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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

This week, both the Senate and the Assembly were in session. On Tuesday, Senate Republicans rejected the appointment of Brad Pfaff as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Secretary-designee Pfaff has been an advocate for farmers throughout his career and since his nomination in December of 2018. He has worked tirelessly providing farmers mental health assistance, expanding rural broadband access, and improving sustainable land management practices.

Also on Tuesday, Senate Republicans voted against considering a bill that would provide $500,000 per year to homeless shelters. As we head into the cold winter months, Republicans once again ignored the needs of the most vulnerable Wisconsinites. The Senate also passed a constitutional amendment that would restrict the Governor's veto power, as retribution for using his veto to put more money into our schools. Instead of addressing the pressing issues of our state, Republicans decided to spend their time undermining the Governor and trying to grab more power for themselves.

The Assembly was in session twice this week, and on Tuesday and voted to sustain Gov. Evers' partial budget vetoes, thus affirming historic investments in education, criminal justice reform, initiatives to protect our natural resources, and reforms to strengthen our workforce and economic development. Then on Thursday, Republicans refused to discuss and vote on the gun safety bills that Governor Evers called for in a special session. These bills include universal background checks and Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) legislation. Democrats held a press conference with Attorney General Josh Kaul where members called for swift action on gun safety to ensure the safety of Wisconsin families.

You can read a few more details about my two days in session below, along with acknowledging Wisconsin's Family Caregivers. I will be back in session on Tuesday, and will have more information on that in next week's e-Update. 

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 Weeks Update:

Special Session on
Gun Safety Rejected by GOP

A Small Win for
Birth Control Access

Caregiver Appreciation

Wisconsin Fun Fact

Whats Happening?

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Special Session on Gun Safety Rejected by GOP

On Thursday, Assembly Republicans rejected Governor Evers’s call for a special session on gun safety. The Governor called for legislation to close the background check loophole by requiring background checks for all firearm purchases and to create Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO) for individuals in crisis. Both bills are supported by over 80% of Wisconsinites and are evidence based policies that have been proven to work.

Gun violence is now a public health crisis that plagues all of our communities across the state. When Governor Evers called on the Legislature to take action to reduce gun violence, I was hopeful that we would finally see a bipartisan effort to address this public health and safety crisis. It is disappointing, though sadly unsurprising, that Republicans again played politics with the safety of our communities.

States across the country have passed bipartisan legislation to address gun violence, but Wisconsin Republicans refuse to heed the call of the Governor and the people of our state. Meanwhile, criminals who are intent to harm others obtain guns by exploiting our background check loophole, and families lack the tools they need to keep firearms out of the hands of a loved one in crisis who poses a danger to themselves or others.

With only six months left in the legislative session, the time to act is now. Wisconsinites deserve to know that they and their children are safe from gun violence whether at school, at work, or out in the community. Extreme risk protection orders and background checks are common sense, evidence based policies proven to reduce gun violence without interfering with anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights.

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A Small Win for Birth Control Access

On Thursday, the Assembly voted on AB 304. This bill permits pharmacists, under certain circumstances, to prescribe and dispense hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered birth control pills to people who are at least 18 years of age. The bill passed on an 82-13 vote, and still needs to pass the Senate (which won’t be easy). 

Democrats have fought for years against a deluge of bad policies aimed at curbing access to birth control, but this vote was a small win and a motivator to keep pushing forward because every person who needs birth control should have easy and affordable access to it. 

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AdobeStock_268612470.jpegCaregiver Appreciation

This week was designated as Family Caregiver Week by Governor Evers.  This designation coincides with National Family Caregivers Month. Approximately 578,000 family caregivers provide about 538 million hours of care, without reaping the benefits of income, every year in Wisconsin. They provide a quality of life for their loved ones through assistance with daily tasks such as  hygiene and health care assistance, along with giving them as comfortable and safe of a life they can.

Caregivers often put the needs of others above their own, and this is why Governor Evers made this designation. It is a chance to recognize Wisconsin's family caregivers for all their hard work, and for what they experience every day to help their loved ones live with dignity. Thank you to the care givers, your work and dedication have not gone unnoticed.

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Wisconsin Fun Fact
This week would have marked Gov. James Duane Doty’s 220th birthday. He was born in Salem, NY in 1799, and at age nineteen he moved to Detroit, practiced law, and by the age of twenty-four was appointed federal judge of the western Michigan Territory which included the land that would later become Wisconsin. He would eventually serve as Wisconsin’s second territorial governor, a delegate during Wisconsin’s first Constitutional Convention, would become one of Wisconsin’s first representatives to congress in 1849, and ultimately Utah’s fifth territorial governor until his death in 1865.  

However, before a lot of these accomplishments could be achieved by Doty, there needed to be a Wisconsin, and arguably Doty’s most lasting legacy was his role in creating a city on an isthmus, and then getting to designate that city as the capitol.

In 1836 Doty would make his way from Green Bay to what we now known as Madison with surveyor John Suydam, and subsequently would begin his quest to create the capitol city of Wisconsin. With $1500 and a hope to become wealthy far beyond that amount, he purchased 1,261 acres of land, created the original plat, named the streets after the original signers of the US Constitution, and named the city in honor of America’s fourth president, James Madison, who had died that same year.

Less than a month after the survey was finished, the territorial legislature met in the provisional capitol of Belmont, Wisconsin. Doty’s Madison was in the running for the capitol along with some stiff competition from Belmont, Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Dubuque. After 42 days and a win by one vote, Madison was chosen to become capitol.  Because of its geographic location, the decision was made mostly upon compromise since Madison was geographically between  thriving Green Bay and the lead mines, and between the Mississippi River and Lake Michigan.

There have been allegations Doty bribed delegates with things such as fine furs, but there were other cities near Madison that also wanted to be named capitol and those speculators became a coalition. However, it’s certain that without Doty, Madison would not be capitol, and maybe not even exist.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Holiday Fantasy in Lights
Saturday, November 9, 2019 - Saturday, January 4, 2020

Lights turned on daily at 4:30 PM
Olin-Turville Park
1156 Olin Turville Ct., Madison

Annual event featuring dazzling lights and music; a magical world like you've never seen before. Admission is free, donations appreciated. Bring your family out for a new holiday tradition!

Dia de los Muertos Scholarship Benefit
Saturday, November 9, 2019

5 PM - 8 PM
Madison East High School
2222 East Washington Ave., Madison

Latinx Student Union scholarship fund benefit, 5-8 pm, 11/9, East High School, with entertainment by El Ballet Folklórico de María Díaz, Mariachi Corazon de Mexico, Carlos Soriano, Guadalupe Zaragoza, DJ Latin Fresh, food sale, raffle. $7 ($5 students, free ages 4 & under).

Kids' Art Adventures
Sunday, November 10, 2019

1 PM
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
227 State St., Madison

Enjoy a variety of artwork in the Wisconsin Triennial that highlights the natural landscapes of our world. Then use printmaking techniques to create a postcard celebrating your favorite aspects of nature. What a treat for someone to receive handmade mail from a young Wisconsin artist! Families are invited to make art together in MMoCA’s classroom after a lively discussion in the galleries. Activities are appropriate for kids ages six to ten; younger siblings are welcome. Kids’ Art Adventures are free and begin at 1 pm. Come 15 minutes early to sign up.


Scandinavian Holiday Baking
Sunday, November 10, 2019

1:30 PM
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
5701 Raymond Rd., Madison

This program, led by Claire Campbell, promises to be an instructive and entertaining enterprise. Plus, we will have samples for our Fika time.

Hoarding Presentation
Monday, November 11, 2019

6:30 - 7:30 PM
Alicia Ashman Library - Meeting Room
733 N. High Point Rd., Madison

Margo, a psychotherapist and owner of Courage Counseling, will talk about some of the underlying causes of hoarding disorder, and why the reality television shows about people who have hoarding disorder are a manual in “What Not To Do.” Margo specializes in hoarding disorder and works with people suffering from trauma, depression, anxiety, OCD and grief (including pet grief.) There will be time for questions and discussion.


Gut Check: Common igestive Issues and
the Role of Nutrition

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

12 noon
Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Dr., Madison

A review of what “normal” or healthy digestive health is. Covering common digestive problems people experience and their potential causes. Nutrition strategies for improving and maintaining a healthy gut discussed in detail. FREE and open to the public.

Evening Family Storytime
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

6 - 6:45 PM
Sequoya Library - Meeting Room B
4340 Tokay Blvd., Madison

Unwind at the library as a family with evening storytime. Bring your dinner or snack and join us for stories, puppets, and songs to appeal to all ages.

SCALE (Skills in Computer & Literacy Education)
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6 - 8 PM
Meadowridge Library

5726 Raymond Rd., Madison

Class with Literacy Network: In the SCALE tutoring session, you will work with a tutor every week on a lesson that is written just for you. You can study with a tutor 2 hours per week. Your tutor will help you study so that you can continue your education and/or improve your employment. Call for more information or to register for the class session (Thursdays, Sept. 19-Dec. 19).


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