Health Committee Update, Col Heg Statue Returns and Fall Colors

 

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In This Issue

  1. Health Committee Update
  2. Fall Colors in Wisconsin
  3. Colonel Hans Christian Heg Statue Returns
  4. In the District - Road Construction
  5. Contacting My Office

Health Committee Update

Last week I testified on a bill I authored, Assembly Bill 262. This piece of legislation seeks to provide more data and transparency to the citizens of Wisconsin. Abortion providers will need to submit additional information to the Department of Health Services (DHS) to include in their annual report. In addition, DHS must include this new data in the birth defect registry. 

The additional information will let policymakers gain a greater understanding of sex selective abortions, fetal anomaly abortions, and where late-term abortions are occurring among other data points.  

I believe abortion is an abomination. I am unapologetically pro-life. I hope greater information about the reasons for aborting babies will help pro-life counselors in their sidewalk counseling skills, giving them a more accurate understanding of why women in Wisconsin are choosing abortion. 

To abort a baby because it's a girl when parents were wanting a boy, or because a baby may be disabled, when parents were hoping for a healthy baby, treats human life as a commodity rather than the miracle that it is. 

I oppose discrimination in our laws, including discrimination based on sex or disability.  


Fall Colors in Wisconsin
Photo Credit: Travel Wisconsin

Wisconsin is home to many scenic landscapes that showcase the delightful colors of nature in autumn. We're starting to see the leaves change colors, with some parts of the state already at or nearing peak colors.

Why Do Leaves Change Colors?
In the fall, when days shorten and temperatures drop, leaves stop their food-making process. As a result of the changes, chlorophyll, a pigment that gives plants their green color, breaks down. At the same time, other chemical changes occur, which can vary how the colors look based on the type of tree. Some trees produce red, some purple and others a vibrant orange.

When Do The Leaves Change?
From mid-September through October, fall colors develop from north to south. During each season, colors gradually change until reaching a peak. Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report provides updates as the season progresses county by county, making it easy to track and plan your fall foliage sightseeing adventures. 

Wisconsin Gems For Fall Colors
With over six million acres of public lands, 49 state parks, 15 state forests, 44 state biking trails, plus hundreds of lakes and rivers to explore, opportunities to view Wisconsin’s fall colors are bountiful. Check out some of our favorite places to explore this time of year:

  • Peninsula State Park (Fish Creek, WI)
    • Many people consider Peninsula to be Wisconsin's most complete park. When you see its many offerings, it's easy to see why. With the new Eagle Tower open, there's no better place in Wisconsin to be among the beautiful changing leaves.
  • Wyalusing State Park (Bagley, WI)
    • At Wyalusing State Park, camp and explore 500 feet above the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. One of Wisconsin's oldest state parks, Wyalusing features hiking trails, a canoe trail, Native American burial mounds, bird watching, fishing, boating, bicycling and picnicking on bluff top overlooks.
  • Kettle Moraine State Forest - Northern Unit (Campbellsport, WI)
    • The first and largest unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest offers plenty of ways to explore among world-famous glacial landforms. 

For more information on planning a Fall getaway, visit https://www.travelwisconsin.com/trip-ideas/fall-getaways 


Col. Hans Christian Heg and

Lady Forward Statues Restored

During the night of June 23, 2020, a violent mob tore down two statues on the Capitol Square that represent equality and progress for all of our citizens. I am happy to report that both statues are restored and in their rightful spots. Col. Hans Christian Heg has particular importance to Muskego. Born in Norway, Heg's family moved to Wisconsin in 1840 and settled in the Muskego settlement area. Col. Heg served valiantly for his new country in the Civil War and gave his life to the cause of eradicating slavery. He fell in battle in 1863 at Chickamauga, Georgia. 


In the District

Road construction season is still underway. With that in mind I wanted to alert you to road projects in the district.

For more detailed information on Department of Transportation projects in the Southeast Region click here

Project ID 2040-14-20 - This project will address the deteriorating pavement conditions and improve traffic operations. 

* Lover's Ln, St Martins Rd (Rawson Ave) to College Ave, USH 45/STH 100 - Milwaukee County.

From time to time, I hear from constituents who have various concerns about road construction projects. Please reach out to my office for any assistance and to speed up any delays in responses from the DOT. 


Contacting My Office

My Capitol office is here to help you with general inquiries as well as questions and concerns regarding legislative matters. Feel free to contact me or my staff. We are always ready to assist you in your needs. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.