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A Note from Rep. Edming


Thank you for taking the time to read this week's e-update. I am looking forward to sharing with you a bit about what I have been up to this week.

First, I would like to thank all our first responders in the 87th Assembly District for everything they do for us. On Wednesday, we remembered those innocent civilians and first responders who lost their lives in the attack on our nation 18 years ago. May we never forget.

As always, if you would like to share your thoughts or concerns on any state issues, please contact my office and let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.


Taking Action on Caller ID Spoofing

Yesterday, I came down to Madison for a meeting of the Consumer Protection Committee.  The committee voted to send a couple of bills to the full Assembly for consideration, including Assembly Bill (AB) 147, which deals with caller ID spoofing.

Over the past few years, I have heard complaints from many folks around the 87th Assembly District about receiving scam calls from phone numbers that they recognize or are similar to numbers in our area.  Like many of you, I have experienced this problem myself and agree that we need to find new ways to stop these types of calls.  I believe that AB 147 is a step towards that.

While much of telecommunication regulation is handled at the federal level, AB 147 would create a state law that prohibits caller identification (ID) spoofing. This means that no one could call or text someone else using misleading caller ID information with the intent to defraud or otherwise harm them. This legislation would also apply to telemarketers and also prohibits them from blocking the correct caller ID information with each call. Any violation of these prohibitions is subject to a fine between $100 and $10,000.

My hope is that this new deterrent will reduce the number of unsolicited phone calls we are all receiving. I look forward to seeing this bill come before the full Assembly during the fall legislative session.

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2019-2020 State Highway Maps Now Available

The 2019-2020 State Highway Maps recently arrived in legislative offices for distribution to folks around the state.  I was glad to see that students in Hayward were already making good use of some of the new maps this week. These maps are always great to have in your vehicle as we know all too well in the Northwoods, GPS doesn't always work!  If you would like a map please contact my office to request one.

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Consumer Protection Hearing

As I discussed above, I had a meeting in Madison yesterday with the Consumer Protection Committee. In addition to the votes on two bills, we also listened to testimony on two more, AB 169 and AB 202.  

AB 169, which I have co-authored, relates to continuing education (CE) program sponsors for chiropractors, chiropractic technicians, and chiropractic radiological technicians. Currently, program sponsors for CE for chiropractors must submit its program to the Chiropractic Examining Board for approval. This legislation adds chiropractic technicians and chiropractic radiological technicians to that list, as well. It also adds the Chiropractic Society of Wisconsin, the American Chiropractic Association, and the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards to the list of chiropractic CE program sponsors acceptable for license renewal. By doing so, this will provide increased competition and greater choices of CE programs for these professions. 

AB 202 would prohibit the sale of novelty lighters to minors and requires novelty lighters be displayed for sale from behind the store counter, a locked case, or somewhere else that is not accessible to the public. Many novelty lighters look just like toys to children, and this bill will make it harder for one to fall into their hands. We heard from fire chiefs around the state about the benefits of making these types of lighters less accessible to minors. After hearing the testimony yesterday, I am proud to have signed on as a co-author of AB 202. 

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Click on the photo above to watch the Consumer Protection Committee hearing.

Around the 87th

Ladysmith 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

On Wednesday I took part in Ladysmith's September 11th Remembrance Ceremony. I was honored to play Taps again this year and participate in this solemn event.  May we never forget what happened on that day 18 years ago.

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Photo Courtesy of the Ladysmith News

Bear Hunting in the 87th

I ran into Brian Takach and his daughter, Piper, on Tuesday as they finished up their hunting trip. It was great to see Brian sharing his hunting experience with his daughter. Brian shot a 257-pound bear in Rusk County. Congratulations, Brian!

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Upcoming Events Around the 87th

Check out the following events happening around the district:

Do you know of any events in the district that I missed? Contact my office and let me know, so I can include it in a future e-update and try to attend myself. 

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