LAB Election Report; Pro-Life Legislation; Phillip Dibb Hometown Hero

 

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In This Issue

  1. Legislative Audit Bureau Election Report
  2. Committee on Constitution and Ethics
  3. Pro-Life Legislation 
  4. Sporting Heritage
  5. In the District - First Responder Hometown Hero Phil Dibb
  6. Contacting My Office

Legislative Audit Bureau Election Report

In a September E-Update I provided an election update on three separate investigations. This past Friday, the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) concluded their audit of the 2020 November election.

The LAB issued 48 total recommendations, 30 of which were directed at the Wisconsin Election Commission (WEC). The audit revealed numerous areas where the Wisconsin Elections Commission, and some local election officials, failed to fully comply with the law. 

In the September E-Update I discussed the various bills the legislature has already passed to address most of these concerns, but Governor Evers vetoed election integrity legislation. 

I continue to support the efforts of Rep. Janel Brandtjen's (R-Menomonee Falls) and her committee's oversight of this past election. 

I hope this audit is another wakeup call to WEC and the governor that we need to pass these recommendations into law to strengthen and verify and accurate election next year.  


 Committee on Constitution and Ethics

Last week I held a hearing on several bills in the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics. We heard testimony on Assembly Joint Resolution 77. This resolution relates to a Constitutional convention to propose that the Supreme Court of the United States be composed of 9 justices. This is a bill authored by our very own State Senator Julian Bradley (R-Franklin).

We also heard testimony on Assembly Bill 530, which would prohibit censorship on social medial platforms. The bill's author testified that on the day of the hearing that another state representative's Facebook post had been taken down simply for informing people of an upcoming rally. This type of censorship is a violation of our constitutionally protected right to free speech and is fundamentally un-American. Assembly Bill 589 prohibits social media Internet censorship of journalistic enterprises.


Pro-Life Legislation

As a strong and committed pro-life legislator, I am happy that the Assembly will be taking up legislation next week to provide protections for unborn babies. These bills are good bills, however, several of them contain exceptions that undermine their good intent. I authored amendments to some of the bills to correct the problems.

Here is a summary of the bills and the amendments I offered:

Assembly Bill 6, the Born Alive Protection Act, would prosecute individuals who conspire to or intentionally kill a child who survived an abortion attempt. The bill added a section to give immunity to the mother, however, if she were to conspire to or intentionally kill the born-alive baby. 

Assembly Amendment 1 to AB 6 removes that exception and states that if the parent or guardian of a child born alive does not give consent to the unlawful actions of a health care provider under the bill, he or she may not be held criminally or civilly liable.

Assembly Bill 493 removes abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin, from the state Medical Assistance program, except for any hospital that performs an abortion in the rare cases of sexual assault, or life and health of the mother.

Assembly Amendment 1 to AB 493 removes the hospital exemption.

Assembly Bill 593 ensures that women seeking a mifepristone (RU-486) chemical/"medical" abortion be informed that they can reverse the effects of the first drug given in a two-step drug regimen to end their pregnancy. The bill protects the medical principle of informed consent.

Assembly Amendment 1 to AB 593 removes the "medical emergency" exception. In a true medical emergency, a woman would need immediate transportation to a hospital-not an abortion. The amendment also restores the full 24-hour waiting period for victims of sexual assault and incest since under current law, there is no waiting period for an abortion in cases of sexual assault and a 2-hour waiting period for an abortion in the case of incest. 

Assembly Bill 595 aims to end discriminatory abortions including for race, color, national origin, ancestry, or sex of the unborn child, or solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with or has a potential diagnosis of Down syndrome, or another congenital disability. Sadly this bill discriminates against those babies with life-limiting fetal anomalies. 

Assembly Amendment 1 to AB 595 removes the exception for life-limiting fetal anomaly included in the bill's definition of congenital disability. I cannot support a bill that includes this discrimination. I have known several families who have faced a "life-limiting fetal anomaly" where the baby has been born, named, baptized, and loved in life, until that child passed into eternity in the loving arms of mom and dad.


Sporting Heritage 

Ted Nugent joined me and other Republican legislators in Madison in support of a package of bills providing common sense reforms in the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and making it easier for Wisconsinites to exercise their constitutional rights.

Within the 13 bills unveiled were key reforms to cut red tape and expand opportunities for Wisconsinites to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Key measures include simplifying the turkey hunting season to make it more accessible, increasing the number of pheasants introduced after each season around the state, and allowing for a controlled sandhill crane season.

I would appreciate any feedback you have on any of these proposals to ensure our state continues our proud hunting heritage. 


In the District

First Responder Hometown Hero Phillip Dibb

Congratulations to Phillip Dibb, recipient of the 83rd Assembly District's First Responder Hometown Hero Award! 

I am proud to announce that this outstanding first responder will be honored at the State Capitol at a special ceremony on October 26th. Phil serves as an active member of the Tess Corners Fire Department with 48 years of service, and as an active EMT with 46 years of service under his belt. He is the former chief of the department and continues his service as secretary of the board of directors. He has helped so many individuals and families over the years and is well-deserving of this honor.


Contacting My Office

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