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Dear Friends and Neighbors,


This week I attended the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) Annual Summit in Nashville, Tennessee.  Among the many meetings, activities and workshops, I concluded my two year term on NCSL’s Women’s Legislative Network, represented Wisconsin as an appointed member of NCSL’s Health and Human Services Committee, and stood with legislators across the country calling for common sense gun law reform.

In this week’s newsletter, you will find information about preventative gun violence proposals in the wake of last weekend’s mass shootings, news of the Child Victims Act introduction, and more.

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:

Ending Gun Violence

Child Victims Act

Thank You, Rosie!

Beware of Wild Parsnip

Moving Day Message

Fun Wisconsin Fact

Whats Happening?

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P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

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Ending Gun Violence

During the National Conference of State Legislatures, I joined other members of the American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention at a press conference to affirm our commitment to passing common sense laws to end gun violence. 

It is time to stop making excuses and time to act on gun safety. Legislators have the power to curb gun violence with laws such as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, more commonly known as “Red Flag Laws.”  These laws save lives by allowing family members and law enforcement to petition a court to temporarily restrict a person’s access to firearms if they demonstrate warning signs or threatening behavior.  Common sense legislation like this works to curb gun related suicide and could even prevent some mass shootings where family members of perpetrators have seen warning signs but were powerless to stop them.

Common sense reforms like background checks, extreme risk protection orders, and safe storage requirements save lives. That is why my Democratic colleagues and I have authored and supported legislation to address these issues. Thoughts and prayers are not enough, and action is long overdue.


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Child Victims Act

The Child Victims Act, introduced this week, would repeal the statute of limitations for childhood sexual assaults. Under current law, the right of an individual to bring civil action against a perpetrator ends at age 35.  This legislation would eliminate the age limit altogether and also create a three year period where victims could bring forward cases that previously were prohibited due to the statute of limitations having expired. Additionally, clergy would become mandatory reporters in cases of sexual abuse.

In the vast majority of child abuse cases, victims do not disclose immediately after the event.  This is why it is so important that the statute of limitations be repealed. The ability to find justice should not have an expiration date.


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Thank You, Rosie!

This week, we say goodbye to our intern, Rosie, who has lived in the 78th district her entire life. She has spent her Mondays and Tuesdays this summer helping out the office with constituent contacts, writing weekly newsletter articles, and researching important issues in the legislature. Rosie graduated from James Madison Memorial High School in 2018, and will be going into her second year at the University of Minnesota this fall where she is studying history and political science with a concentration of imperialism, colonialism and settler colonial studies. Her plans after graduation are to go into public service like her parents or attend law school.  We will miss her but wish her the best as she continues her studies!

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Beware of Wild Parsnip

In recent decades, wild parsnip’s range has been expanding, making it important to contain. Wild parsnip is a restricted species in Wisconsin which means it has already established a presence here, and has the potential to cause significant environmental and economic harm.  Wild Parsnip invades prairies, oak savannas, ferns, old fields, pastures, and roadsides across the state.  It is recognized for its small, five-petal flowers in flat-top clusters, with sharply toothed leaves.  Reaching up to five feet in height, this plant produces an average of 975 seeds, which can last up to 4 years in the soil.  Although it might look tempting to pick, wild parsnip is actually quite harmful.

Wild parsnip is dangerous when the sap makes contact with skin in the sunlight.  When controlling the species, be sure to protect yourself and your kids from exposure by wearing long pants, sleeves, and gloves.  Sap contact with skin can cause red skin and blisters, so if exposed to it, make sure to wash the contaminated area immediately.  If blisters form, try to keep them from breaking for as long as possible to protect the skin underneath to allow for better healing.

With safety always in mind, mowing wild parsnip has been an effective way of controlling its spread in Wisconsin, but make sure to mow when the plant is flowering at a point with no seeds, because if mowed too early, wild parsnip will simply re-sprout and distribute seeds.  Other effective means of control include cutting the root 1-2 inches below the soil or using herbicides.  Additionally, people will pull wild parsnip at night to minimize the possibility of sap burns in sun exposure.


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Moving Day Message from DATCP

In August, many individuals and families move in and out of rental properties throughout the state, especially in college towns.  To reduce moving stress, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is helping renters understand their rights and responsibilities when entering or leaving a rental agreement.

When moving into a new apartment, make sure to complete a check-in sheet as soon as you get the keys.  Take pictures or videos of any damages and submit copies of the images to your landlord along with the report within your first seven days.  Keep copies of these materials for yourself as well.  Reporting these conditions can give you grounds to contest security deposit withholdings in the future.  In addition, landlords must provide the name and address of a person to contact for maintenance problems. Tenants are usually responsible for minor repairs.

Before moving out of an apartment, ask your landlord for a preliminary walk-through of the property.  This can help you assess what needs repairs or cleaning to avoid security deposit deductions.  Again, take detailed photos during your final walk-through so you have documentation of the state in which you left it.  Remember to provide your new address so you can receive your security deposit quickly.

For more information, download a free copy of DATCP’s “Tenants’ Rights and Responsibilities” fact sheet.


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Fun Wisconsin Fact

On August 5th, 1926, magician Harry Houdini preformed an extreme stunt where he was trapped underwater in a coffin for nearly two hours before a dramatic escape.

Houdini, born Erik Weisz in Budapest Hungary, moved to Appleton, Wisconsin with his family in the late 1870s. His father, a Rabbi for Appleton Zion Reform Jewish congregation, led the family all around Wisconsin and the United States in search of work when he lost his job as Rabbi. This state of perpetual poverty led Erik (Harry Houdini) into a variety of odd jobs to help his family make ends meet.  When he was nine, he became a trapeze artist which ultimately led him to magic.

He began his career with simple sleight of hand card tricks but soon became fascinated with escape acts such as the daunting one he performed 93 years ago this week on August 5. These performances took a great physical toll on the magician, leading him to an early death later that year. He died of peritonitis secondary to a ruptured appendix caused by complications associated with his show the day before.

Houdini is memorialized in Appleton, Wisconsin, and all over the country but is buried in Queens with the crest of the Society of American Magicians adorned on his grave.


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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Donuts with Dad
August 10, 2019

10 AM - 11 AM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 North High Point Rd

Enjoy a fun Saturday morning with stories, movies and snacks for dads and their kids (moms are welcome as well).

Good Shepherd Summer Parish Festival
August 11, 2019

12 PM - 9 PM
St. Joseph Church
1905 West Beltline Highway

Enjoy this summer festival with Mexican and American food, games, and Disney characters to greet children.  There will be lots of music and traditional dancing, as well as a special mass at 10:45 am.


Saturday Science: Pollutions & Solutions
August 10, 2019
10 AM to 12 PM

UW Discovery Building
330 North Orchard St., Madison

Come to the UW Discovery building to find out how water affects us every day, create new ideas to solve our pollution epidemic, and try out some water tricks.


Paoli Art Fair
August 10 - 10 AM to 5 PM
August 11 - 11 AM to 4 PM

Paoli Mill Park
6890 Paoli Rd, Paoli

Support local artists and makers at this two day art fair along the banks of the Sugar River in Paoli.

Curdfest 2019
August 11, 2019

12 PM - 5 PM
Breese Stevens Field
917 E. Mifflin St., Madison

Enjoy the fourth year of this quirky Wisconsin tradition at Breese Stevens field this Sunday.  There will be fresh and fried cheese curd vendors, food trucks, as well as beer and wine.

Black Restaurant Week
August 11 - 18, 2019

Madison area restaurants, food carts, and caterers

Support the fourth annual Black Restaurant Week in Madison, where each vendor will have a special during the week.  The kickoff event occurs from 5-8 pm on August 9 at the Badger Rock Neighborhood Center, but festivities continue all week.  Click here for more information.


Read to a Dog
August 14, 2019

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

First-come, first-serve: bring a book to read out loud to a furry friend at the library this Wednesday.

Picture Books and Paint Brushes - A Story Time
August 15, 2019

10 AM - 10:45 AM
Alicia Ashman Library
733 North High Point Rd., Madison

Kids ages 3-5 and their siblings are welcome for a preschool story time followed by outside painting time.  Be sure to bring clothes that can get messy, no registration is needed.


Horticulture Open House
August 17, 2019

9 AM - 1 PM
West Madison Agricultural Research Station
8502 Mineral Point Rd., Madison

Visitors are welcome to tour the research station’s flowerbeds with more than 300 varieties of flowers will be on display.  Fresh-picked vegetables will be available to sample.

Sweet Corn Festival
August 15 - 18, 2019

Angell Park
315 Park St., Sun Prairie

Join 100,000 people across the Midwest and come to Sun Prairie’s annual Sweet Corn Festival this Thursday through Sunday.  A parade begins the festival at 6:00pm on Thursday.  There will be a family entertainment stage, obstacle course, mini golf, rock wall, craft fair, corn sales, beer shelter, and much more.

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