Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

 March 21, 2017


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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


West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Thursday, March 23

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.


After School Art -Monster Jaws with Sarah Conn

Thursday, March 23

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Let yourself unwind after school with interactive projects from Bubbler artists. Ages 7-12. Registration begins 2 weeks before each class date. Call 288-6160 to register. 


Skills in Computers and Literacy for Employment with Literacy Network

Thursday, March 23

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


This is a course in computer and employment literacy for adult students who want to improve their reading, writing and general communication skills. Each student will have an individual lesson plan created for them and will work through the semester on completing that plan. Skills learned will help with job searching and applications, completing the GED and improving skills on the computer. Please register for the entire series, January 26-May 11. Contact Ezi at the Literacy Network, (608)244-3911, ext. 33, for more information or to register.


After Dinner Mints : The Light Between Oceans

Friday, March 24

6:45 pm - 8:45 pm

Alicia Ashman Library

733 N High Point Rd


Lighthouse keeper Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and radiant, spirited Isabel (Alicia Vikander) live together in married bliss on a remote, rugged island off the coast of Australia. But their windswept world is turned upside down when Isabel learns that she's unable to bear a child. One day, a drifting lifeboat washes ashore with a crying baby in it. The dilemma the couple now face will echo far beyond the island, engulfing and irrevocably impacting their world -- and that of a stranger (Rachel Weisz) -- in a passionate story about love, hope and a fateful choice.


Early Migrants Walk

Sunday, March 26

1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

UW Arboretum Visitor Center

1207 Seminole Hwy.


Birds are returning from the south. Neo-tropical migrants spend the winter in Central and South America, then return here to nest. We will look for early migrants and early nesters among our yearlong residents. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.


West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches

Tuesday, March 28

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd.


Nutritious meals are offered to those 60 and older. The meal is served at noon and participants must arrive on time. The suggested minimum donation is $4.00 but participants are encouraged to pay what they can afford. Transportation to the meal is available with an additional $1.00 donation. Meal and bus reservations or cancellations should be made by noon the preceding day by calling 238-0196.


VITA Free Tax Filing Assistance


Central Library, Meeting Room 301

9:00 am - 1:00 pm

March 25, April 8

Call 266-6350 to make an appointment.


Sequoya Library

9:00 am - 3:30 pm

March 28, April 11


12:00pm -5:00pm

March 22, March 29, April 5, April 12


Call 266-6385 to make an appointment.


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,


I hope you are enjoying the first official week of spring. On Thursday, Senator Fred Risser and I will hold a listening session on the state budget at Oakwood Village. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and learning more about what you support or oppose in the budget. Read on for all of the details about the listening session.  


This week’s newsletter also includes an announcement about our new Democratic legislative agenda – Wisconsin Way Forward, an update on dangerous legislation regarding high capacity wells, and news of two bills I introduced last week.


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

Wisconsin Way Forward

Last week, I joined my Democratic colleagues in the Assembly and Senate to unveil our new Democratic legislative agenda: Wisconsin Way Forward. Our agenda is based on our shared belief in the fundamental Wisconsin values of fairness, opportunity and community.


Click here to learn more about the Wisconsin Way Forward on our new Democratic legislative website.


Update: Bill Diminishing Environmental and Water Protections Moves Forward

In Madison, conversations regarding our lakes often focus on water quality and efforts to reduce the amount of phosphorous and other nutrients entering waterways and contributing to algae growth.    While our friends and neighbors in other regions of the state share many of these concerns, they increasingly must worry about their lakes simply disappearing due to the increasing use of high capacity wells.


Last week, residents from around the state came to Madison to testify on Senate Bill 76 and Assembly Bill 105, high capacity well legislation which Republicans have placed on the fast-track for passage. Over 142 pages of testimony were submitted, with the majority of people testifying in strong opposition to the bill.


Scientists presented information on how high capacity wells, which draw 100,000 gallons of water from the ground daily, have a horrific impact on aquifers, lakes, and rivers.  Some of the most compelling testimony came from individuals who have witnessed lakes and streams simply disappear. Waterways where grandparents fished with grandchildren for generations now only exist in photo albums.   Photos also showed family docks where kids splashed and played on hot summer days now sitting high and dry, having become docks in seas of grassland.


The high capacity well legislation which was introduced by Republicans, SB 76 and AB 105, continues down the path of handing big industry special interests and factory farms unfettered access to all the water it needs with no regard for the impact it has on rural residents or on our waterways. Opponents note this legislation does not even allow for a review of the impact a high capacity well has on lakes and streams. Wisconsin has a Public Trust Doctrine that is meant to ensure all Wisconsinites share equally in our water resources and that they are properly managed, but this Republican legislation flies in the face of that doctrine.


Reminder: Budget Listening Session

Thursday, Senator Fred Risser and I will host a budget listening session in the 78th Assembly district to hear from you. Please stop by because we want to hear from you.


Thursday, March 23, 2017

5:00pm to 7:00pm

Arts Center, Oakwood Village

6205 Mineral Point Road


Members of the public can park underground (marked P) under Heritage Oaks, level P1. From there take the elevator to the first floor and follow the signs to the Arts Center.


Guns on Buses: A Dangerous Proposition

Last week, I introduced a bill that would give state and local government the authority to prohibit weapons on public mass transportation. This legislation is in response to a recent Wisconsin State Supreme Court decision that ruled local units of government could not prohibit weapons on public transportation based on an existing state law that preempts local government control.


Weapons have long not been allowed on Madison’s buses, but the recent state Supreme Court decision changed that. Our bill would give that authority back to local governments, just as they have the authority to regulate weapons in public buildings.


Click here to read my full press release and see a copy of the bill.


No Wisconsin Dollars for President Trump’s Border Wall

Representative JoCasta Zamarripa and announced legislation last week to prohibit the State of Wisconsin from investing in companies that enter into a contract with the federal government to build President Trump’s proposed border wall. Our message is simple: If a corporation wishes to profit from Trump’s bigotry and hate, it can do so without Wisconsin’s money.


Click here to read the press release and learn more about the bill.


Early Voting Information

The Spring General Election will be held on Tuesday, April 4, but you do not have to wait until then to cast your ballot. In-person absentee voting for the election has begun in Madison, and will continue through Sunday, April 2, at the Madison City Clerk’s Office and additional locations throughout the city including Madison’s public libraries. To learn more about in-person absentee voting, including locations and times, please click here.


Absentee ballots are also available by mail. Everything you need to know to receive a ballot by mail is available via the Madison City Clerk by clicking here.


Remember: You must present an acceptable photo ID card to vote in Wisconsin. Click here to find out if you have the correct identification and to get information on how to obtain a free Wisconsin State ID Card for voting purposes.


Click here to see what is on your ballot.


Click here to read the “Candidates’ Answers” on the League of Women Voters of Dane County website.


Note: If you vote outside of the City of Madison, you will need to contact your local city or village clerk’s office for absentee voting locations and times.


Don’t Get Burned on Vacation

Students and families statewide are packing their bags and digging out their passports in anticipation of some fun in the sun.  But they are not the only ones looking to party — scammers and identity thieves can have a field day as well over spring break.


The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks students and their families to remember their SPF (Scam Protection Facts) when they are planning their getaway in order to minimize identity theft and ripoff risks when traveling. 


The links below address a number of the threats that could make an appearance over break. 


·         Pre-Trip Tips


·         During and After (identity and financial theft)


·         Grandparent Scams


Fun Wisconsin Fact

In honor of March being Women’s History Month, March’s fun facts will highlight women’s contributions to Wisconsin’s history.


Olympia Brown was a suffragist and Universalist minister. She was the first woman in America to enter the ministry of an organized church when she was ordained in the Universalist Church in 1863. In 1866 Brown met Susan B. Anthony at a national suffragist convention and began her work in the suffragette movement. She campaigned in Kansas and across New England while continuing to work in the ministry. In 1873 she married John H. Willis, but symbolically retained her own last name.


In 1878, she accepted a pastor position at the Good Shepherd Church in Racine, Wisconsin. She quickly joined the Wisconsin Woman's Suffrage Association and became the group's president from 1887 to 1912. She spent many years traveling and lecturing in favor of woman's suffrage all across the country.


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