Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

December 1, 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

Holiday Art Fair
Saturday, December 2
10:00am – 5:00 pm

3502 Parmenter St

Over 60 local artists are donating 20% or more of their proceeds to MOM's homelessness prevention and hunger fighting programs. Come and shop for a cause! Beautiful pottery, many styles of jewelry, fused and blown glass, fiber arts including purses, scarves and aprons, wood, paintings, and prints - all created by local artists.


Cold Moon
Saturday, December 2
6:30 pm – 8:00pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

This full moon (December 3) has a fitting name for the month when winter arrives and nights are long. Bundle up and join the naturalist for a moonlit walk. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. 


Effigy Mounds
Sunday, December 3

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

The effigy mound groups at the Arboretum are among the few remaining of hundreds built in our area more than 1,000 years ago. On this naturalist-led walk in Wingra and Gallistel woods, you will learn about the ancient earthworks and the people who built them. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center. 


West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesday, December 5
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.


Tabletop Game Night
Tuesday, December 5

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

We've got a ton of tabletop games, just waiting to be played! Drop in and join us!


Get Festive with Agora
Wednesday, December 6

4:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Fitchburg Center
5500 E Cheryl Pkwy

Join your friends and neighbors in kicking off the holiday season at Get Festive with 
Agora. Visitors will be able to enjoy FREE carriage Rides, holiday music, luminary lighting benefit for Agrace HospiceCare, photo booth, retailer discounts & prizes, complimentary appetizers and desserts, and more!


Chess Club
Wednesday, December 6
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

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


Season of Shadows
Wednesday, December 6

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

Make messes and play with light at Meadowridge Library! Join Alaura Borealis in building metaphors and cultivating feelings with light boxes, shadow puppets, projectors, movie making, and more. Experiment with shadow art during this youth-focused residency.


Knitting at the Library
Thursday, December 7
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.


Read to a Dog
Thursday, December 7
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

Bring a favorite book and read aloud to a furry friend. Time slots available on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


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 enjoyed Thanksgiving and took advantage of the beautiful weather.

In this newsletter, you will find news about a bill I introduced to combat sexual assault and other crime by Uber drivers, information about the Foster Care Task Force’s “Foster Forward” legislation and a reminder about open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

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


Legislation to Allow Local Licensing of Lyft and Uber Drivers
Yesterday, I introduced legislation which would allow municipalities to require Transportation Network Company’s (TNCs) drivers like Lyft and Uber to be licensed locally. I put forward this legislation after a number of reports of criminal activity including robbery, battery, and sexual assault allegedly committed by TNC drivers since the 2015 implementation of a state law prohibiting regulation of TNCs and their drivers by local units of government. The most recent allegation came last weekend when a driver for Uber was arrested after a 20 year old woman reported that after arriving outside her home, the driver battered and sexually assaulted her.

Removing the state prohibition to local licensing of TNC drivers enables local elected officials and law enforcement to determine what tools they need to keep their communities safe and respond to these serious crimes when they occur.

Click here to read more about the legislation and to view a copy of the bill.


Foster Forward
The past few months I have been traveling the state as a member of the Speaker’s Task Force on Foster Care. After public hearings where we gathered input and ideas on how to improve the foster care system, the task force has introduced the “Foster Forward” legislative package.

I am taking the lead on introducing LRB-4929 to create a grant program for counties, non-profits, and tribes to fund initiatives that support foster families as they strive to provide normalcy for Wisconsin’s foster care population. These grants could be used to assist efforts in retaining existing foster parents, expanding education for foster parents, and reimbursements for expenses related to providing normalcy for foster children.

Wisconsin faces a shortage of foster care placements and a rising number of children in out of home care. We struggle to recruit and retain foster families, as even the most committed families face challenges in providing normalcy for the children in their care. This legislation will help us retain foster families and support foster children by providing flexible funding that may be used for necessary resources, specialized training to meet individual needs, and to cover expenses that help foster children achieve normalcy.

Due to the complex needs of children in foster care, families caring for these children sometimes need individualized training. Like other families, foster families face additional expenses for extra-curriculars, sports, and field trips, but foster care payments generally cover only basic care and support. Whether it covers the cost of a music program, fees and equipment to play football, or the money needed to go on a school field trip, these grants will enable foster families to ensure their foster children have the same opportunities as other children. This bill and the Foster Forward package of bills are important first steps in improving the lives of children and families in our foster care system.

Click here to view a copy of my bill.
Click here to read more about the entire Foster Forward legislative package.

Federal GOP Conceal Carry Bill Undermines Safety
H.R. 38, “The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, introduced by U.S. House Republicans, would require each state to recognize concealed carry permits issued in every other state. Yesterday, the bill passed the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.

This presents a huge danger to residents in Wisconsin and across the country. This means more dangerous people will have the ability to carry guns nationwide without regard for the laws of the states they are in. It creates challenges for law enforcement enforcing the laws, because different individuals carrying concealed weapons would be operating under different regulations, including being on school grounds and the types of magazines they can carry. This is yet another step by Republicans in the wrong direction when it comes to gun safety.

While Republicans at the state and federal level attempt to increase the amount of guns in public, Democrats are focused on common sense solutions to prevent gun violence and guns ending up in the hands of those who wish to cause harm. This session, we have put forward bills to require background checks, restore the 48 hour waiting period, require safe storage of firearms and ensure that gun stores are not sitting targets for criminals to steal access to firearms.


Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act is presently underway. This year, the Trump Administration cut the enrollment period in half and Republicans also cut funding for Affordable Care Act outreach and advertising efforts. I hope that you will help in spreading the word about the ongoing open enrollment period.

If you, or someone you know, needs health insurance you can visit ( to enroll.

Gift Card Dos, Don'ts and Gotchas
Shoppers and gift recipients alike love gift cards for their convenience and ease of purchase and use. As with anything else where there is an exchange of money, however, there are some dos, don'ts and potential scam traps to consider when it comes to gift cards.

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection asks shoppers to take steps to ensure that card recipients get the full value of the gift and to watch out for phony promises of cut-rate or free gift cards.

"Free card" scams:

  • Be on the lookout for requests for mobile phone numbers tied to promises of (bogus) free gift cards. Scammers have been known to place monthly subscription fees for a variety of "services" on consumers' phone bills without authorization.

  • Watch out for free gift card promises in exchange for completing surveys. In a widespread scam, illegal spam text messages promised gift cards from a major retailer in exchange for completing a (phony) survey and providing personal information. Respondents never received a gift card and their information may have been sold by scammers to marketers or other scammers and identity thieves.

  • If you receive an unsolicited message promising a free gift card, do not click any links and delete the message.

When buying a gift card:

  • Inspect the packaging before you purchase a card to ensure that no protective stickers have been removed and that the pin number has not been exposed.

  • Read the fine print on the card to ensure that you understand any rules on usage and associated fees. Federal rules require fees to be disclosed prior to purchase.

  • Always give an activation receipt with the card to verify its value and the date of purchase.

  • Many retailers offer electronic gift cards that can be gifted by email. If the gift recipient shops online, consider this option since they can be saved in an email account for future use without fear of losing or damaging a physical card.

  • If you are considering buying an unused card secondhand, purchase it from someone you know and trust. Used or unwanted gift cards show up for sale online through auctions and classified ads, and while some cards may be legitimate, others may be counterfeit, may be drained of their value, or may have been stolen from a store and never activated at a register.

If you receive a gift card:

  • If a store goes out of business, your gift card could be rendered useless. Use a card as quickly as possible.

  • Make sure to hold onto gift card receipts until the entire value of the card has been spent.

  • Unused cards may be subject to inactivity fees, draining the value of the gift. By federal law, dormancy and service fees are allowed if the recipient has failed to use the card for more than one year. After that, fees are limited to one per month, but there is no limit on the amount of the fee.

  • Keep your cards safe. Contact the issuer immediately if you lose a card or if it is stolen. Be aware that you may not be able to replace it, and that some issuers may charge a replacement fee.

For additional information or to file a complaint, visit the Consumer Protection Bureau at, send an e-mail to or call the Consumer Protection Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128.


Fun Wisconsin Fact
This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree, a 40-foot balsam fir was harvested in the Town of Emery, was donated by Jim Ryf. This year the tree’s ornaments will honor the Capitol’s centennial and have been made by school children around the state

Wisconsin is the nation’s fifth-largest Christmas tree producer, with an annual harvest of more than 600,000 trees valued at more than $16 million. There are more than 850 Christmas tree farms in the state, covering more than 23,600 acres.

Be sure to come and check out the tree and centennial ornaments. Please feel free to stop by my office while you are here to say hello and for a free copy of a Wisconsin Blue Book. We are located in room 418 North.

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