Caregiving Task Force, Human Dignity Act, Fall Color Report

 

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In This Issue

  1. Caregiving Task Force
  2. Human Dignity Act
  3. Fall Color Map
  4. Contacting My Office

Task Force on Caregiving

I am honored to be one of four state legislators appointed to the Governor's Task Force on Caregiving. We had our first meeting on September 25th in Milwaukee.

This task force will address solutions to a number of issues related to caregiving, including workforce recruitment and retention, support for family caregivers, and improvements to the access, affordability, and quality of caregiving.

Strengthening direct care is one of the critical challenges facing our state. The Baby Boomer generation is aging and there is a serious staffing shortage for direct care providers. There are also unique challenges for those who provide care for their loved ones.

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I have tremendous respect for those who are called to serve those who no longer can care for themselves, and I look forward to working with the task force on finding solutions to the challenges this industry faces.

You can read the executive order establishing the task force here.

I have the privilege of being joined on this task force by a fellow member of the 83rd Assembly District, Michael Pochowski of the Wisconsin Assisted Living Association! Below you will find a photo of us from the September 25th meeting.

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Human Dignity Act

My colleages and I are circulating legislation to address an important matter related to the dignity of human life.

This bill, the Human Dignity Act, will require arrangements for the respectful disposition of the remains of aborted children. Current standards allow for these remains to be disposed as trash or medical waste. It also prohibits the sale, transfer, and use of body parts of aborted children. Tragically, these practices have occurred in Wisconsin as recently as 2011.

Furthermore, it will add gender and disability reporting requirements for abortions. This provision will strengthen our birth defect registry.

This bill does not outlaw fetal tissue research or ban the use of existing cell lines. We have received testimony from the medical research community with assurances that this legislation will have no negative impact on legitimate research--not that ethical considerations would receive a lower priority even if it did.

Be assured that as your state representative, I will always stand up for the natural human rights of all individuals from conception to natural death.


Fall Color Report

Did you know that the Wisconsin Department of Tourism maintains a real-time fall color map for the entire state? You can use this tool to plan the best time for your next hike or drive to see the best fall colors. This tool displays both the current fall foliage status as well as estimated peak times and outdoor events throughout the state.

Currently, we are entering peak colors for the northern half of the state, with our area set to follow in the third week of the month.

You will find the map here.


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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.