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Dear friends and neighbors,

Happy Halloween, and please make sure you and your children stay safe and healthy while celebrating this weekend. The City of Madison does not have any set trick-or-treating hours, but those trick-or-treating in Middleton or Verona can do so between 5 and 8 p.m. on Halloween night. Verona also has a Main Street Trick or Treat from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

In this week’s newsletter, you will find news from the Assembly Floor, more about our First Responder of the Year, information on the Legislative Audit Bureau’s audit of the 2020 election, what you need to know about the federal child tax credit, 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:

News from the Assembly

Captain Timothy Patton: 78th Assembly District First Responder of the Year

COVID-19 Update

Election Audit Complete

Child Tax Credit

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

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News from the Assembly Floor

The Assembly met on both Tuesday and Wednesday this week. There were a few of bi-partisan proposals that passed unanimously on both days, but much of Wednesday’s session was dominated by a package of Republican bills that would limit access to reproductive health care.

On Tuesday, the Assembly passed a resolution (AJR 75) recognizing Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. I was pleased to author this bipartisan resolution together with Sen. Kelda Roys, Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills), and Rep. Donna Rozar (R-Marshfield).


Some of the other bills passed on Tuesday include:


+Assembly Bill 156- creates a state workforce housing tax credit program. This bill passed unanimously.


+Assembly Bill 314- promotes the export of Wisconsin’s agricultural and agribusiness products. This bill passed unanimously.


+Senate Bill 454- replaces the current reading readiness assessment program with a three-tiered early literacy screening program. My Democratic colleagues in the Senate attempted to amend the bill to improve it, but those amendments were defeated. This bill had opposition from teachers and school administrators around the state. The Assembly passed the language the Senate passed largely on a party-line vote.


+Assembly Bill 481- updates the registration process of fleet vehicles. This bill passed unanimously.


+Senate Bill 449- provides grants to schools to provide critical incident mapping data to law enforcement agencies. This bill passed unanimously, and now heads to the governor.

In addition to the abortion-related legislation, a few of the other bills passed on Wednesday include:


+Senate Bill 92- establishes initial training requirements for guardians.


+Senate Bill 538- prohibits discrimination in organ transplantation on the basis of disability.


+Senate Bill 555- makes changes to required subjects in a human growth and development instructional program.


There was one exception to the trend of limiting reproductive health care access. One bill that received overwhelming bipartisan support was Assembly Bill 36, which would permit pharmacists to prescribe certain contraceptives. I was happy to sponsor and work to pass this legislation to make sure women have safe and easy access to contraceptives. While I am pleased the bill has passed the Assembly, I was disappointed to see some Republicans voice opposition and vote against it in Health Committee and on the floor. I am also not optimistic about its chances to make it to the Senate floor, as there appear to be a number of Republicans there who do not want to advance it.


You can find Tuesday’s full agenda here, and Wednesday’s here.


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Captain Timothy Patton: 78th Assembly District First Responder of the Year

Tuesday’s State Assembly session included a ceremony that honored a First Responder from most of the ninety-nine Assembly Districts. Captain Timothy Patton was nominated and chosen as the First Responder of the Year from the 78th Assembly District. 

Captain Patton received two nominations: one from 78th District resident and public safety advocate Dave Glomp, and the other from Captain Patton’s daughter, Rosemary, who previously interned in my office.

Captain Patton is a steadfast public servant who goes above and beyond his job description by performing the roles of landscaper, secretary, and mentor at the West District police station in addition to his roles as captain, husband, dad, son, and community member.

Captain Patton has been a life-long resident of Madison’s west side, making him ideally qualified for overseeing the West District of the City of Madison Police Department due to his firsthand knowledge of the area’s culture, growth, demographics, and policing needs. He engages with community leaders and neighborhood residents to make the west side safer for everyone. I am proud to call Captain Patton my neighbor and to present him with this award.

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COVID-19 Update

Dane County remains under its Face Covering Emergency Order until November 5. Face coverings are 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.


The CDC has recommended that people 65 and older and certain populations who are at high risk of COVID-19 who have received the a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine receive a booster shot at least six months after the completion of their 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 also recommends that anyone 18 years of age or older who received a one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine receive a booster at least 2 months after receiving their first dose in order to further strengthen their immunity.

For more information, view the DHS news release on COVID-19 booster shots.

The FDA has also voted to authorize the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. A CDC advisory panel will vote whether to authorize next. Should they approve, the director of the CDC will choose whether to endorse the panel’s decision. Soon after, the vaccine will begin to be distributed.

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Election Audit Complete

This week, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its report of Elections Administrations for the 2020 election. The LAB is a nationally recognized, non-partisan agency that supports the Legislature in its oversight of Wisconsin state government and its promotion of efficient and effective state operations. The audit released showed that the 2020 election was free, accurate, fair, and secure.

Despite the challenges our local election officials faced in the midst of unprecedented circumstances, there is still no evidence to prove any claims of widespread fraud promoted by Donald Trump and his followers. It is time to put these falsehoods to rest. It is irresponsible for Republicans to continue insinuating that the 2020 election wasn’t administered appropriately.

This audit showed what we already know - faced with significant challenges, our clerks administered a safe, secure, and fair election. As a member of the Assembly Campaigns and Elections Committee, I will continue to fight for increased resources for training, technology, and staffing for our hardworking local clerks. We must thank our clerks properly and end the hyperbolic rhetoric that works only to sow the seeds of doubt and distrust in our democracy.

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Child Tax Credit

President Biden’s American Rescue plan, passed earlier this year, includes an expansion of the Child Tax Credit. Eligible families can receive between $250 and $300 per month until at least the end of the year. Distribution of payments began on July 15.

  • All working families will get the full credit if they make up to $150,000 for a couple or $112,500 for a family with a single parent (also called head of household).


  • The Child Tax Credit has been expanded to $3,000 per child 6-17 years old and $3,600 per child under 6.


  • Roughly 39 million households – covering 65 million children (nearly 90% of children in the United States) – will automatically receive the new child tax credit.


  • Payments will be monthly (via direct deposit for 80% of families and through the mail for the others) – at $250 per child between 6-17 or $300 per child under 6.


  • Low-income families with children are eligible for this crucial tax relief – including those who have not made enough money to be required to file taxes. If a couple makes under $24,800, a head of household makes under $18,650, or a single filer makes under $12,400, and they have not filed their taxes, there is a simple, easy tool to sign up for the Child Tax Credit.


  • The IRS has launched a simplified online tool which will allow families not automatically enrolled in the program to receive the Child Tax Credit.

You can learn more at ChildTaxCredit.gov.


GetCTC.org, the simplified filing tool, closes on November 15. Since the first payments were sent in July, Treasury and the IRS have delivered tens of billions of dollars to families including more than 60 million children each month. Unless Congress acts to extend the CTC, these monthly payments will stop in December. If you are eligible for the Child Tax Credit but don’t sign up for advance monthly payments by the November 15 deadline, you can still claim the full credit of up to $3,600 per child by filing your taxes next year

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Wisconsin Fun Fact

October 25 marked the 185th anniversary of the first meeting of Wisconsin’s territorial legislature in Belmont on October 25, 1836. The Assembly passed a resolution on Wednesday recognizing this milestone.

In 1836, Lawmakers traveled from across the Wisconsin Territory, which at that time stretched from Lake Michigan to the Missouri River in the Dakotas, and from Canada to Missouri, to meet and pass 42 different legislative acts. These acts established our judicial system, designated a permanent capitol in Madison, established a university, called for various infrastructure projects, and prescribed the internal workings of the government. The proud tradition of this early legislature continues today, as the Wisconsin State Assembly & Senate consider, deliberate, and approve various changes to our laws.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:


Monday, November 1, 2021
Doors Open: 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM

Price: $7

High Noon Saloon

701A E. Washington Ave, Madison  

Please note that High Noon Saloon, Majestic Theatre, Orpheum Theater, and The Sylvee are requiring all fans to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours OR full vaccination for entry to all events at the venue moving forward. In accordance with current Dane County Public Health guidelines, this performance will also require masks regardless of vaccination status. Additional policies may apply on a show-by-show basis. More details available here.

Pundamonium is a pun slam. That’s a kind of contest. One by one, 10 contestants have two minutes each to make puns based on prompts they have received ahead of time. Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary. Then they do it again, only this time contestants get their prompts on stage and only have 30 seconds to think and another two minutes to make puns. The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.

Day of the Dead Community Alter
Tuesday, November 2, 2021
All Day
The Overture Center
201 State St, Madison

The altar honors our ancestors and all those who passed, especially in this year when so many have been lost to the pandemic. This participatory project draws on the Day of the Dead altar-making traditions in Mexico and remembrance traditions worldwide. The community altar and celebration bring our diverse community together—to honor our ancestors and keep their memories alive. All are welcome to participate by creating and contributing a shadow box altar to honor someone who has passed.

Don Juan  
Thursday, November 4, 2021 – Saturday, November 6, 2021

7:30 PM to 10 PM
University Theatre
Hemsley, Vilas Hall

821 University Ave, Madison

In Molière's play, translated by Richard Wilbur, The notorious rake Don Juan defies conventional morality with his scandalous affairs, deceitful behavior, and blasphemy. Accompanied by his faithful but reluctant servant, Don Juan tries to stay one step ahead of scorned lovers, vengeful brothers, a disappointed father, and possible event spirits intent on his destruction. Can the libertine’s soul be redeemed or do the gates of Hell beckon

Tickets can be purchased here for $10-$25.

First Fridays on Monroe Street

Friday, November 5, 2021
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Monroe Street Merchants Association
1400-3600 Monroe St, Madison

Experience the magic of Monroe Street on the first Friday of each month from 4-7 p.m. Each month’s participating boutique shops and retail stores will be open later so you can enjoy all that our unique slice of Madison has to offer. From pop-ups to cold beverages to live music to Monroe Street’s wide selection of eateries, there’s a little something for everyone.

Women’s Hockey: Wisconsin Vs. Bemidji State
Saturday November 6, 2021
2 PM
LaBahn Arena
105 E Campus Mall, Madison
Price: See Website

Come cheer for the Badgers!

Bird & Nature Adventures at Tenney Park
Saturday, November 6

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Tenney Beach
1330 Sherman Ave, Madison

Enjoy nature in Tenney Park and along Lake Mendota and the Yahara River Parkway. Typically held as a guided walk, this adventure is periodically a pontoon ride on Lake Mendota, and noted in the event details. Adventures are always free, family-friendly and take place on the first Saturday each month. Walks are easy-paced, held from 2:30-4pm and begin at the Tenney Beach parking lot, 1330 Sherman Avenue. No registration is required. No pets are allowed. Co-sponsored by Madison FUN Friends of Urban Nature, Madison Parks, Madison Audubon Society, Tenney-Lapham Neighborhood Association  and Friends of the Yahara River Parkway.

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