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Dear Friends and Neighbors,


Happy International Women’s Day!

Read on for some information about the #BalanceforBetter campaign, a bill that would regulate insurance practices regarding step therapy, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress’s annual hearings, and a fun Wisconsin fact. And remember to turn your clocks forward this weekend for Daylight Saving Time!

Please note that we have moved to a new office in the State Capitol building – we are now located in room 109 North, not 322 West. Our phone number and email remain the same.

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:

International Women's Day

Step Therapy Coalition Visit

Wisconsin Conservation Congress

Spring Forward!

Fun Wisconsin Fact

Whats Happening?

Contact Me:

109 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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On International Women’s Day, Representative Subeck Supports the #BalanceforBetter Campaign


Today, I join women and allies from around the world in recognizing International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate accomplishments and to reflect on the work that still needs to be done to achieve social, economic, political, and cultural equality for women. The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 is #BalanceforBetter.

In 2019, women in Wisconsin are engaged and energized, calling for an end to sexual assault, harassment, and discrimination. Today we celebrate the progress that we have made and renew our commitment to achieving gender parity as we strive to #BalanceforBetter,

In Wisconsin and across the country, women have made historic advances in recent years. Women, especially women of color, made history in the 2018 midterm elections. A record number of women were elected to the House of Representatives, including the first Native American women and the first Muslim women to serve in that body. In Wisconsin, women running for office made historic waves, as we elected more women to the State Legislature, elected Sarah Godlewski as State Treasurer, and re-elected US Senator Tammy Baldwin. 

Unfortunately, Wisconsin still has a long way to go to achieve gender balance and equity. Women in our state are paid just 78 cents on the dollar compared to men and face unnecessary barriers to equity in the workplace. Women of color make even less compared to men, and the wage gap means Wisconsin women overall lose $14 billion total every year. Women have lost ground on access to reproductive healthcare, and the Republican majority in the Legislature has refused to act on policies that empower women economically and socially. Compared to its neighboring states, Wisconsin has the lowest percentage of women serving in its Legislature. 

Given the underrepresentation of women in decision-making bodies, it should come as no surprise that we are losing ground in Wisconsin and across the nation. We can and should do much better to create balance in our state. Together, we can and will achieve gender parity and #BalanceforBetter. 


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Step Therapy Coalition Visit

My staff and I have enjoyed having lots of visitors this week in our Capitol office, including members of the Step Therapy Coalition. Members of the coalition visited to advocate for Assembly Bill (AB) 24, a bill that would create exceptions to step therapy requirements put in place by insurance companies. Step therapy, also known as “fail first,” is a process that requires patients to try and fail on one or more medicines chosen by their insurer before coverage is granted for the drug prescribed by the patient’s health care provider. This helps insurers save money, but it can prevent patients from getting the treatment they need in a timely fashion. AB 24 reforms the step therapy process and returns prescription and treatment decision-making to the physician and the patient rather than the insurer.

I am sponsoring this bill because it will improve patient care for individuals with conditions like psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other chronic diseases by eliminating unnecessary delays to getting the treatment and medications they need. Thank you to constituents from the NICA - National Infusion Center Association and the National Psoriasis Foundation for talking to me about how changing the law will help you.


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Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Hearings

On April 8th at 7:00pm, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Annual Spring Hearings will occur in locations across Wisconsin.  In Dane County, the hearing will be held in the Monona Grove High School Auditorium. The hearings offer members of the public an opportunity to weigh in on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to conservation and fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin.

In the past, I have heard from people who haven’t always been able to attend a hearing due to their work schedules, conflicts with other meetings, or simply needing to be home with their families.  Now, for the first time, an online option will be provided for those who are not able to attend a hearing in person.  In addition to the online option, meeting attendees can also use their smart phones to cast their ballots.

The Spring Hearing process allows the public the opportunity to comment and register their support or opposition to DNR proposed rule changes as well as Congress proposals that could someday become the rules that regulate fishing, hunting, trapping and other outdoor recreation activities in Wisconsin.

I hope that you will take advantage of the opportunity to voice your opinion in-person or online. You can learn more at the following link.




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Spring Forward!

This Sunday, March 10th Daylight Saving Time begins! This means it’s time to set your clocks forward one hour. At 2 a.m. on March 10th, we will turn our clocks forward one hour to 3 a.m. Remember not to schedule anything important for 2:30 in the morning because that time won’t exist! (Not a great time for a meeting, anyway.)  


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Fun Wisconsin Fact

The Fun Wisconsin fact today is taken from the Worm Watch Survey produced by the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

 “Earthworms are newcomers to Wisconsin’s forests.  All native worms, if we had any, were killed during the last glacial period that ended 11,000 years ago.  Humans have since introduced about 20 species of earthworms to Wisconsin from Europe and Asia by accident or for farming or fishing.  All earthworms in Wisconsin are invasive species! Any native worms remaining after the glaciers have been outcompeted by invasive worms which spread much faster.  Although worms can be good for your garden, they are bad for hardwood forests which evolved without earthworms disturbing the soil.”

 You can learn more about worms and the survey here: https://www.uwsp.edu/cnr-ap/leaf/school-forests/Documents/Forest%20Health_Wisconsin%20Worm%20Watch.pdf



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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Madison Mayoral Debate
Monday, March 18th

7 - 8:30 pm
Madison Central Library, 3rd Floor

All are welcome to attend this vibrant discussion of the future of our city! 

Wisconsin Education Fair
Monday, March 11th 

6 pm - 8 pm
Memorial High School, 201 S Gammon Rd

A college fair for high schoolers and their parents to explore higher education options. Representatives from both in and out of state colleges and universities will be present. 

Yahara Lakes 101
Wednesday, March 13th 

7:45 am - 9 am
Edgewater Hotel, 1001 Wisconsin Place

Learn about the science and issues around our lakes. Janice Rice, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation will be giving a seminar on the history of the Ho-Chunk and native peoples to the four lake region. $10 admission, RSVP requested.

Wisconsin Film Festival Sneak Preview
Wednesday, March 13

6:30 pm
Middleton Library, 7425 Hubbard Ave


Get a sneak peek at the films being shown in this year’s annual Wisconsin Film Fest. Free to attend, but registration is encouraged

NewBridge Movie Program: Searching
Wednesday, March 13th 

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd

All shows are free and open to the public. 

Saturday Family Movie Matinee: Frozen
Saturday, March 16th 

2 pm - 4 pm
Alicia Ashman Library, 733 N High Point Rd

Fearless optimist Anna teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and sets off on an epic journey to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter.


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