Capitol Updates from State Rep. Dave Considine

May 8, 2015

Dear friend,

I hope you are enjoying our warm spring weather, and a happy Teacher Appreciation Week! If you have educators in your life, please be sure to thank them for the hard work and dedication they give every day to help our children achieve their full potential.


In this issue, you'll find information on my first bill, which was introduced this week, as well as an update on the state budget and prevailing wage, along with some helpful local news and opportunities. If you have input, questions, or concerns on any of these issues, I would be happy to discuss them with you. Feel free to reach out to me anytime: you can email me at, call my office at (608) 266-7746, or send a letter to PO Box 8952, Madison, WI 53708. If you are in Madison, stop by my office in room 412 North in the State Capitol..





Dave Considine

State Representative

81st Assembly District




In this issue:

  • Industrial Hemp Bill

  • State Revenue Numbers and Budget Update

  • Update on Prevailing Wage Repeal (AB 32/SB 49)

  • Technical College Board Seeks Student Representative

  • Baraboo High School Athletic Opportunities

Industrial Hemp Bill

This week, I was very proud to introduce my first bill for the 2015-2017 session. This legislation, currently known as LRB-1692, would create a state licensing process for the production of industrial hemp.

My introduction statement:

The full text of the bill:

In the midst of such a serious budget deficit and lagging job growth, I want to find ways to work together to improve our state’s fiscal situation. Industrial hemp has major potential to build and strengthen Wisconsin’s agricultural economy and create jobs in rural communities, and that's why I am hopeful that many of my colleagues on both sides of the aisle will support this bill. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know via email at or (608) 266-7746.


State Revenue Numbers and Budget Update: Harder Decisions on the Way

This week, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau informed the Joint Finance Committee that, unlike Governor Walker and many of my colleagues expected, there will be no additional revenue beyond the originally projected numbers for the next two years. Also this week, the JFC concluded voting on the "easier" sections of the budget. This means that some difficult decisions are ahead as the committee addresses the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP), the Educational Communications Board, and many more departments.


From now until the state budget is done, the JFC will meet at least twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday. Each day, the committee works from a new set of "papers" from the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. You can find next week’s papers here:


Update: Prevailing Wage Repeal

Senate Bill 49 (SB 49), a bill to repeal Wisconsin's prevailing wage law, was recently taken up in the Senate Committee on Labor and Government Reform, where it failed to pass on a 3-2 vote with bipartisan opposition. It will now be sent to the Senate Committee on Senate Organization, where it can be modified, sent directly to the Senate floor for a vote, or remain in committee.


To follow the progress of SB 49, I recommend signing up for the Legislative Notification Service here:


Gov. Walker Seeks Applicants for Technical College Board Student Representative

The Wisconsin Technical College System Board is the coordinating agency for the Technical College System. The student representative to the board is appointed for a term to expire May 1, 2017, must be over the age of 18, a state resident, enrolled at least half-time, and be in good academic standing.


Those interested in the position should submit a cover letter, resume, and the application (see and select the "Apply" tab on the right side of the page). The deadline for submitting application materials is 12 PM this coming Monday, May 11, 2015. If you have questions about the application process, please call Elizabeth Hizmi at (608) 266-1212.


Baraboo High School Athletic Hall of Fame Seeking Volunteers, Coaches

The Baraboo High School Athletic Hall of Fame is seeking volunteers to serve on the committee to assist with planning the Induction Ceremony. There are two vacancies, and each position will be a three year term. If interested, please contact Athletic Director Jim Langkamp at The 2015 Ceremony will be held on Saturday, September 26th at 6pm.

BHS also has vacancies for the positions of Assistant Varsity Volleyball Coach, Middle School Volleyball Coach, and JV Girls Tennis Coach. For more information, or to apply please contact Athletic Director Jim Langkamp (see email above).


May Photo Update


Check out these photos and more on my legislative website and Facebook page!




Announcing my industrial hemp bill with my colleague and co-author,

Rep. Chris Danou (D-Trempealeau)




Enjoying some time out on my tractor with two of my eight grandchildren




Thanks to East and North Freedom Elementary for coming in for a Capitol tour!

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