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Dear Friends and Neighbors,


This week’s update will be a shorter one, as we head into the July 4th weekend. It has been another busy week here in the Capitol, with the budget process coming to a close. Governor Evers signed the 2019-21 state budget earlier today after using his partial veto authority to make some significant changes. More information about the final version of the state budget will come in next week’s newsletter.

In this week’s newsletter, you will find an update on the Adoption Task Force, some safety tips from the DNR, and a fun Wisconsin fact.

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

I hope you and your family have a great Fourth of July!
Lisa Subeck
State Representative
78th Assembly District

In This Weeks Update:

Adoption Task Force

DNR - Water Safety

Wisconsin Fun Fact


Whats Happening?

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Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

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Adoption Task Force Meets at UW - Green Bay

On Tuesday I went up to Green Bay with the Speaker’s Task Force on Adoption where we heard from University of Wisconsin-Green Bay faculty from the Social Welfare Department who informed us that 58% of children in foster care are children of color. We then heard from tribal leaders and social workers from the Menomonie, Stockbridge-Munsee, and Oneida tribes who explained the importance of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and that there needs to be more training on this federal law for social workers. There were also local social service department representatives in attendance who explained their efforts to keep siblings together and the attempts to place children with relatives first.  We wrapped up the hearing with members of the public who shared their adoption stories. These stories ranged from heartbreaking to horrifying to downright amazing because of the advances in commercial DNA testing.


Stakeholders keep highlighting issues that are definitely now recurring themes of difficulties in the adoption process in Wisconsin.  Some of these include heavy caseloads by county social workers leading to burnout, high turnover rates by social workers, the cost of adoption especially in private adoptions, the duration of time the termination of parental rights process being too long, and the need for trauma resources especially for children adopted from the foster care system.


My day at UWGB with the Adoption Task Force was definitely an informative day for all of us. If you are interested in checking out this meeting to hear this fantastic testimony, you can check out the WisconsinEye footage here.


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DNR Urges Water Safety

Many Wisconsinites will be spending part of this week boating on our state’s many lakes, streams, and rivers as we celebrate the 4th of July. DNR officials are urging all water users to exercise caution and to wear life jackets when recreating on Wisconsin’s waters – many of which are in flood stages due to an exceedingly wet spring.

  • Make a float plan, follow that plan - and let someone know where you are going.
  • Match your skill level and boat type to water and weather conditions.
  • Take a boating safety class and hone your skills.
    • Everyone born on or after January 1, 1989 must have completed a boating safety course to operate a motorboat (unless ages 10-15 and accompanied by a parent or guardian). People can also take an online boat safety course.
  • Do not overload your vessel.
  • Place belongings and dry clothing in a wet sack or other waterproof container.
  • Another top tip is to remain sober while operating your boat or paddling. Hold off on consuming alcohol until after your recreational boating outing.


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Wisconsin Fun Fact

Have you ever wondered how Wisconsin Dells became such a tourist destination? It all has to do with a carpenter, Civil War veteran, and photographer: Henry Hamilton “H.H.” Bennett.   Before the Civil War, Bennett worked with his father as a carpenter. Once the war started he enlisted in the infantry with his brother, but during this period he was seriously injured from an accidental discharge of his own gun.  This injury made it too difficult to resume work as a carpenter.

Needing to earn a living, he purchased the tintype portrait studio in Kilbourn (the former name for the City of Wisconsin Dells).  There wasn’t a great demand for portraits in Central Wisconsin at this time, so to supplement his income he took up scenery photography.  He recognized there being a market for tourism in this area, so he began selling his view books to traveling agents from all over the country and later sold pictures and postcards in his store to tourists. 

Tourism really took off after Bennett invented a type of shutter for his camera that would be able to capture motion without the photo being blurry.  A now famous photo of his son, Ashley, leaping across Stand Rock was taken as proof that his invention worked. When the photo was shown to a crowd in Boston, they gasped.

The shutter wasn’t Bennett’s only invention.  He created several gadgets and procedures to aid in photography, but he also took 100 mile trip with loggers down the Wisconsin River with his son, and took photos of them working.  He compiled these photos with ones he took around the Dells. This is recognized as the first instance of a story being told in pictures, and became the birth of photojournalism.

We can thank Bennett’s conservation values, which he taught his children, for the beauty along the Wisconsin River today.  During the Great Depression, his son-in-law, George Crandall started buying up the land along the Dells which prevented the area from being altered by developers.  Later on, this land was given to the University of Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation by Bennett’s granddaughters to preserve this area for future generations to enjoy as well.  His home and photography collection is now a historic site run by the Wisconsin Historical Society. If you are interested in looking at some of Bennett’s photography, you can visit the WHS archive. 



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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

UW Arboretum Walk
Sunday, July 7, 2019

1:00 - 2:30 PM
UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Highway


Craft Corner

Monday, July 8, 2019
12:30 to 1:30 PM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd, Madison

Concerts on the Square
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

5 PM
State Capitol Building, King Street


2019 Fete de Marquette
Thursday, July 11-14, 2019

Begins 4 PM on Thursday
McPike Park

202 S. Intgersoll


Madison Comic Con Convention
Saturday, July 13, 2019

10 AM - 4 PM
Hawthron Suites by Wyndham Madison Fitchburg
5421 Caddis Bend, Fitchburg


61st Annual Art Fair on the Square
Saturday & Sunday July 13 & 14, 2019

9 AM - 6 PM Saturday
10 AM - 5 PM Sunday

Capitol Square


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