COVID-19 Update 4/22/20 On April 20th, Governor Evers announced “Badger Bounce Back,” a plan to re-open Wisconsin’s economy following federal guidelines. The plan involves three stages of reopening based on the state reaching certain criteria.
COVID-19 e-Update 4/16/20 During the COVID-19 crisis, it’s all hands on deck and this cannot be the last time the State Assembly meets. We need to continue fighting for solutions that meet the needs and priorities of Wisconsin’s families, health care workers, local governments, and businesses moving forward.
COVID-19 e-Update 3/30/20 As you may know, the federal government recently passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES). This stimulus package provides roughly $2 trillion to combat COVID-19.
COVID-19 e-Update 3/24/20 Today, Governor Evers issued Emergency order #12, the “Safer at Home” order. This order calls on Wisconsinites to do their part to flatten the curve of COVID-19 and prevent the spread of this disease.
COVID-19 e-Update 3/18/20 With the ever-changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay up to date.
COVID-19 E-update 3/9/2020 Coronavirus is a topic on the minds of many of my constituents and people across the globe alike. I would like to take the time to relay the information that the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the CDC have put out on the outbreak.
E-update - End of Legislative Session Last week, the Wisconsin State Assembly met for the last time this session. Assembly Republican leadership decided to close the day without taking up many priorities important to the people of Wisconsin.
E-Update 1/27/20 Last Wednesday, Governor Tony Evers delivered his second State of the State Address to a joint session of the Wisconsin State Legislature. There are many issues Governor Evers laid out that Democrats in the legislature are ready and willing to work on with our Republican colleagues.
E-Update 1/21/20 Last week the State Assembly met for the first time this year and passed AB 563 and AB 564, two bills helping both foster care and adoption processes in Wisconsin.
E-Update 1/13/20 On January 7, 2020, I introduced a constitutional amendment protecting Wisconsinites against gerrymandering, a process that unethically restructures voting districts to benefit an individual or political party.
E-Update 11/12/19 Last week the Republicans demonstrated their indifference to violence and the protection of Wisconsin citizens by ignoring the Governor Evers call for a Special Session to act on gun violence.
E-Update 10/28/19 Because Republican legislative leaders will not act to reduce gun violence, Governor Evers has called the legislature into a special session to address this unacceptable situation.
E-Update 10/14/19 Last week during a Rules Committee meeting, Republican leadership hastily proposed making sweeping changes to the Wisconsin State Assembly rules. The proposed resolution introduced various changes to further solidify the majority leadership’s control over floor and committee procedures.
E-Update 10/1/19 I am pleased to join Senator Risser and Representative Pope in introducing the End- of-Life Options Act (LRB 1624). This medical aid-in-dying legislation would allow mentally-capable, terminally-ill adults with less than six months to live the right to end life on their own terms.
E-Update 9/16/19 I am proud to introduce a bill restoring shared governance to the University of Wisconsin System. The bill will return the original statutory language to that existing before the 2015 biennial state budget changes.
E-update 7/13/18 Even though the legislative session came to an end in March, there is still a lot of work to be done in, around, and for our great community this summer.
E-update 4/13/18 People across the country are demanding action from their elected leaders to address gun safety and ensure dangerous weapons do not end up in the wrong hands. It is far past time lawmakers get on board with live-saving, common sense gun safety measures!
E-Update 3/22/18 students across the country as they rallied and marched for action on gun safety.
E-Update 3/8/18 Happy International Women's Day! I want to take a moment to thank my women colleagues at all levels of government, business and in the community.
E-Update 2/15/18 On January 24th, Governor Walker offered his State of the State Address. Governor Walker used much of the address to take credit for cleaning up messes his administration created and claiming Democratic legislation as his own.
E-Update 1/22/18 Last month we said farewell to another fantastic intern. Ashly started in our office this past summer and did an incredible job helping constituents in the 79th Assembly District. Thanks for all your hard work, Ashly!
E-Update 12/19/17 Looking ahead to 2018, we will be in session again and I want to know what you are hoping to see happen in the New Year? This year has been full of ups and downs. I hope we can come together in the New Year to address some of the biggest problems facing our state.
E-Update 12/6/17 On November 27th, I was happy to attend the signing of 2017 Act 77, a bill I co-authored that creates a no-cost economic development tool for values-based corporations in Wisconsin.
E-Update 11/22/17 Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving this Thursday! As we begin this holiday season, I also want to share the ten warning signs of Alzheimer's Disease.
E-Update 10/18/17 It was a privilege to address the Challenge Academy Cadets in the rotunda. It is always inspiring to see them at the Capitol.
E-Update 9/29/17 Congratulations to Alex Haunty for accepting the Hometown Hero Award from the Wisconsin State Assembly. It was an honor to nominate you!
E-Update 9/11/17 Today we remember the lives that were lost sixteen years ago. We will never forget.
E-Update 8/22/17 It was a pleasure visiting with constituents in Cross Plains for a listening session. There were many great questions and good discussion about the direction of our state.
E-Update 8/1/17 The Assembly Democrats decided to get together and go over the budget with the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. We were happy to hold an open caucus where many great questions were asked.
E-Update 7/12/17 I hope you've had time to enjoy some time in Wisconsin's great outdoors during these summer months. Need more information about fishing licenses and stamps for 2017?
E-Update 6/26/17 Happy Pride Month! I was honored to co-sponsor Assembly Joint Resolution 31 recognizing June 2017 as LGBT Pride Month!
E-Update 6/13/17 Throughout the past two weeks I've been traveling to the schools around the 79th District to thank and recognize retiring educators and staff. We are incredibly lucky to have so many fantastic public school employees.
E-Update 5/30/17 Congratulations to Penni Klein on her retirement and many thanks for her service to our community as Director of Public Lands for the City of Middleton.
E-Update 5/15/17 One of the highlights of my job as a legislator is welcoming people from the 79th District to the Wisconsin State Capitol. On Wednesday, 8th and 9th grade students from the MCPASD Orchestra came to preform in the Capitol Rotunda.
E-Update 5/1/17 Since we just celebrated Earth Week in Wisconsin, I traveled around the 79th Assembly District to take in the beautiful environment that we are so lucky to have as part of our community.
E-Update 4/17/17 Recently, the State Assembly took up Assembly Bill 109. As you may know, this bill is related to Dane County towns right to opt-out of county zoning. If signed into law the bill would undermine the referendum requirements that allow town residents to have a vote in the opt-out process.
E-Update 3/31/17 I am excited to report the bill I authored, Assembly Bill 82, passed out of the Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage. This bill would give disabled veterans priority in obtaining turkey hunting licenses and tags.
E-Update 3/17/17 March 8th was International Women's Day, and I celebrated by speaking to many young women that are becoming engaged in their communities.
E-Update 3/3/17 I had a fascinating conversation with these students about solar energy. They were part of the Technical College project display in the Capitol rotunda. I am committed to advancing clean energy solutions for Wisconsin's future.
E-Update 2/17/17 Last Wednesday, many constituents and visitors stopped by my office including these two bright medical students.
E-Update 2/3/17 It was a privilege to serve as vice-chair of this important taskforce and I am humbled that AARP has chosen to recognize me for my work. Alzheimer’s and dementia affect thousands of Wisconsinites and their families every day.
E-Update 1/12/17 I was honored to be sworn in for the 2017 legislative session on January 3, 2017.
E-Update 12/2/16 Your voice is important, and I encourage you to communicate with me. I am honored to serve as your State Representative, and will continue to speak your views and vote your values within the Wisconsin State Assembly.
E-update 10/19/16 It was an honor to receive the "Ally Award" from the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance with Governor Walker, and Rep. Rohrkaste.
E-Update 9/15/16 The funding requests are for nearly 700 projects, reaching 43,000 students. We are lucky to have a Former U.S. Senator so supportive of our schools!
E-Update 8/16/16 What an amazing farm! Veggies for Vets is a great organization that serves the greater Dane County area and Veterans who need food assistance. Steve and Steph do great things with their organic farm. What a fun day!
E-update 7/11/16 The Ice Age Trail Alliance has established the Ice Age Trail Community program, designed to help communities leverage the Trail as an economic and social engine, while promoting the Ice Age National Scenic Trail to community members and visitors alike.
E-update 6/9/16 What an amazing mural at Sauk Trail Trail Elementary School in Middleton. Dane County artists worked with students to create this masterpiece.
E-update 5/10/16 Thank you LaFollette High School for your outstanding DECA and internship program. Thank you Aiden and Ally for interning with me. What fantastic students.
E-update 4/4/16 Following this announcement, Reps. Terese Berceau (D-Madison) and Dianne Hesselbein (D-Middleton), members of the Assembly Committee on Colleges and Universities, wrote a letter requesting a public hearing for the chancellors to make their presentations.
E-update 3/24/16 I’ve been hearing from seasonal workers like construction workers and landscapers in the 79th District that the new job-search rules for Unemployment Insurance Compensation benefits are becoming a nightmare.
E-update 3/14/16 The new maps are here! I have laminated wall maps and folded highway maps. If you are interested in receiving one, please let me know.
E-update 1/25/16 AB88 would extend residential privileges to members of the military stationed in Wisconsin when they visit state parks.
E-update 1/11/16 State lawmakers get back to business in January after the holidays. The legislature will be taking up several items in the next several months.