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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy Friday!  After a tough winter, it seems spring is finally on its way. Unfortunately, this means more risk of flooding as snow melts and rain comes our way. The City of Madison has lots of information about how to prepare and mitigate risk of flooding, as well as what to do when flooding occurs. Click here to learn more. 

 Earlier this week, I met with Governor Evers to talk about legislative priorities and his proposed budget. Read on for more about our meeting. In this newsletter, you will also find news from the Attorney General’s office, can learn about a program called Project Soapbox, 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 Weeks Update:

Meeting with Governor Evers

No Concealed Carry Licenses for Felons and Domestic Abusers after Expungement

Wisconsin Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Trump National Emergency

Republicans Using More Tax Dollars for Private Attorneys

Project Soapbox

Hi Grandma and Grandpa Scams

Women Veterans Survey

Fun Wisconsin Fact

What's Happening?

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Madison, WI 53708

Phone: (608) 266-7521

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Meeting with Governor Evers

This legislative session is getting off to a quick start.  This week I met with Governor Evers to discuss a wide range of issues affecting our community and the rest of Wisconsin.

 I thanked the Governor for his excellent state budget proposal, which truly represents a new vision for Wisconsin’s future. One provision in his budget request mirrors a bill I authored last session that would reinstate the False Claims Act. This would help our state crack down on unscrupulous corporations and big pharmaceutical companies that make fraudulent Medicaid claims at the expense of Wisconsin taxpayers. I’m grateful for Governor Evers’s leadership on this issue.

Most importantly, I thanked the Governor for offering a budget that reflects the values of the people of Wisconsin. I am thrilled that he prioritized our schools and universities, expanding access to health care, and supporting hardworking Wisconsin families. Futures newsletters will provide more information about specific budget initiatives and updates on the budget process.


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No Concealed Carry Licenses for Felons and Domestic Abusers after Expungement


This week, Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ)  is in the process of reviewing existing concealed carry licenses to determine which licensees have an expunged felony or domestic violence misdemeanor conviction that would disqualify them from possessing a firearm.  After those licensees have been identified, DOJ will issue revocation notices. Additionally, the Department is no longer approving handgun purchases by, or issuing concealed carry licenses to, individuals who have an expunged felony or domestic violence misdemeanor conviction.

Previously, under former Attorney General Schimel, the Department had taken the position that a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor conviction that had been expunged, under the limited circumstances allowed for under current state law, did not disqualify an individual from possessing a firearm.   

Now, under Attorney General Kaul, the Department is following the Wisconsin Supreme Court interpretation of the law and making it clear that a person whose conviction prohibited possession of a firearm before expungement remains prohibited from possessing a firearm after expungement.

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Wisconsin Joins Multistate Lawsuit Challenging Trump National Emergency

Wisconsin is joining 20 other states in a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's actions regarding the building of a border wall.  The lawsuit spells out how the actions of the Administration exceed the power of the executive office, violate the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes, and would illegally and unconstitutionally divert federal funds appropriated by Congress for other purposes. 

 This week, in a bipartisan 59-41 vote, the Republican controlled United States Senate opposed the Trump Administration decision to circumvent Congress and take money already designated for other programs and redirect it to pay for his U.S.-Mexico border wall.  

 Attorneys General, Governors, and state and federal Legislators, on both sides of the political aisle, have an obligation to set partisanship aside and work to ensure the law of the land is obeyed. 


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Republicans Using More Tax Dollars for Private Attorneys

This week, Republicans made the decision to use your tax dollars to hire private attorneys to intervene in a lawsuit Planned Parenthood filed in January of 2019.  This action was taken despite the fact the Wisconsin Department of Justice already defends state laws that are defensible and enacted in accordance with the United States and Wisconsin Constitutions and in accordance with legal precedence. 

The lawsuit was filed in response to state laws that have made it more difficult for women to obtain an abortion and for abortions to be performed by qualified medical professionals such as nurse practitioners and nurse-midwives.  Other onerous provisions in current state law require women seeking medicine that causes abortions to see the same physician on two separate visits, and have the physician present when dispensing abortion-causing drugs.

Republicans should not use your tax dollars to defend the indefensible.  They are spending $850,000 of your money to defend gerrymandered legislative maps, they are spending $500 an hour for an attorney to defend their lame duck power grab, and now they want to spend even more of your money to continue to make it more difficult for women to obtain basic reproductive health care.  

While we could not stop the Republicans from moving forward legislatively, U.S. District Judge William Conley would have to approve the Republican attempt to have the Legislature intervene in the case. 

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Project Soapbox

Yesterday, I enjoyed spending time at the Overture Center serving as one of the judges for Project Soapbox.

 Project Soapbox is a program designed to help teens develop communication skills, including persuasive writing, public speaking, and issue research, that are critical to young people’s ability to 'get on a soapbox' and become advocates for, and find solutions to issues affecting their communities.

 Students delivered original speeches of 2 to 3 minutes in length on issues such as gun violence, mental health, healthy relationships, and community greening initiatives, and other issues impacting them and their communities.  The students were evaluated on content, delivery, and style of their original speeches.



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Hi Grandma and Grandpa Scams 

With Spring Break approaching for many students across Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is raising awareness of grandparent scams.

Grandparent scams, also known as “Family Emergency Scams” allow con artists to scam money from families by posing as grandchildren (or children and other extended family) in need of financial support.

Typically, a fraudulent caller will say something along the lines of being mistakenly arrested while abroad, having been in a terrible accident, or facing some other sort of severe legal bind. Whatever the stated reason for the call, the called will ask for a large of amount of money to be wired to them in secrecy: They will want the interaction to be a secret from law enforcement and other family members.

To prevent scam callers from being successful, it is best to develop a family plan. It should consist of:


  • A travel itinerary that includes contact information for accommodations or transportation services
  • A plan for regular, quick check-ins,
  • A code word or phrase that would be expected in any true emergency call, and
  • Open family communication to verify the safety of the family member.

If you do receive a potential scam call, refrain from giving out any personal information, do not wire money or provide banking information to the caller, and remain calm. Contact the Bureau of Consumer Protection (800-422-7128) and/or local police department if you cannot reach a family member, or if you are unsure of what to do.


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Women Veterans Survey 

The Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs (WDVA) is asking for assistance in spreading the word about their efforts to survey women Veterans and better identify issues that are of specific concern. The information gained through the survey will help to develop programs and services that address the needs of women Veterans and reflect their interests. Promoting the survey is part of the effort to ensure the WDVA is positioned to provide programs and services to help you attain goals, as well as assisting Veterans in connecting to resources and accessing benefits they have earned.

The comprehensive women Veterans survey is being done in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center and should take about 15 minutes to complete. Please seize this opportunity to provide your insights and honest feedback.

If you have ever served in the military – regardless of component, length of service, or era – the Department needs to hear from you and learn what it can do to continue to improve in areas that are important to you.

Please be assured that your responses will be kept confidential. The deadline to complete the survey is March 31, 2019. Go to WisVetsWomen.com to access the survey.



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Fun Wisconsin Fact

This week the City of Milwaukee was chosen to serve as host for the 2020 Democratic National Convention.  Our fun Wisconsin fact this week is that Wisconsin has never before hosted a National Convention for either major political party.

 While it is a partisan political convention, the effort to have our state host the 2020 Democratic National Convention was supported by Wisconsin Republicans and Democrats alike.  The convention will provide us with an opportunity to showcase our state to people from across the country and members of the media from around the world.  The Convention will also have a significant economic impact on our state, with expectations that over $200 million will be pumped into our state economy.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Shamrock Shuffle
March 16, 2019


Corner of Frances and State Streets


Walk for a cause in this 5k/10k charity walk/run for the benefit of the Boys and Girls club.

Register Here

Cat and Kitten Adoption Fair
March 16, 2019ate


Earthwise Pet Supply, 3260 University Ave


Find a fuzzy friend at this event, supported by 9lives rescue to find homes for the animals they've helped.


Madison Mayoral Debate
March 18, 2019

7:00 to 8:30pm 
Madison Central Library

Debate between Paul Soglin and Satya Rhodes-Conway with questions asked by Isthmus reporter Dylan Brogan

Madison Mayoral Debate
March 20, 2019

Concourse Hotel

Debate between Paul Soglin and Satya Rhodes-Conway

March 16, 2019

Alicia Ashman Library

Enjoy a screening of the popular film in preparation for upcoming sequel.

Central Library Film Fest Sneak Peak
March 19, 2019

Central Library

Get a sneak peak at the films being shown in this year's annual Wisconsin Film Fest.

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