Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 February 15, 2016


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418 North State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708


PH: (608) 266-7521

TF: (888) 534-0078

FAX: (608) 282-3690



Things happening in the district & around Madison


Storytime for the Very Young

Wednesday, February 17

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Enjoy stories, songs and rhymes. No registration required. (For children ages 0 to 24 months)


West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Thursday, February 18

9:30 am – 2:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older, the suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but please pay what you can afford. Transportation to the meal is available by donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196


Knitting at the Library

Thursday, February 18

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


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


Literacy Network SCALE Program

Thursday, February 18

5:45 pm – 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Literacy Network SCALE Program - Improve Reading, Writing and Computer Skills. Call Ezi (608)244-3911 to register. Space is limited.


Job Connect with the Worksmart Network

Friday, February 19

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Get help with job search, resumes, & interviewing, and get connected with a full range of workforce and community resources and services. Sessions are one-on-one with a professional Employment Specialist from the Worksmart Network. Advance registration is required and you must call library staff to schedule a time.


Youth Black History Art Show

Friday, February 19

3:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond. Rd.


Winter Farmers’ Market

Saturday, February 20

9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Hilldale Shopping Center

702 N. Midvale Blvd


Enjoy the bounty of our local farms, cheeses, meats, baked goods, honey, maple syrup as well as value-added local farm products such as sheep and alpaca wool and knitted pieces, honey skin care products, jams & jellies, pickles, pesto and salsa made from our summer vendors' produce.


Envisioning a New World: Lussier Radio

Saturday, February 20

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Kids and Teens think about social issues in a new world, reflecting upon radio. Record spoken word, rapping, beatboxing and storytelling in this dynamic workshop held in a partnership with UW-Madison and WWMV-LP 95.5FM radio.


The Snow Moon – Night Walk

Saturday, February 20

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Hwy.


Though the great horned owls are quiet on their nests in February, barred owls may be calling. If the owls are silent, we can stargaze and listen for other creatures active on a winter night.


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,


Last week, the full State Assembly was on the floor twice. This week we are scheduled to be on the floor three days, as we approach the end of this legislative session.


In this week’s newsletter, you will find information regarding Tuesday’s primary election, an update on what happened in the Assembly last week and what we will be taking up this week, and exciting news about a Memorial High School student’s latest accomplishment.


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

Election Day Tuesday: Bring your ID to the Polls

Election Day is tomorrow Tuesday, February 16. This will be the first election since the courts ruled that Wisconsin's Voter ID law will be in effect.


This Primary Election will decide which candidates will remain on the ballot for Supreme Court Justice for the General Election in April. There are three candidates on the ballot, and the top 2 vote getters will move forward.


Click here to find out if you have the correct ID and to get information on how to obtain a free ID for voting purposes.


Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to see what is on your ballot.

Click here to find your polling place. 

Click here to find more information on the various referendums or to read the “Candidates’ Answers” on the League of Women Voters of Dane County website.


News from the Assembly

Last week, the Assembly was in session on Tuesday and Thursday, and we considered nearly 100 bills.


Included in last week’s floor sessions were a number of bills that further chip away at the ability of local elected officials to make decisions that affect our communities. Among those bills was AB 568, which makes several changes to tenant/landlord law in Wisconsin, specifically stripping local municipalities’ ability to regulate rental properties and hampering the ability of local government to set necessary building inspection policies and other safety standards. This legislation demands a one size fits all approach and severely limits the ability of cities and towns to make policies that promote strong neighborhoods and healthy housing stock.


Republicans also continued down the road of defunding Planned Parenthood. Republicans passed SB 238, which singles out Planned Parenthood, reducing Medicaid reimbursement for birth control to the organization. This bill, coupled with a bill passed earlier this session, leaves women with diminished access to critical reproductive health care.


These are just a couple of highlights from last week’s agenda. Please follow the links below to see what else we considered, and feel free to contact my office if you have questions about specific legislation.


Click here to view the complete agenda from Tuesday February 9.

Click here to view the complete agenda from Thursday February 11.


This Week’s Floor Session

The Assembly will be back on the floor tomorrow, Wednesday, and Thursday for what will likely be our final floor periods of the spring legislative session. The calendar contains a large number of bills, including several special interest giveaways and extreme legislation being rammed through by Republicans as the session comes to a close.


AB 450 is among the items being considered this week and would prohibit cities and counties from setting their own policies about whether law enforcements inquires about the immigration status of individuals not yet convicted of crimes. At a Public Hearing of the Committee on Urban and Local Affairs, hundreds of immigrants testified in opposition to this extreme bill.


One 17 year old testified about the fear this bill instills in her and her family and about how her life would change if her parents were suddenly removed from her family. She explained that because the state will not allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license, her parents could find themselves held by immigration and eventually deported for driving to and from work without a license, leaving her to care for her younger siblings and crushing her dreams of attending college.


Though this legislation will not impact the current policies of the Madison Police Department, it will have a chilling effect on public safety for the entire community by creating fear among immigrants in our communities. This anti-immigrant legislation will make undocumented immigrants hesitant to contact law enforcement, even when they are victims or witnesses of a crime, because they fear deportation.


Also on tomorrow’s calendar is SB 295, which makes significant voter registration changes. While this bill creates and online voter registration system, something I strongly support, other aspects of the bill raise major concerns. Unfortunately, Republicans were up to some dirty tricks with what could have been a good bi-partisan bill by adding a significant poison pill to the legislation.


Unfortunately, the bill also prohibits the use of Special Registration Deputies, who help voters register during traditional voter registration drives. The impact of this bill is particularly alarming in its impact on Madison’s student population, who will likely not be able to take advantage of the on-line voter registration system because they hold out of state driver’s licenses and may not be included in the DMV database which is used for on-line registration. The bill also includes changes that would likely invalidate more absentee ballots by not allowing any ballot where the witness address was inadvertently omitted to be counted.


The bad ideas included in this bill are not new, and it is shameful that Republicans have taken advantage of what should be a bi-partisan effort to modernize voter registration by inserting policies that will limit ballot access for some voters.


Click here to view tomorrow’s agenda. The agenda for Thursday has not yet been finalized, but it will be available on the Legislature’s website on Tuesday or Wednesday.


Madison Student Named Finalist in National Google Contest

Julianne Griepp, a Memorial High School senior, has been named the Wisconsin finalist in a national design contest sponsored by Google. The design contest is called “Doodle 4 Google,” where students drafted designs for the Google logo using the theme “What makes me ... me.” Out of 100,000 designs, Julianne is one of just 53 finalists selected by Google.


Julianne’s design depicts her love of nature, the stories it inspires, and the way it influences her artwork. Julianne’s design will now compete with the other 52 finalists to select the national winner through an online voting process. Check out Julianne’s design and vote by clicking here. The winner will be announced March 21. Good luck to Julianne!


The winning student will receive a $30,000 college scholarship, and their school will receive a $50,000 grant for technology upgrades. The winning design will also be featured on Google’s homepage for one day.


Crestwood 3rd Graders Visit the Capitol

Last week, third graders from Crestwood Elementary came to visit the Capitol and learn more about state government. I enjoyed meeting with the students in the Assembly Chamber and answering all of their questions. They were also treated to a tour of the Capitol with one of our fabulous tour guides.







Doctor Day at the Capitol

Last week, I was visited by a group of doctors who live or work in the 78th Assembly District to hear about their interests and concerns. We discussed improving health care quality and access to health care, as well as their ideas for keeping our community healthy.




Fun Wisconsin Fact

Frances Willard, suffragist and temperance activist, grew up in Janesville. She was instrumental in passing the 18th and 19th Amendments and became the national president of Woman’s Christian Temperance Union in 1879. Her influence impacted education, free school lunches, union rights, workers’ rights, health, transportation, and women and children’s rights.






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