the Governor outlined priorities he'd like to see sent to his desk for a signature before the end of our legislative session which is anticipated to conclude in the spring. These bills have bi-partisan support and a majority have already passed either the Senate or Assembly, so you would think our assignment would be easy to complete, but unsurprisingly, Republican leadership is unhappy being reminded of unfinished business like closing the dark store loophole, curbing the cost of insulin, protecting minors forced into sex trafficking, expanding rural broadband and more. I'm know I'm ready, along with my Democratic colleagues, to get this homework done. 

Also this week, Governor Tony Evers released the Year of Clean Drinking Water Report prepared at his request by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  Gov. Evers declared 2019 the Year of Clean Drinking Water and action began immediately with several key initiatives that were included in the Governor’s 2019-21 biennial budget proposal. The report highlights Wisconsin's fight for clean drinking water, unsafe levels of nitrates posing drinking water dangers statewide, emerging health concerns regarding PFAS contamination across the state, and the need for lead service line replacement. While this report outlines many positive first steps, Legislative Democrats remain committed to working with Gov. Evers to achieve and maintain clean drinking water throughout out state. 

On Thursday, after over forty years of public service, Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) announced he will not seek re-election to the State Senate this fall. First elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2000, Senator Hansen has served in various leadership roles including Majority Leader, Assistant Majority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader and Joint Finance Vice-Chair. During his time in the legislature he has had 51 bills signed into law. Senator Hansen has served his community and state well, and I wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.

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 Legislative Week Ahead

Be Prepared for Winter Storm

Wisconsin Women Wanted to Complete National Survey

WI Awarded $10 Mil. Early Childhood Education Grant

Wisconsin Fun Fact

Whats Happening?

Contact Me:

418 North, State Capitol

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 Legislative Week Ahead:

The 2020 Legislative Session kicks into high gear next week with a session floor period scheduled on Wednesday, and committees scheduled throughout the week. As of January 10, 2020 the legislative meeting schedule is outlined below, and for the most current listing of legislative committees visit the Legislative Schedule page.

Monday, January 13th
Assembly Committee on Rules (1 PM Assembly Parlour)

Tuesday, January 14th

Assembly Committee on Rural Development (9:55AM, 225NW)
Assembly Committee on Family Law (10AM, North Hearing Room)
Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology & Consumer Protection (1 PM, 201 SE)

Wednesday, January 15th
Assembly Committee on Health (9AM, 412 East)
Assembly Committee on Forestry, Parks, and Outdoor Recreation (9:30AM, 328 NW)
Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy (10AM, 417 N)
Assembly Committee on Children and Families (11AM, 300 NE)
Assembly Session (1 PM, Assembly Chamber)
Senate Committee on Elections, Ethics and Rural Issues (1 PM 411S)
Senate Committee on Public Benefits, Licensing and State-Federal Relations (10 AM 201 SE)
Senate Committee on Transportation, Veterans and Military Affairs (1:30 PM 330SW)

Thursday, January 16th
Assembly Committee on Environment (10AM, 415 NW)
Assembly Committee on Consumer Protection (10:30, North Hearing Room)

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Be Prepared for Winter Storm

A winter storm expected to hit southern and northeastern Wisconsin Friday night and into this weekend could result in several inches of snow, icy conditions on roads, and high winds that could lead to power outages. ReadyWisconsin is encouraging everyone to make safety a priority and to plan ahead, before the storm arrives.

To help prepare yourself and your family, ReadyWisconsin offers the following advice:

  • Check your home and vehicle emergency kits. Make sure they have a good supply of items such as non-perishable foods, extra water, blankets, and flashlights with fresh batteries. You can find more advice on how to build an emergency kit at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/make-a-kit/
  • Have a plan for what to do if you lose power. Identify family or friends you may be able to stay with, along with contact information for your utility to report an outage and to receive updates on restoration times.
  • If you have travel plans, consider delaying them. If you must be on the road, check the state’s 511 Wisconsin service for updates on major routes. Available through the 511wi mobile app or located online at http://www.511wi.gov, this service offers current traffic and road conditions, updates on accidents and closures, and live traffic camera feeds.
  • Identify trusted local sources of information, such as local law enforcement, municipal streets department, and county highway department websites or social media pages. Rely on them for information about local road closures or other safety concerns affecting your area.
  • Have multiple ways to receive alerts about dangerous weather conditions, including local TV and radio stations, a NOAA Weather Radio, and reliable websites with current forecast information.
  • High winds could result in dangerous conditions along shoreline areas and falling branches from trees. Be aware of the potential danger if spending time outdoors.

Find more tips on getting ready for winter at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov/be-informed/winter-storms/. You can also follow us on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin), Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin) for updates about storm conditions

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Survey.jpgWisconsin Women Wanted to Complete National Survey

The Wisconsin Women’s Council is asking women across Wisconsin to participate in the a national online survey of women to identify the issues women across the United States self-identify as impacting the daily lives of women at home and in the workplace.

The survey is led by the National Association of Commission for Women, a national non-profit organization. The survey is open now through January 31, 2020, is 100% anonymous and available in English and Spanish.

Take the survey today!

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Wisconsin awarded $10 mil. grant for early childhood education

Earlier this week it was announced Wisconsin will be awarded roughly $10 million through the Preschool Development Birth to Five Grant (PDG B-5) to strengthen its early childhood state system!

Access to quality early care and education (ECE) is not just a Wisconsin problem – states across the nation are struggling with recruiting and retaining ECE professionals, maintaining affordability for all families, and improving quality standards. Thanks to a recent $10 million Preschool Development Birth through Five Grant (PDG B-5), Wisconsin has the opportunity to build a strong ECE system that engages partners at the state, regional, and local
level to improve the well-being, healthy development, and kindergarten readiness among all children ages birth to five.

Research by Children’s Empowerment Through Education shows that children who participate in high-quality early care and education programs do better in school and have a higher likelihood of excelling in adulthood. To help set the stage for lifelong success and ensure that all Wisconsin children thrive, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) is committed to providing families in every corner of the state with more high-quality, affordable early care and education options that meet their needs.This one-year federal grant will allow DCF, along with Governor and First Lady Evers, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, a broad cross section of state agency leaders, and Wisconsin’s Early Childhood Advisory Council, to perform a comprehensive statewide assessment and develop a strategic plan aimed at:

• Empowering parental decision-making through enhanced communication and assistance;
• Attracting and retaining ECE professionals through fair compensation and increasing access to quality professional development;
• Building regional networks of support that assist local ECE networks by maximizing economies of scale, providing technical assistance, and engaging partners;
• and, increasing overall quality through competitive innovation grants.

By working together – intentionally aligning and improving how we support and serve our youngest children and families – we will help every child succeed and help Wisconsin thrive.

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Wisconsin Fun Fact

Carrie (Clinton Lane) Chapman Catt, a pillar of the US Women’s Suffrage movement, was born in Ripon, January 9, 1859. Whiling living in Iowa and working for a school district, she decided to join the Iowa Woman Suffrage Association, soon taking leadership roles within the association. By the time she had become a more prominent figure in the Iowa Women’s Suffrage movement, Susan B. Anthony was nearing retirement leading the National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA) resulting in an opportunity for Catt to run the National Association. She served in this role for several years, but later decided that traveling abroad for the International Woman Suffrage Alliance and spreading democracy around the globe would be the best possible use of her time and resources (at this time she had found herself to be a wealthy widow).

Catt traveled until around 1915 when she returned to the United States to resume presidency of NAWSA, and in 1920 women in America finally gained the right to vote. Her strategy to achieve women’s suffrage was unlike most – she looked at campaigns within each individual state to stress the importance of Women’s Suffrage -- rather than simply pushing for the amendment to the constitution. Upon completion of ratification of the 19th Amendment, Catt founded the League of Women Voters to educate women on political issues and served as the organization’s honorary president until her death in 1947 in New Rochelle, New York.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Saturday Science: Chill Out with the Animals in Winter
Saturday, January 11, 2020

10 AM - 12 PM
Discovery Building
330 Orchard St., Madison

Discover how animals adapt to the cold and snow at this free monthly event for kids and families! Read animal tracks and tree rings, make your own nature journal, compare animal adaptations, build tools to measure the wind and weather, celebrate Aldo Leopold’s birthday and his interests in the natural world and more.Learn more: http://discovery.wisc.edu/SaturdayScience


Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest Preview Party

Saturday, January 11, 2020 - Metcalfe's West Towne
Sunday, January 12, 2020 - Metcalfe's Hilldale

12 PM - 2 PM

Join us on January 11th & 12th for a preview of the fun at Metcalfe's Hilldale and West Towne! We'll have samples from One Barrel Brewing beer and local cheesemakers.
Plus, you'll have your chance to win a pair of VID tickets to Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest at each store when you enter our in-store raffle during the event. You can't even buy them - they're all sold out! - but you might win them. We'll be raffling one pair of VIP tickets per store.

Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest 2019 is happening January 18th, 2020.

Wine & Cheese Pairing
Sunday, January 12, 2020

12 PM - 1 PM
Drumlin Ridge Winery
6000 River Road, Waunakee

Hooks Cheese and Drumlin Ridge Wine Paring

Kids Art Adventures: Wisconsin Triennial
Sunday, January 12, 2020

1 PM - 2:30 PM
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State Street, Madison

The 2019 "Wisconsin Triennial" includes works by artists who create characters to tell stories. Step into these fictional worlds, and then make your own imaginary characters come to life as figurative sculptures.

Kids’ Art Adventures invite families to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom following guided discussion of art on view in the museum’s exhibitions. Six- to ten-year-olds and their families should meet promptly at 1 pm in MMoCA’s lobby; children must be accompanied by an adult. Space at Kids’ Art Adventures is limited to thirty children.


Madison's Plan for Carbon Sustainability
Monday, January 13, 2020

10 AM - 11:30 AM
Attic Angel Community
8301 Old Sauk Rd., Middleton

The lectures are held in the Community Room at Attic Angel Place, 8301 Old Sauk Road, Middleton. Coffee is served at 10:00 a.m. and the program begins at 10:30 a.m.



Writing & Editing Assistance
Tuesday, January 14, 2020

6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Central Library - Study Room 204
201 W. Mifflin St., Madison

One-on-one appointments are available to get help with writing and editing projects. Examples of projects include resumes, job application letters, creative writing such as fiction (short stories or novels), poetry, drama, screenplays, memoir, or other kinds of creative non-fiction.

You can get help with proofreading and editing, or you can discuss a larger vision for a writing project and how best to reach your writing goals. Sign up for a free one hour session of one-on-one assistance by calling 266-6350.


Stories & Sculpting: A Preschool Story Time
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

10 AM - 10:45 AM
Alicia Ashman Library

733 N. High Point Rd., Madison

Preschool Storytime plus sculpting! We'll start with some books, songs, and an app of the week, then explore different methods of creating sculptures each week. Be sure to wear clothes that can get messy! For children ages 3-5, siblings welcome.

Knitting at the Library
Thursday, January 16, 2020

3 PM - 4:30 PM
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

Learn to knit or bring your current project. Supplies provided. Children under 8 must have an adult present.

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