Lena Taylor to receive Lifetime Service Award

Taylor’s legislative accomplishment include improving public safety, education, and health

On August 7th the Milwaukee Community Journal will host their 2016 Beacons of Light 40th Anniversary Jazz Festival, where they will honor all their special recognitions of excellence and achievement. The Milwaukee Community Journal brings to light social issues such as gun control, criminal justice and public education all of which are areas of focus for Taylor.

“It is such an honor to receive a Lifetime Service Award from the Community Journal,” said Taylor. “The 101 laws I authored over my career didn’t write themselves and they didn’t advocate for themselves. I appreciate all the help and support I’ve gotten through the years from advocates and the media to get the word out about creating positive change for our people.”

Taylor’s legislative accomplishments include improving public safety, education, and health. Her role as a Senator encompasses more than just writing laws. She’s also brought millions of dollars of funding back to the community and listened to the voices of over 50,000 people who have contacted her throughout her career.

“Throughout my life, I’ve tried to do right by others and give a voice to the voiceless,” said Taylor. “It is humbling to be recognized along with so many other great African American leaders.”



Senator Taylor Receives Wisconsin Counties Association “Outstanding Legislator Award”

State Senator Lena Taylor (D-Milwaukee) was honored recently by the Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) with a “WCA Outstanding Legislator Award” for her work on behalf of county government during the 2015- 2016 Legislative Session.

“Senator Taylor has been a real supporter of county issues this past legislative session,” said WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell. “In addition to her work on many important committees, she shows incredible leadership.”

The “WCA Outstanding Legislator Award” is handed out biennially to a select group of legislators who have represented county interests in both the legislature and in their districts.

These legislators have demonstrated leadership for counties on key issues, legislation and the state budget.

O’Connell continued, “Senator Taylor understands the importance of local government and we are proud to present her with this ‘WCA Outstanding Legislator Award.’ We look forward to working with her in the years ahead.”



Wisconsin Health Youth Act Signed into Law

Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle signed the Health Youth Act into law, mandating that all sex ed classes be medically-accurate, evidence-based, and age-appropriate

“This is truly a historic moment in Wisconsin, because today’s signing takes place after ten years of advocacy for reform,” said Teri Huyck, President of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin in a press release. “With high teen birth rates and exploding STD rates throughout the state, it’s about time lawmakers took action to halt the public health crisis facing Wisconsin.  We applaud the Governor and all members of the Legislature who took action to pass this legislation, especially the bill’s cosponsors Senator Lena Taylor and Representative Tamara Grigsby.”



What Makes Lena Taylor Run?

Milwaukee County Exec candidate returns to her roots

If state Sen. Lena Taylor was tired at the end of a long day that included tending to a young son, working in the state Senate, the umpteenth campaign debate with Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker and preparing for the next forum, to be held at 7:30 the following morning, it didn’t show.

In fact, she was ready to join a lively church service that was being held at the site of last Thursday’s event, Faith United Church of Christ, on the city’s Northwest Side. Since that wasn’t possible, she instead chatted with a member of the Capitol West Neighborhood Association about the group’s upcoming spring cleanup, and promised to publicize the event on her legislative update and help out after the April 1 election. And then she zoomed off to her campaign headquarters, housed in her former law offices, before being able to return home to 8-year-old Isaiah, read her Bible and get some sleep.

Taylor’s days balancing single motherhood, legislative work and her campaign for Milwaukee County executive are extraordinarily long and eventful. (“She’s the hardest-working candidate I’ve ever seen,” her longtime friend and adviser Les Johns said.)

Yet despite the never-ending demands, reports from the campaign trail show that she’s passionate and energetic and definitely not afraid to take on Walker’s record—even while sitting next to him at the same table. “On any of the issues that exist in our county—transit, parks, unemployment, education, corrections—where was the leadership from the county executive?” Taylor asked the debate crowd. “You need someone who will think out of the box, who will seek out innovative ideas. You need someone who is determined, no matter how hard it is, to make it work.”



Wisconsin Passes First State Law Requiring Independent Investigation of Police-Custody Deaths

The law, co-authored by Senator Lena Taylor, requires deaths in police custody to be investigated by outside organizations

When police kill, should they be the ones responsible for investigating and judging themselves? This is the question Michael Bell has been asking officials in Wisconsin ever since his 21-year-old son, who was named after him, was fatally shot by Kenosha police in front of the son's mother and sister in 2004…



State Sen. Taylor Calls for Special Session on Juvenile Corrections

Calling it a "juvenile corrections crisis," State Senator Lena Taylor called on Governor Scott Walker to call a special session to address two bills and provide emergency funding for the juvenile justice system.

Taylor joined us live on the CBS 58 News at Four to talk about the need for action. 

Senate Bill 803 would prohibit solitary confinement for juveniles. "Solitary confinement has been shown to not be effective and more importantly we should be concerned when we are doing it to juveniles, especially when it is based on staffing levels," Sen. Taylor said. 

Senate Bill 804 would transfer the Division of Juvenile Corrections away from the Department of Corrections over to the Department of Children and Families. 

Taylor is also calling for money to stop overcrowding at the Milwaukee County Juvenile Detention Center, which she says is a direct result of the investigation into allegations of mistreatment at the state's Lincoln Hills facility. "I can't give a specific on how much (funding) we are speaking about... there are some specific issues that are inhumane that we need to address," Sen. Taylor said…


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