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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope you had a good Labor Day celebration. On Monday, I attended the South Central Federation of Labor’s annual Labor Fest celebration.

This week in the Capitol, I introduced legislation to ban fugitives from justice from purchasing possessing a firearm in Wisconsin, also enabling inclusion of these fugitives in the national background check system. I also introduced a resolution you can read more about below to recognize September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. In this newsletter, you will also find news of how the Republican lame duck laws are now tying the hands of our Attorney General, an update from the final hearing of the Adoption Task Force, a request from the Department of Natural Resources, and a Wisconsin Fun Fact about our state’s connection to automobile seat belts.

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:

Democrats Propose Restoring
Full Power of Attorney General

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Adoption Task Force Wraps Up

Draft Water Management & Conservation Program Input Wanted

Wisconsin Fun Fact

Whats Happening?

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Democrats Propose Restoring Full Power of Attorney General

In a move to remove impractical constraints on the Attorney General and let him do the job that Wisconsin voters elected him to do without legislative interference, Democrats this week introduced a bill to restore full powers to Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul. 

Last December, Republican legislative leaders passed laws to thwart the powers of incoming Democratic Attorney General Kaul.

The unprecedented power grab was decried by citizens across Wisconsin and the nation. The Republican move, during a special session of the legislature, was widely criticized as a petty response to the election of Democrats to all four top statewide elected offices.

The Democrats’ proposal would restore the full powers of Attorney General Kaul, which they say is necessary to he can conduct business for the Wisconsin Department of Justice. Their bill would repeal the provisions of the lame-duck law that requires Kaul to request approval by the legislature’s budget committee for settling or dropping lawsuits and his authority to allocate lawsuit settlement funds.

Democratic lawmakers argued that the constraints on Kaul have created chaos by failing to provide a procedure to handle settlements. Kaul has warned repeatedly that the state of Wisconsin could be at risk of losing out on millions of dollars in settlement money if this situation is not resolved.

This week, the issue erupted when Republican lawmakers refused to approve a process for guaranteeing confidentiality regarding lawsuits. Instead, they proposed hiring a partisan attorney, at taxpayer expense, to sign a confidentiality agreement on behalf of the 16-member state budget committee. 

Democrats responded by introducing a bill to undo the unworkable restrictions on the Attorney General set up during the lame-duck session last December.

Although the Democratic bill has no chance of passing in the Republican-controlled legislature, Democrats think it is important to advance the bill to call attention to the issue.


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September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This week, I circulated a resolution designating the month of September as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  Ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecological cancers and is most common in postmenopausal women.  It is often referred to as the ‘cancer that whispers’ because the symptoms are subtle and often overlooked, making it difficult to diagnose.  I hope this resolution raises awareness across the state, and I am urging all of my colleagues to support it.

Additionally, I am working closely with the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (WOCA). Their mission is to provide education, support, and funding of research for ovarian cancer throughout Wisconsin. Together, we are working to raise awareness of this deadly form of cancer.

WOCA organized a legislative advocacy day where I met and spoke with survivors of ovarian cancer, who emphasized the importance of early detection.  Too often, ovarian cancer goes undiagnosed until the disease has reached an advanced stage and has likely already spread to other parts of the body. 

Risk factors for ovarian cancer include age, a family history, genetic markers (BRCA or Lynch Syndrome), previously had another type of cancer, history of infertility, hormone replacement therapy, and obesity.  Symptoms include bloating, pelvic/abdominal pain, difficulty eating or feeling full quickly, and urinary urgency or frequency.  With detection being difficult in the early stages, it is important women be aware of these symptoms and risks.


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Adoption Task Force Wraps Up

The Adoption Task Force held its last hearing this week. We heard final recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and had the opportunity to ask them questions. They addressed a number of issues we heard about at hearings we held earlier in the summer in locations across the state. 

We are finalizing our recommendations and will soon have a package of bills to be introduced to the full Legislature.  Watch for information on our proposals in future newsletters.

It is an honor to have serve as vice-chair of this task force. Additionally, I appreciate the hard work done by all of our task force members, staff, experts, and members of the public to help us improve how our system works for some of our state’s most vulnerable children.

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Draft Water Management & Conservation Program Input Wanted

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is looking for comments through October 15th on Wisconsin’s 2019 Draft Water Management and Conservation Program.  This water efficiency program review is a required part of the Great Lakes Compact, a formal agreement between the eight Great Lakes States to work together to manage and protect the Great Lakes.  With this review period, the other seven Great Lakes states as well as members of the public can review how Wisconsin is implementing this Compact.  Public opinion can help inform the DNR before they submit the final program review to the Compact Council in 2019.  Wisconsin is fortunate to have a 659 mile frontage on the Great Lakes, making it important to focus on conservation.

Click here for the PDF of the draft water management program, or search the DNR website for “Great Lakes Compact.”  Comments can be emailed to DNRWaterManagementProgram@wisconsin.gov.


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Wisconsin Fun Fact
Safety Belts: A Wisconsin First

Saving over 15,000 lives a year, it’s hard to imagine a time before seat belts, and this safety feature actually holds two Wisconsin firsts.

In 1949, Wisconsin-founded car company Nash Motors became the first company to provide seat belts.  By the late 1950s an engineer at Volvo designed the three-point seat belt people know of today, securing both the chest and hips with a single belt.  As more companies began to offer seat belt accessories in their cars, scientific research began affirming their value in saving lives--amidst critiques that the belts would prevent escape from submerged cars. 

In September 1961, Wisconsin Governor Gaylord Nelson signed a bill into law requiring seat belts in the front seats of cars.  Every Wisconsin car model built in starting in 1962 had to be outfitted with approved safety belts.  Ultimately, this Wisconsin first was adopted across the United States seven years later when seat belts became mandatory in 1968.  Seat belt usage became mandatory in Wisconsin in 1987.

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Things happening in the district & around Madison:

Charity Dog Wash
Saturday, September 7, 2019

10 AM - 2 PM
Waggin' Tails Doggie Dude Ranch & Pet Lodge
6249 Nesbitt Rd., Fitchburg

Join the Waggin' Tails Doggie Dude Ranch and Fitchburg Veterinary hospital for their fundraiser adoption day to raise money for area pet rescues.  There will be a discounted dog wash and nail trim, adoptable dogs and cats, dog training information and demos, raffle prizes, and food to enjoy.


UW Badger Football Game
Saturday, September 7, 2019

Kickoff at 2:30 PM
Camp Randall Stadium
1440 Monroe St., Madison

The UW Badgers play Central Michigan at their first home game of the season at 2:30 pm on Saturday.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

6:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Monona Terrace
1 John Nolen Dr., Madison

Support Madison Athletes as they swim, bike, and run around Madison.  Expect heightened traffic around the Isthmus this weekend.


Monroe St. Farmers Market
Sunday, September 8, 2019

9 AM - 1 PM
2219 Monroe St., Madison

Enjoy the Monroe Street Farmers market every Sunday through October 27.  The market features local products, live music, and family friendly activities.

Sidewalk Chalk Art Festival
Sunday, September 8, 2019

12 PM - 5 PM
Tangent Kitchen & Tap Room
803 E. Washington Ave., Madison

Stop by rain or shine to watch local artists create beautiful chalk drawings on the patio off of East Washington and help vote for the winner.  There will be free face painting as well as local arts and crafts vendors.

David Landau
Monday, September 9, 2019

5:30 PM
Harmony Bar
2201 Atwood Ave., Madison

Bring your kids ages 2-8 to the Harmony Bar on Atwood Avenue to see Children’s performer David Landeau read stories and perform children’s music on Monday nights.  Admission is $3.00 per person.


Mindful Movement
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

10 AM - 10:45 AM
Alicia Ashman Library Meeting Room
733 N. High Point Rd., Madison

Come join fitness and mindfulness coach Venus Washington to explore the mind/body connection.  Designed for seniors but open to any adults wanting to explore

Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy
Tuesday, September 10, 2019

 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Overture Hall
201 State Street, Madison


Witness a magical journey in a fantastical jungle setting filled with flowers, majestical trees and a variety of special effects at Overture Center on Tuesday.  Click here for more information, or call the ticket office at 608-258-4141.


$6 Student Thursday at Marcus Theatres
Thursday, September 12, 2019

All Day
Marcus Point Cinema
7825 Big Sky Dr., Madison

Students and faculty of all ages can enjoy $6 admission every Thursday at Marcus Theaters plus a free 46 ounce popcorn.  Bring your student ID to receive this discount.

Family Friday Movie Night - The Lego Move 2 (PG)
Friday, September 13, 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Alicia Ashman Library Meeting Room
733 N. High Point Rd., Madison

Come to the A. Ashman Library to find out what happens when Lego Duplo invaders arrive from outer space at this family friendly showing of The Lego Movie 2.



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