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Dear friends and neighbors,

This week is Wisconsin School Board Week, a time to recognize the contributions made by Wisconsin's school board members who are charged with governing public education under state law. Serving on a school board is never easy and takes a great deal of dedication. This is especially true now, as our board members work through the challenges of keeping our schools safe, healthy, and a great place to learn during a global pandemic. I would like to thank all of our area school board members for their service and dedication to our children.

In this week’s newsletter, you will find an update on this week’s Health Committee hearing, the latest on COVID-19 from our Department of Health Services, information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and more.

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

In This Week's Update:

Health Committee Hearing Focuses on Anti-Abortion Legislation

COVID-19 Update

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

DWD Expands Resources for Employers to Support Employees Working to Overcome Substance Use Disorder

Online Safety Course for Parents and Caregivers Available

New Blue Books are Here!

Wisconsin Fun Fact

What's Happening?

Contact Me:

109 North, State Capitol

P.O. Box 8953

Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

Toll-Free: (888) 534-0078

Fax: (608) 282-3690

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Health Committee Hearing Focuses on Anti-Abortion Legislation

The Assembly Committee on Health held a public hearing on Thursday to hear testimony on nine bills. These bills included:

+Assembly Bill 593: informed consent regarding a certain abortion-inducing drug regimen and reporting requirements for induced abortions.


+Assembly Bill 539: prohibiting discrimination in organ transplantation on the basis of disability.


+Assembly Bill 36: permitting pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives, extending the time limit for emergency rule procedures, providing an exemption from emergency rule procedures, granting rule-making authority, and providing a penalty.


+Assembly Bill 594: congenital condition educational resources.


+Assembly Bill 262: induced abortion reporting.


+Assembly Bill 493: certification of abortion providers under the Medical Assistance program.


+Assembly Bill 528: certification of abortion providers under the Medical Assistance program.


+Assembly Bill 595: sex-selective, disability-selective, and other selective abortions and providing a penalty.


+Assembly Bill 6: requirements for children born alive following abortion or attempted abortion and providing a penalty.


While there were a few bright spots, such as bipartisan bills to expand access to contraception and to prevent discrimination against individuals with disabilities when considering eligibility for organ transplants, the hearing was dominated by proposals to limit or impede access to abortion services.

Before the hearing, I was joined by Dr. Kristin Lyerly, Dr. Kathy Hartke, and OB/GYN residents for a press briefing to address the nationwide effort to restrict women's health care options. We discussed how many of the bills heard by the committee today are a part of the extreme anti-choice, anti-women’s health agenda. Most of these bills are scheduled for a vote in the Health Committee on October 14.

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COVID-19 Update

Public Health Madison & Dane County announced this week that is has extended its Face Covering Emergency Order until November 5. No changes were made to the previous order. Face coverings are still required for people ages two and older when in any enclosed space open to the public where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or living unit, are present and while driving or riding in any form of public transportation.


Also this week, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced technology enhancements so that people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 can be sent a text or email notifying them of their exposure to COVID-19. This new feature is another way to share important information with close contacts in a timely fashion. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will continue to receive a phone call from a contact tracer.

This close contact texting and email notification system is different from the Wisconsin Exposure Notification app, which exchanges anonymous signals with other phones that are near it for at least 15 minutes and allows people who test positive to send an alert to other nearby phones. The app is available for download from the Google Play Store for non-iPhone users or can be enabled in Settings on your iPhone.


For more information on contact tracing and close contacts, visit the DHS COVID-19 Contact Tracing and COVID-19 Close Contacts webpages.

As you likely know, the CDC has recommended that people 65 and older and certain populations who are at high risk of COVID-19 who have received the Pfizer vaccine receive a booster shot at least six months after the completion of their Pfizer vaccine primary series. This decision follows authorization by the FDA.

DHS recommends that the following populations SHOULD receive a booster dose of Pfizer at least 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer in order to further strengthen their immunity:

DHS recommends that the following populations MAY receive a booster dose of Pfizer at least 6 months after receiving their second dose of Pfizer vaccine, after considering their individual risks and benefits:

For more information, view the DHS news release on Pfizer booster shots.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Domestic Violence Awareness Month was launched nationwide in 1987 as a way to connect and unite individuals and organizations working on domestic violence issues while raising awareness for those issues. Over the past 30-plus years, much progress has been made to support domestic violence victims and survivors, to hold abusers accountable, and to create and update legislation to further those goals.

I have the honor of serving on the Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse. The Council advises the Department of Children and Families and the legislature on domestic abuse funding and policy issues, while also serving as a sounding board and resource for citizens of the State on domestic abuse issues. The Council on Domestic Abuse is made up of thirteen members who are appointed for three-year terms. Those appointed to the council have a recognized interest in and knowledge of domestic abuse issues.

Since 1991, the Council has selected recipients for Outstanding Achievement in Domestic Abuse Issues awards. The awards are presented at a ceremony each year during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. This year’s awards will be presented later this month.

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DWD Expands Resources for Employers to Support Employees Working to Overcome Substance Use Disorder

As part of efforts to help Wisconsin employers connect with underutilized talent pools, the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) has expanded resources for employers to help employees working to overcome substance use disorder and attain job stability and security.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic impact on Wisconsin citizens, especially those with substance use disorder. Through DWD resources, Wisconsin employers can learn about a variety of topics, including:

  • Labor market impacts of the opioid epidemic in Wisconsin;
  • The cost of substance use in the workplace; and
  • Policies and program guidance to support individuals in recovery in the workplace.

DWD will continue to add resources and guidance to this page for employers and job seekers affected by substance use disorder with the goal of removing recovery as a barrier to employment.

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Online Safety Course for Parents and Caregivers Available

Attorney General Josh Kaul, in partnership with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI), announced a free, online course for parents and caregivers on how to help keep kids safe online. The course comes as the Department of Justice (DOJ) and DPI recognize October as Keeping Kids Safe Online month in Wisconsin for the fifth year in a row.


The “Pro-tech-ting Children Online: ICAC Resources and Support” course is led by Wisconsin Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force victim service specialists. The goal of the course is to help parents and caregivers recognize online exploitative behaviors, develop skills to support and empower those impacted by it, and provide resources to continue the conversation about healthy online behaviors.

Wisconsin ICAC Task Force leaders suggest parents talk to their children about online safety early and often. Parents should discuss online dangers and risks with their kids. They should also have an open dialogue about their kid’s online activity, including the websites they’re visiting, the people they’re communicating with, the information they’re sharing about themselves, and any situations that make them feel scared, uncomfortable or confused.

In addition to the online course, resources for parents and caregivers can be found on the Wisconsin ICAC Task Force homepage. The Wisconsin ICAC Task Force also produces the Protecting Kids Online (PKO) podcast. The podcast is designed to inform parents and caregivers about the latest trends and updates on apps, websites and other online activity of children age 17 and younger.

Podcast topics include:

  • Wisconsin ICAC Task Force activities
  • app of the week
  • tips & methods for combating online child exploitation and sextortion
  • internet safety laws; cyberbullying
  • healthy online habits
  • protecting your child from strangers online
  • safe sharing tips
  • responses to listener questions

Parents and guardians can also subscribe to the Wisconsin Community & Parent email list to receive online safety updates and information by emailing icac@doj.state.wi.us and requesting to be added.

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New Blue Books are Here!

The 2021-2022 edition of the Wisconsin Blue Book is here!  If you'd like a copy please email my office at Rep.Subeck@legis.wisconsin.gov, and I will have my staff provide you with your very own copy.  If you are downtown during normal business hours, you can also stop in to my office (Room 109 N in the Capitol) to pick one up in person (please note that masks are required in my office).


(Pictured is a young constituent who loves reading his Blue Book every night before bed.)

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Wisconsin Fun Fact 


October 8 marks the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire. On the same night in 1871 that the famous Chicago fire burned the city, a more deadly fire broke out in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. The fire likely started when small fires that farmers would set to clear forests spread due to winds in the area.


The wind moved the fire west, and burned Peshtigo, Wisconsin, in the process. The fire burned throughout northern Wisconsin, including parts of Door County and even spread into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This fire is known as the deadliest fire in history.


While the Chicago fire is estimated to have killed around 300 people, the Peshtigo fire is responsible for an estimated 1500-2500 deaths. The exact number of lives lost in the fire remains unclear because the fire destroyed the town’s records.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

"When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People" - Badger Talks Live @WiSciFest Edition
Tuesday, October 12, 2021

In their book “When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: How Philosophy Can Save Us from Ourselves,” authors Steve Nadler and Larry Shapiro argue that the best antidote for the current epidemic of bad thinking is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy.

This is a free, virtual event presented by Badger Talks at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, no registration needed. The talk can be accessed via the Badger Talks YouTube channel

Conservation Park Tour- Owen
Wednesday, October 13

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Owen Conservation Park
6021 Old Sauk Road, Madison

Join conservation staff for the final Conservation Park Tour of the 2021 season at Owen Conservation Park. Owen has been a focus of intensive ecological restoration for Madison Parks. Come and learn about our efforts and the ecology of the tallgrass prairie and oak woodland habitats that occur here.

Walk with conservation staff and learn how and why we do what we do to manage conservation parks. Monthly tours are a staff-guided, easy walk held seasonally at various conservation parks. These events are free to attend, family-friendly and no registration is required. Walks are held rain or shine. Pets are not allowed in any conservation park.

The Fitchburg Farmers Market
Thursday, October 14, 2021

3 PM to 6 PM
Agora at Fitchburg Center

5500 E. Cheryl Pkwy, Fitchburg

Stop on by the Fitchburg Farmers Market every Thursday starting in May! The Market is outdoors at the the Agora Pavilion from 3 PM - 6 PM. Special events, like a Master Gardener Booth on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month, are also offered.

Market Finds:

  • Fresh produce including sweet corn, heirloom tomatoes & organic selections
  • European pastries
  • Artisanal cheese and curds
  • Fresh flowers and perennials
  • Honey
  • Kettle corn
  • Jams and salsas
  • Goat’s milk soap
  • Select meats

For more information visit their website or call (608) 277-2606

Family Pumpkin Carving Party
Saturday, October 16, 2021
Sessions Starting at 10 PM and 2 PM
Middleton Public Library – Archer Room
7425 Hubbard Ave, Middleton

Will you carve a scary or silly face? Or a haunted house? Or a cat in a tree on a moonlit night? Pumpkins and carving materials supplied. Registration for all participants is required. Space is limited. Masks are encouraged and appreciated.

Wisconsin Vs. Army
October 16, 2021
7 PM
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St, Madison
Price: See Website

Come cheer for the Badgers!

Mad Laughs: Stand-up Comedy & Mead @Bos Mead Hall

Saturday, October 16, 2021
7:30 PM
Madison Indie Company
Bos Meadery
849 E. Washington Ave, Madison

OCTOBER 16, 2021! Mad Laughs makes its thunderous return to the Bos Mead Hall stage with headlining comic and HBO Comedy Wings winner CHASTITY WASHINGTON (BET, Just For Laughs, NBC, HBO). Chastity will be joined by Nashville's hilarious ALLISON SUMMERS and Madison favorite MO B for a side-splitting night of stand-up comedy and mead.

Featuring stand-up by:
Mo B
Allison Summers
Chastity Washington

Hosted by:
Shauna Jungdahl

Doors open at 7:30PM, show begins at 8PM. Tickets $10 on Eventbrite or $15 cash at the door. All online purchases are eligible to win a free bottle of mead at the show. RSVP on Facebook.

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