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A Note from Rep. Edming

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Welcome back to my e-updates!  Now that the election is behind us, I can resume sending my e-updates which I send periodically to keep you informed of my work as your state representative.  I appreciate you taking a few minutes from your day to read this update.  If you are new to my e-updates, I hope you find them informative.

While the next legislative session does not begin until January, my staff and I are still available to assist you.  Navigating the bureaucracy of state government can be frustrating, so if you believe that my office can be of help, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Laying the Groundwork

I am grateful to the people of the 87th Assembly District for re-electing me to serve as your state representative for another two years.  I remain humbled by the trust you continue to place in me to serve as your voice in the Wisconsin State Assembly.  As I often tell folks, being your state representative is the best job I have ever had.

My staff and I are already hard at work laying the groundwork for the upcoming session.  One of the most important parts of my job as your state representative is promoting and supporting policies that meet the needs of people in the 87th District.  That is why I appreciate all the contacts I receive either through my office or out and around the community.  Some of the legislation that my staff and I are working on right now came from suggestions or ideas brought forward by constituents of the 87th District.  As the new legislative session approaches, I encourage you to reach out to me and share your thoughts and ideas.  Some of the best ideas for legislation come from constituents just like you.

Also, I recently shared my thoughts regarding the upcoming session in a guest column that was printed by various news outlets in the 87th District.  If you missed this column you can click here to read it on my website.

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Under the Dome

Update on the State-Tribal Relations Committee
As the state representative for the 87th Assembly District, I have the privilege of representing one of Wisconsin's tribal nations in the legislature.  That is why it is such an honor for me to have been selected to serve on the Special Committee on State-Tribal Relations again this session.  This committee is directed to study issues relating to American Indians and the American Indian tribes and bands in this state and develop specific recommendations and legislative proposals relating to these issues.  The committee is made up of a bipartisan group of legislators from both houses as well as representatives from each of Wisconsin's tribal nations.  I am proud to serve on this important committee with 87th District resident Jason Weaver who is the representative of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (LCO).

Yesterday, the committee met for the third of an anticipated four meetings.  During the meeting, we heard presentations from various individuals such as the President of the Wisconsin Indian Education Association and the LCO Behavioral Health Director to name a few.  In addition, the committee discussed several bill drafts that may lead to legislation next session.  If you are interested in learning more about what has been going on in this committee you can click here to visit the committee website.  There you will be able to view information from the presenters as well as review the bill drafts under consideration by the committee.

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Help Decorate the 2018 State Capitol Christmas Tree
As you may be aware, every year for the Christmas season there is a beautiful Christmas tree that is erected in the rotunda of the Capitol. The tree is decorated each year with ornaments made by students from around the state based on that year's theme.  This year's theme is "America's Dairyland" and the Governor Walker's office is now asking teachers, parents, and children to contribute their own dairy themed ornaments to help decorate the state tree!

If you want to have your ornament on the tree, it must be submitted by Friday, November 23, 2018, to the following address:

Claire Franz
Wisconsin Department of Administration
Division of Facilities Development & Management
17 West Main Street, Suite 119
Madison, WI 53703

Once all the ornaments are collected, they will be displayed on the Capitol Christmas Tree that will be set up after Thanksgiving weekend.

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Around the 87th

Rep. Edming Receives the Working for Wisconsin Award
Earlier this month, I was proud to accept the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce (WMC) "Working for Wisconsin Award" at Gilman Cheese Corporation. This award is presented to state legislators who have demonstrated their support for policies that promote job creation and economic growth. In order to receive this award, legislators must have at least a 70% rating on WMC's legislative scorecard, on which I earned a 93.8% rating.

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Rusk County Nurse Receives "Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health Award" 
Recently, I had the opportunity to congratulate a local nurse on her outstanding accomplishments. Mrs. Mary Schneider was presented with an Outstanding Contribution to Rural Health Award by the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health in recognition of her hard work, volunteerism, and local community outreach.

Mrs. Schneider has worked at Marshfield Medical Center-Ladysmith (formerly Rusk County Memorial Hospital) for 34 years, and during her time there, she has made quite the impact. From volunteering with local emergency services, securing funding for equipment to teaching community members CPR and introducing students to health professions, she has gone above and beyond the call of duty. In addition, she has also developed a class to help prepare local youth for babysitting and has been a vital part of the Neonatal Resuscitation Program. These are just a few of the ways that she has shown her passion for her community and the healthcare profession. I was thrilled that she was selected for this award and that her hard work and dedication have been acknowledged. Keep up the great work!

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Nurse Award Picture 1 [E-update].jpgI was honored to say a few words to congratulate Mary on her achievement.

Veterans Day
It was an honor to participate in the Veterans Day Ceremony in Ladysmith this past Sunday.  Thank you to all the courageous men and women who have worn our country's uniform and put their lives on the line to protect our nation and our freedom!

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Photo courtesy of the Ladysmith News.

Good Luck Hunters!

Wisconsin's 9-day gun deer hunting season kicks off this Saturday.  Whether this will be your first hunting experience or you have been hunting for years, I wish you and your family a safe and successful hunt.  Also, feel free to visit the Department of Natural Resources' website for tips, regulations, permit information and more so you can make the most of this season and enjoy this true Wisconsin tradition.


Stay Up to Date

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