Official Government Communication

Dear Friend,

There is a lot happening at the State Capitol and it is my hope that this email will help you stay in touch with your government. As your Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.

Here to serve,


Sen. Lena Taylor

4th District

SB 119 and Industrial Hemp

Since 2010, I have been part of a group of legislators looking into the potential scientific and business findings of industrial hemp as an alternative fuel and motor oil, as well as for other uses like seed and industrial hemp oil in snack foods, body care products, and food supplements. The culmination of these efforts will be voted on as Senate Bill 119 by the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Small Business and Tourism next week, Wednesday. Under this bill the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will issue licenses that authorize the growing and processing of industrial hemp (no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis). Backed by a coalition of businesses, farmers, nutritionists, and activists that understand the economic and sustainable agriculture practices industrial hemp can offer, this bill will create jobs and build positive ecological and economic benefits to the state. The road to this point has been a long one, but I am looking forward to seeing progress continue!

Senate Bills 311 & 404

This week Tuesday, I was excited by the continued progress of Senate Bill 311, which was passed in Executive Session. The bill now allows wineries to sell alcohol until midnight each day as opposed to the previous law which stated wineries were only able to sell alcohol until 9:00 pm. This stipulation took away from business profits, potential events and employment opportunities. Making this change in closing time allows for smaller businesses to compete with larger companies and we are excited to see the growth and expansion of wineries throughout Wisconsin.

Additionally, Senate Bill 404 will be presented shortly in the Revenue, Financial Institutions and Rural Issues Committee. As a co-sponsor of this bill, I have been excited to see this issue reach committee in order to waive the $130 filing fee for postsecondary students seeking to create their own limited liability company, as long as it’s formed as a business start-up. So many intelligent, young individuals wishing to make a difference in the world are currently hindered by the $130 filing fee due to financial limitations. By passing SB 404, more students will have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and continue to make a difference!


Puerto Rico Disaster Relief

More than three weeks ago, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico. Officials say nearly 84% of the island is still without electricity, 64% of  people are without drinking water and thousands are waiting in lines at gas stations and under-supplied grocery stores. Despite Puerto Rico being a territory of the US, the administration, sadly, has not given the support it gave Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey or Florida after Hurricane Irma. A recent poll showed that 54% of Americans are unaware that Puerto Rico-born individuals are United State citizens and would be 2 times more likely to help if they knew they were supporting fellow citizens. It didn't help that the administration tweeted out that our efforts cannot stay in Puerto Rico 'forever'.

In order to help in the efforts to rebuild Puerto Rico, the Latino community is coming together to host the United Latino Fundraiser hosted at St. Anthony’s High School (4807 S. 2nd Street, Milwaukee) on Saturday, October 21st and Sunday, October 22nd from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. My colleague, Representative JoCasta Zamarripa, is collecting items to aid in the effort and will take these donations to the event on behalf of those who drop off items to her office. Items that will be accepted include: clothes, shoes, batteries, blankets, non-perishable foods and hygiene products. It is our responsibility as a community to help our neighbors recover from any disaster, especially one as devastating as Hurricane Maria. We must show support for our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico.

College Goal Wisconsin & filing out FAFSA

As students across the country begin applying to college, the questions of funding always comes up. Many individuals and their families decide to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). To ease this sometimes complicated process, College Goal Wisconsin is hosting free opportunities for assistance throughout the month. Held in 33 locations around Wisconsin, these events aim to help students and families fill out FAFSA with expert support. For a student to be considered to receive grants, scholarships based on income or low-interest student loans, colleges require that students fill out the online FAFSA form. In addition to this assistance, over $30,000 in scholarships will be given out to students who participate in these rewarding events. Allowing all students the opportunity to receive higher education is a critical part in creating a brighter future for all. For more information on the closest event to you, please visit

Disability Mentoring Week

In October 2017, the Independence First Mobility Store will once again host Disability Mentoring Week. It is a program for employers to connect with students with disabilities to promote career development through hands-on, job shadowing experiences. Disability Mentoring Week 2017 will take place from October 16 through October 20. Mentors are invited to the Greater Milwaukee Area to participate in a one week mentoring session. For more information on Disability Mentoring Week please contact 414-226-8367.

In addition, the state offers aid for equipment for individuals with disabilities. The Equipment Advance Fund is a short-term way to pay for Mobility Store equipment when you do not immediately have the funds to pay for the equipment you need and do not have access to other credit to pay for it. For more information about the Equipment Advance Fund please contact 414-988-5333 or 608-243-1885. Also, if you are a Wisconsin resident who is deaf, speech impaired and in need of adapted telephone equipment- you may be able to get assistance with funding through the Telecommunications Equipment Purchase Program or (TEPP). Please see or call 414-226-8385 for more information.

International Day of the Girl Child

Wednesday, October 11th marked the annual International Day of the Girl Child. Adopted officially in 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly, this celebratory day serves to promote and recognize girls’ rights and the distinct challenges all girls around the world face. This year, the main focus will be “EmPOWER girls: Before, during, after conflict.” According to the United Nations, every 10 minutes, one girl somewhere in the world is killed due to violence, with this number of gender-based crimes against girls steadily increasing. Many girls around the world, especially those in conflict zones, are also not in school purely because of their gender. International Day of the Girl Child marks the yearlong effort to create more action and bring awareness to such challenges all girls experience.

It’s important that all our girls realize that their voices always matter and that they have the potential to have an impact on the world. It is our job as a community to not only provide, but also support all girls globally in the opportunities to make change. I strive to promote female empowerment and work with communities to enable our girls to become strong and powerful. By working together to help our girls succeed, we become one step closer to creating a world in which gender doesn’t stop an individual from having the power to take action and improve the world.





Events and Opportunities




Public School Parent/Guardian Fall Assembly


October 14th  

9:00a-1:30pm Riverfront Holiday Inn

4700 N. Port Washington Rd.

Milwaukee, WI


Learn more and register here


National Eating Disorder Association Walk


October 14th

9:00-11:00am Greenfield Park,

Milwaukee, WI


Event Details


Spokes Pumpkin for National Bullying Prevention Month


October 14th



FS Main Stage Hall, Milwaukee, WI

Learn more


School Choice, Politics and Money Tuesday,

October 17th



 NAACP Office

2745 N. Dr. MLK Dr. Milwaukee, WI


Find out more here


MPS Budget Hearing


October 24th


Milwaukee Public Schools

5225 W. Vliet St.,

Milwaukee, WI







 Quote of the Week:

"It is a spiteful act of vast, pointless sabotage leveled at working families and the middle class in every corner of America."

-Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York & Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California in response to the Administration's plan to scrap healthcare subsidies

This is an official government communication from Sen. Lena C. Taylor. If you no longer wish to receive these emails, click here to send me an email to unsubscribe.

Stay in touch: