Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 September 1, 2015


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Madison, WI 53708


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Things happening in the district & around Madison


Book discussion of Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Tuesday, September 1

7:00pm - 8:45pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Join the Tuesday Evening Book Group for discussion of a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction (generally older titles). The next title will be available for pick-up following the discussion, with extra copies available at the reference desk while supplies last.


Chess Club

Wednesday, September 2


Meadowridge Library

5740 Raymond Rd., Madison, WI

Learn how to play chess and play against others with varied levels of experience. Children under 7 must be accompanied by an adult.


Meadowood Job Club

Thursday, September 3 

12:00pm-2:00 p.m. 

Meadowood Neighborhood Center


On site applications and networking with employers.


Book Discussion of The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Thursday, September 3

2:00pm - 3:30pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Join the 1st Thursday Book Group for discussions of a variety of books, both fiction and non-fiction (usually recently published). Our next title will be available for pick-up following today's discussion, with extra copies available at the reference desk while supplies last.


West Side Farmers Market

Saturdays, April 18th to November 14th

7AM - 1PM

Hill Farms DOT Building Parking Lot

University Ave. & Segoe Rd.


Bug, Bugs and More Bugs

Saturday, September 5  


Discover Building

330 N. Orchard St


Explore the amazing properties of bugs at this free family event.  For more info, go to


Jazz Music in Spring Harbor Park

Monday, September 7th


Spring Harbor Park

5218 Lake Mendota Drive


Family friendly event, including selections for all ages and even magic tricks. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, and something to eat and drink, if you would like. If there is rain, the event will be moved to the basement of Dale Heights church on University Avenue.


Tuesday, September 8 

4:00pm-5:00 p.m. 

Meadowridge Library


Build your own unique creation.  For families of all ages.


Taste of Madison

September 5th & 6th

Saturday 2pm-8:30pm

Sunday 11am-7pm


Capitol Square


Food festival with 90 restaurants selling food and beverages and three stages with entertainment.


Visiting the Capitol

Whether you are planning a visit to the state Capitol as part of a large group, small gathering, or just by yourself, our office can assist you in scheduling a free guided tour of the Capitol building during normal business hours.


Free tours are offered daily, year round. Tours depart from the ground floor Information Desk Monday through Saturday at 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 am and 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm; and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 pm. A 4:00 pm tour is offered Memorial Day through Labor Day. The sixth floor museum and observation deck are also open during the summer months.




Dear Friends and Neighbors,


As we prepare to be on the Assembly floor later this month, committee work is in full swing. This week, I will take part in public hearings as a member of the Public Benefits Reform Committee and the Health Committee.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find information regarding tomorrow’s Health Committee hearing, the results of a recent audit of the Government Accountability Board, highlights of some recent visits in the district and around the state, and tips from DATCP to keep your college student from becoming a victim of identity theft.


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


Health Committee Public Hearing: Women’s Health Care under Fire  

Tomorrow, the Health committee will hold a public hearing on two bills introduced by Representative Andre Jacque (R-DePere) attacking Planned Parenthood and the critical women’s health care they provide to women across Wisconsin. The two bills, AB 310 and AB 311, would further defund Planned Parenthood by diverting their federal funding to the state and making sweeping changes to their Medicaid reimbursements.


If you would like to testify, here is the information regarding tomorrow’s Health Committee public hearing:


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

9:00 AM

Wisconsin State Capitol: 417 North (GAR Hall)


Links to the bills:

AB 310

AB 311

USGS National Wildlife Health Center 40th Anniversary

The United States Geological Survey houses their National Wildlife Health Center nestled in a wooded area set back from Schroeder Road. Last week, I attended a celebration commemorating the center’s 40th Anniversary.


The National Wildlife Health Center provides wildlife health and disease investigative, research and training support to federal, state, local, and international conservation agencies. The Center’s staff were the first to detect the H5 avian influenza virus in U.S. wild birds and do research for the treatment and prevention of a wide range of wildlife diseases.


USGS researchers in Madison collaborate with the USDA to define potential impacts of these diseases and conduct ongoing surveillance of the diseases. The center is also equipped with an Epidemiology lab where they identify cause of death among wildlife in order to monitor and respond to diseases across the country.


One of the many National Wildlife Health Center’s accomplishments in the last 40 years was developing an oral vaccine for mass delivery among prairie dogs to prevent the spread of Sylvatic Plague. The work researchers, scientists, and veterinarians are doing there is critical to protecting and maintaining healthy wildlife in the United States. It was great to tour the facility, learn about their research, and meet the center’s director and staff. Congratulations to all involved on 40 years of advancing wildlife and ecosystem health.


NAACP Journey for Justice  

On Friday, I had the honor of speaking at the NAACP and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice’s Journey for Justice rally on voting rights. The Madison rally was one of several events across the country organized in conjunction with the national NAACP’s “Journey for Justice.”


The “Journey for Justice” is a march that began in Selma, Alabama, on August 1. The march is scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC on September 15, followed by a day of action at the U.S. Capitol on September 16.


As the marchers lobby Capitol Hill, their goals include encouraging Congress to reenact the Voting Rights Act, pushing for real criminal justice reform that addresses the killings of unarmed African Americans, advocating for full and sustainable employment, and demanding a commitment to good public education at all levels.


The Journey for Justice picks up where Dr. King left off when he was murdered in 1968. At the time of his death, he was organizing a similar march and developing a populist movement designed to link the issues of economic and racial justice.


Fox Valley Visit

I recently joined my colleague, Representative Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton), for a tour of the Fox Valley. We toured Neenah Paper’s paper mill in Appleton, where we our state. The industry employs nearly 34,817 people, making the state the number one producer in the United States.


We also visited a union training center for plumbers and pipefitters in Kaukauna. It was a great chance to see their work in action. These union training centers train new workers and continue to train veteran workers at no cost to employers, making Wisconsin’s workforce more effective and efficient.


Audit Reveals Government Accountability Board is Doing its Job

In the midst of a Republican attempt to completely overhaul the Government Accountability Board (GAB), a new audit released by the Legislative Audit Bureau shows that the non-partisan GAB is doing its job as our state’s government watchdog as intended. The audit indicated the GAB is meeting its core functions, is actively engaged in overseeing the investigations it initiates, and has taken steps to act on the recommendations from a previous audit.


The audit even suggests that the Legislature should increase the GAB's authority over elections. The audit’s findings and suggestions fly in the face of Republican attempts to dismantle the GAB. Republicans are unhappy with recent rulings and investigations by GAB, so instead of complying with the nonpartisan system we have they are attempting to rewrite the rules by dismantling the GAB and replace it with something that benefits them.


Protect your College Student from Identity Theft

As college students head back to classes this month I wanted to pass along some helpful tips to prevent your student from having her or his identity stolen. College life poses unique risks of identity theft for students, with tempting credit card offers, shared housing, and countless forms and information that must be provided.


Here are some helpful tips to minimize the risk of identity theft as students head back to campus:



  • Carry your Social Security card in your wallet.

  • Shop online or pay bills on a public computer, through an unsecured website, or on an unsecured Wi-Fi network.

  • Give solicitors any personal financial information or your Social Security number.

  • Post personal identifying information on social media.


  • Keep your dorm room locked, and keep sensitive materials out of sight, preferably in a lockbox.

  • Request an assigned ID number instead if your school uses Social Security numbers for student ID.

  • Ask that your Social Security number not be included on publicly posted grades.

  • Shred pre-approved credit card offers and bills.

  • Put mail directly in U.S. Postal Service mailboxes instead of unsecured campus mailboxes.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, call the Consumer Information Hotline at 800-422-7128 or e-mail


2015-16 Blue Books Are Here

The newest edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book has arrived. If you would like one, you may pick one up my at my Capitol office (418 North).


My office is open from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. If you are unable to come to the Capitol but would like a Blue Book, please email or call my office at 608-266-7521.




National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month. Now is the perfect time to get ready for an emergency or disaster. The most important step you can take is to make a plan.


As part of National Preparedness Month, the Wisconsin Emergency Management’s ReadyWisconsin campaign is encouraging families to put together a plan that includes information on where to go during an emergency and how to communicate with loved ones if separated in a crisis. This means having an up-to-date contact list for those you may need to reach during a disaster and establishing alternate methods of communication in case traditional means are not available. Text messages are a great way to communicate. Phone voice service is easily overwhelmed due to the number of calls being placed and may be unavailable in an emergency. Cell phone text messages can still get through because they take less bandwidth to deliver. 


Getting information before, during, and after an emergency can be difficult. One of the best ways to get warnings of impending and current dangers is with a NOAA Weather Radio. These radios will alert you to storms headed your way. Other emergency information is also broadcast using this system. Emergency messages are also delivered directly to your cell phone through Wireless Emergency Alerts. These alerts are free and the software is preloaded on most cell phones. Through these alerts you’ll receive a short text message about the pending danger.


Click here for more information from ReadyWisconsin.  


Fun Wisconsin Fact

James Duane Doty was an important Wisconsin political figure in the early nineteenth century. In 1823, Doty was appointed the federal judge for a new federal judicial district that would later become the state of Wisconsin. After this, he became a land speculator and bought thousands of acres of Wisconsin land, including the future site of the city of Madison. Doty later became the Wisconsin Territory’s second governor and a United States Representative of the state of Wisconsin in 1848. He was instrumental in dividing the Michigan territory into the states of Michigan and Wisconsin and establishing Madison as the capital city of Wisconsin.



Fall Interns

My office is now accepting applications for fall interns. If you or someone you know is looking for a fall internship, we still have openings. You can apply online by clicking here, or submit a cover letter and resume via e-mail to It is a great way to gain some experience and learn about the legislative process.  




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