Representative Lisa Subeck's E-Newsletter

November 22, 2017


Contact Me


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

Tabletop Game Night
Tuesday, November 21
6pm - 8 pm

Meadowridge Library
5726 Raymond Rd.

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

Chess Club
Wednesday, November 22
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.

Free Thanksgiving Meal
Thursday, November 23

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
5701 Raymond Road

This traditional dinner will include turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, cranberries and pumpkin pie, plus all the trimmings! There is no cost for the meal. Everyone is invited to join the community gathering. Home delivery is not available.

All Madison Public Libraries Closed for Thanksgiving
Thursday & Friday, November 23 & 24

Use book drops to return items while they’re closed, or LINKcat to place holds, check your record, or renew items you've checked out. While they’re closed, check out the always-accessible online collections, OverDrive ebooks and downloadable audiobooks and Yahara Music Library. All Madison libraries will resume normal hours on Saturday, November 25.

Ecological Restoration Work Party
Saturday, November 25
9:00 am–12:00 p.m.

Core Area and Curtis Prarie
1207 Seminole Highway

Volunteer for restoration activities and learn about prairies and savannas. Tools and training provided. Groups welcome with advance notice. Meet at Grady Tract parking lot, southeast corner of Seminole Hwy. and W. Beltline Frontage Rd. For more information: (608) 265-5214 or

Arboretum Sampler
Sunday, November 26
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

UW Arboretum
1207 Seminole Highway

Visit the Arboretum horticultural and native plant gardens as well as natural areas near the Visitor Center. Free, no registration required. Meet at the Visitor Center.

West Madison Senior Coalition Free Lunches
Tuesday, November 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.

Season of Shadows with Alaura Borealis
Wednesday, November 29
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.

Chess Club
Wednesday, November 29
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.

Nifty Thrifty Gifty
Wednesday, November 29
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd.

Craft your own one-of-a-kind gifts. Children under 7 need an adult helper. Register by phone at 824-1780 or online beginning November 15.

Knitting at the Library
Thursday, November 30
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.

An Evening with Mary Gordon
Thursday, November 30
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Alicia Ashman Library
733 N High Point Rd.

A native of New York and the McIntosh Professor of English at Barnard College, Mary Gordon is an award-winning author of novels, short fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, with themes of women, religion, and history. She will read from her latest novel, There Your Heart Lies, a story about an American woman's experience during the Spanish Civil War, and her legacy to her granddaughter. Gordon will discuss her process of writing fiction with historical elements, and provide time for audience Q/A.

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

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.


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,


The Capitol is a quiet place this week as we prepare for the long holiday weekend. I am looking forward to spending some time with family over Thanksgiving. Whether you are traveling to visit family or staying close to home, I wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

I also want you to know that I am thankful for the opportunity to represent you. I am truly humbled and honored by the trust you place in me, and as Thanksgiving nears, I reflect on the responsibility with which I have been entrusted. Thank you.

In this newsletter, you will find big news about a bill introduced to improve access to birth control, tips for keeping safe during the Thanksgiving holiday, and how to protect yourself from Black Friday and Cyber Monday scams.

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


12-month Contraceptive Care Act
Presently, Wisconsin health insurance plans only cover prescriptions of birth control for 30 or 90 days at a time, which leads to a greater likelihood that birth control is not going to be taken as it should. This is especially true in areas where women must travel great distances to the nearest pharmacy and among those who lack transportation options. For birth control to be effective, doses cannot be missed, but that is exactly what happens when frequent trips to the pharmacy are required.

This is why I am proud to be a co-author of the 12-month Contraceptive Care Act, introduced earlier this month by Rep. Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point). The legislation allows women to obtain a 12-month supply of birth control in a single visit to a pharmacy.

Improving access to birth control helps women plan their pregnancies and prevent unintended pregnancy. For some women, birth control has other health benefits, such as regulating periods or managing serious medical conditions like endometriosis. Increased access to birth control is also directly linked to declines in maternal and infant mortality and reductions in ovarian cancer rates.

Research has shown that dispensing a 12-month supply of birth control at one time reduces the odds of unintended pregnancy by 30% and reduces abortion rates by 46%. In addition to better health outcomes, the legislation may lower costs for health insurers by reducing the number of pregnancy tests and pregnancies.


Congratulations to Metcalfe’s Market on 100 Years!
This week, Rep. Terese Berceau, Sen. Fred Risser, and I presented a legislative citation to the Metcalfe family in honor of Metcalfe’s Market’s 100th anniversary.

Metcalfe’s success stems not only from their commitment to customer service, but also from their commitment to our community. Since its inception, Metcalfe’s World’s Largest Brat Fest has sold more than 3 million bratwursts and raised $1.6 million for charities throughout Dane County. Readers of Madison Magazine continuously name Metcalfe’s the “Best of Madison” in the Grocery category.

The Metcalfe family’s commitment to our community also extends to the environment. Since 2008, Metcalfe’s Markets have been 100% green powered, offsetting 100% of their carbon dioxide emissions from their use of electricity by purchasing clean, renewable energy.

It was a pleasure to meet with the family, congratulate them on this milestone, and wish them continued success in our community.


National Foundation for Women Legislators Presentation
Last week, I attended the annual conference of the National Foundation for Women Legislators, where I had the opportunity to speak to the full conference about Senate Bill 393, a bill I have been working on to eliminate the practice of shackling incarcerated women during labor and childbirth. Legislators from across the country were surprised to learn about this inhumane and dangerous practice and will be researching whether it happens in their states. I am thrilled that we are not only moving this legislation forward in Wisconsin but also raising awareness that will hopefully put an end to the practice anywhere in the country it currently occurs.

Our bill would also ensure incarcerated women are offered pregnancy and STD testing, have access to prenatal care including the ability to use a doula, and that they receive postpartum care after their babies are born. Among other things, this includes medical care, mental health care, and access to a breast pump to maintain their milk supply.

As I told the group of more than 100 women legislators last week, ending the practice of shackling pregnant women and ensuring incarcerated women and their babies are safe and healthy is clearly the right thing to do, from both a human and a fiscal perspective. That is why I will continue working to get SB 393 passed.

Verona Road Update
NOTE: Holiday work restrictions are in effect from noon Wednesday (Nov. 22) until 6 a.m. Monday, Nov. 27.

Verona Road, from Fitchrona Road underpass (south of County PD) north to Raymond Road

  • Nightly single lane closures scheduled on Verona Road northbound and southbound within these limits. 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Monday night through Wednesday morning (Nov. 20-22)

  • Access to and from Verona Road at Carriage Street is permanently CLOSED. Alternate local routes are required.

  • Northbound Verona Road and Chalet Gardens Road intersection is permanently CLOSED – view map. Alternate local routes are required to area businesses and residences.

County PD (McKee Road), between Fitchrona Road and Spoke Drive

  • Nightly single lane closures scheduled on County PD westbound and eastbound at the Verona Road intersection. 8 p.m. – 5 a.m. Monday night through Wednesday morning (Nov. 20-22)

  • One turn lane CLOSED from westbound County PD to Verona Road southbound.

Plan Ahead: Next week look-ahead for Nov. 27 - Dec. 2

  • Read about the Verona Road Project construction activities for week of Nov. 27 - Dec. 2.

Click here to visit the WisDOT Verona Road Project Team website, and click here to follow them on Facebook.


Keeping Your Family Safe on Thanksgiving
Did you know that most home cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving? That’s why it’s important to follow the safety tips below to help keep your holiday safe this year.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, unattended cooking is the leading factor in home cooking fires. Most of those fires start when food or other cooking materials catch on fire. When preparing your holiday dinner, make sure you keep anything that can catch on fire such as oven mitts, wooden utensils, towels and food packages away from your stove.

Stay in your kitchen if you are frying, boiling or broiling food. If you are baking, make sure you check it regularly. Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove to help prevent bumping. Keep children and pets away from the stove. Frying poses the greatest risk of fire. If using a turkey fryer, make sure you follow the manufacturer guidelines regarding appropriate use of the appliance.

In addition, make sure you have a fire extinguisher that has an “A”, “B” and “C” rating and test your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. If using candles, consider using flameless candles.

Many people will be traveling this holiday week to visit family and friends or to head to the hunting shack. Before you travel, check with 511 Wisconsin for the latest traffic and road conditions. This information, along with live traffic cameras and traffic alerts, can be accessed on the 511 Wisconsin system, which includes a free mobile app, @511WI on Twitter, or the mobile-friendly site

Before traveling, make sure you have an emergency kit in your vehicles. Vehicle breakdowns or getting stuck in the snow can occur anywhere. A kit could help keep your family safe until help arrives. Consider including non-perishable foods, flashlight, extra hats, gloves and blankets. Other suggestions are available at


The Season of Deals, The Season of Fine Print
In recent years, many major retailers have started spreading their one-day Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales into a week-long shopping extravaganza. Between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, retailers will drop additional sales and limited-time discounts on their own schedules. And did we mention in-app discounts for mobile device users?

Each of these promotions will have its own terms and conditions, including limited item inventories, rebate requirements and specific promotion dates and times. How does a consumer keep track of all of the details for these sales?

Regardless of whether you prefer to find your holiday deals online or in print ads, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) asks shoppers to pay close attention to the sales details in this season’s promotions.

Holiday sales often introduce variances to retailers’ business hours, available item quantities, and return policies. Some discounts are only offered in store while others may require the use of a retailer’s website or mobile apps.

Other simple tips to remember when you are shopping for deals this holiday season include:

  • If you use a retailer’s app, familiarize yourself with its operation in advance of your trip to the store so that you can access discounts and promotional offers before you hit the register.

  • In-store promotions may require you to spend a certain amount on particular products and accept a text message from the business in order to receive a coupon or promo code. Read the fine print on posted signs for the offer.

  • If you use print ads, keep them available and take note of any special prices while you shop online or in store.

  • Print out promotional offers from retailers’ websites if you intend to buy a particular item in store. Include as much product information with the offer as you can, including sale prices and SKU or model numbers.

  • Some one-day deals may require tickets that you receive at the front door of the store. These tickets will be limited.

  • A store’s price match policies may not apply to sale items listed in holiday ads.

  • Make sure you understand return/refund/exchange policies before you buy. Retailers may have alternative policies in place for holiday sales, and online purchases may not necessarily be eligible for in-store returns. Keep your receipts and pick up gift receipts for gift recipients.

  • Be aware that clearance and “open items” may have different return policies or not be returnable at all.

Wisconsin law requires stores to charge their lowest advertised price for a product and to refund any overcharge, so it is important for consumers to keep an eye on the prices at the register or in the online shopping cart. Special pricing may only apply to specific products, so be sure that you have the correct item and model name or number before you start to checkout. Speak up if you believe that an item did not register at its advertised price.

If you are charged the wrong price on an item and the business will not correct the error, file a complaint with DATCP’s Weights and Measures Bureau, visit, send an e-mail to or call 608-224-4942.


Fun Wisconsin Fact
In 2003 the Wisconsin Legislature named cranberry as the official state fruit. The idea came from a class project of 5th-grade students from Trevor Grade School in Kenosha County. 20 out of 72 Wisconsin counties are producers of cranberries, producing more than half of the nation's cranberries.

Cranberries evolved in unique wetland conditions created by melting glaciers. The berries were first named "crane berry" by European settlers, presumably because prior to blooming, the flower and stem resemble the head of a Sandhill crane. Cranberries were important in the diets of Native Americans for hundreds of years. They ate them raw, dried, boiled with honey or maple sugar, and baked with cornmeal into bread. A mixture of cranberries, cornmeal, deer meat, and animal fat was pounded into cakes and dried in the sun to make pemmican.


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