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

Bills Heard in Committee

This week, two bills that I have been working on were heard in their designated committees. The first, SB 385 is a bill that would make it easier for residents in long-term care facilities, such as elderly members of our community and individuals with developmental disabilities, to receive care and attention to their diets. This bill makes it easier for attending physicians to delegate the prescribing of a therapeutic diet to a certified dietitian for those who truly need it for their medical wellbeing. I am excited to see the advancement of such important legislation.

The second bill, AB 414, was also heard in the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. Under current law, if two individuals under the age of 18 engage in consensual sexual activity, they both may receive a felony charge. As a part of AB 414, two underage individuals who participate in such an activity may receive a misdemeanor instead of a felony, preventing these individuals from having to register as sex offenders. As a cosponsor of this bill, I believe that many young people make mistakes in having sex at a young age, but this mistake should not constitute them being labeled as a sex offender. A felony charge along with this designation is a permanent mark on their life that will have grave impacts on their future.


Las Vegas Tragedy

On Sunday, October 1st a tragedy struck our nation in Las Vegas. What was supposed to be a fun night of country music became the scene of yet another mass shooting in our country. The horrific event resulted in 58 people losing their lives and 489 people injured. This devastating event shows that our nation is in need of sensible gun ownership laws and more education. I continue to fight for training, safety and accountability in our state. With the addition of Las Vegas to a list that includes the Pulse Nightclub in Florida, Virginia Tech and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, hundreds of innocent lives have unnecessarily been lost in a mere 10 years. This devastating day reminds me why I have introduced my Gun Safety and Accountability package, a series of 4 bills aimed at educating gun owners about firearm risks and increasing their liability for damages caused by their firearms. Massacres like the event in Las Vegas remind us not only of how precious life is, but also of the continued need to work together to create a safer community for all.

Supreme Court Gerrymandering

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Gill v. Whitford case concerning the extreme partisan gerrymandering within Wisconsin. In the 2012 Wisconsin election, Republicans, despite gaining less than half of all of the votes cast, won 5 out of the 8 seats that were up for reelection, largely due to the unfair redistricting of Wisconsin's electoral map in 2011. Last year, the Federal Court ruled against the state's current map, stating that it unfairly weakened the vote for Wisconsin residents. This deliberate effort of some legislators to save their seats in Madison has been damaging to our democracy. To address these concerns, I have thus introduced 3 bills as a part of the Democracy Enhancement and Protection Package to protect the voting rights of all individuals. This set of bills helps to ensure that those who can vote have the opportunity to do so. Unbiased access to the ballot box is vital to a true democracy in which all citizens have the chance to be involved. It is my hope that this set of bills will allow individuals to exercise their constitutional right of participation in the democratic process.

Scholarships for Domestic Abuse Victims

The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Every year, approximately 7 million women are raped or abused by their current or former intimate partner. These victims, including men, women and children, suffer silently and stay with their partners out of fear for their own lives. Survivors of such abuse have many options, including domestic abuse shelters, counseling and a variety of hotlines to receive support. We all need to work to make sure that these survivors are aware of and can access these life-saving resources.

Multiple organizations offer scholarships to survivors. These scholarships, like the one offered by the Liz Claiborne Foundation, intended to help battered women receive higher education, provide victims with the tools necessary to create a better life for them and their families. Please note, though, that each organization has specific requirements that applicants must meet before they can apply. For more information regarding such scholarships, please visit here.

Urban Ag and Manufacturing Day

Friday is Urban Ag & Manufacturing Day. These two sectors of our state have been important to the growth and development of economic opportunity and community building. In 2010, community agriculture programs trained an estimated 35,000 individuals in farming practices, sustainable agriculture, business management and marketing. In the same year, community food programs funded by the USDA attributed to 2,300 direct jobs and 3,600 micro-businesses. Urban agriculture and manufacturing provides opportunities for long-term, sustainable employment, particularly for returning citizens, some of whom have opportunities to learn agricultural and horticultural skills while incarcerated. Urban Ag & Manufacturing Day recognizes the hard work of local farmers to bring fresh food to their neighbors in cities across the country. While 23.5 million Americans live in a food desert, this is increasingly important. The centralized nature of urban agriculture and manufacturing can also create community hubs through developed or renovated green spaces, orchards, and building locations. Not only can these hubs bring communities together, they can create opportunities for workforce development, provide relief for households located in food deserts, and jumpstart entrepreneurship activity in our state.

HBCU College Fair

This Saturday my office is co-hosting the HBCU College Fair at Vincent High School (7501 N. Granville Rd, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53224) from 10 am to 3 pm. Come join us and check out the 75 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tribal Colleges that will be in attendance. Representatives from these colleges and universities will be present to answer questions for perspective applicants and parents. In addition to booths for each of the colleges, there will also be opportunities for FAFSA information and help provided by the College Access Center, as well as scholarship information. Panel discussions and pre-college programs will also be offered throughout the day.





Events and Opportunities







Family Fishing Adventure


Saturday, Oct. 7


Urban Ecology Center

1500 E Park Place,

Milwaukee WI

Come have some fun with the whole family!

More info here.










Space Day

Saturday, Oct. 7


EAA Aviation Museum

3000 Poberezny Rd,

Oshkosh, WI

This event is outta this world!

More info here.










College Goal WI

Monday, Oct. 9


James Madison Academic Campus

MPS College and Career Center

8135 W Florist Ave.

Milwaukee, WI

Get help with your FAFSA!

More info here.












Fundraiser for Cuba After Irma

Sunday, Oct. 8


The Coffee House

19th St. and Wisconsin Ave,

Milwaukee WI

Come and experience some Latin music and culture!

More info here.







 Quote of the Week:

"It takes a lot of skill to be able to grow food sustainably. Its an art form. We need to raise agriculture up to another different level like they do in Europe where farmers are on the same level as engineers and doctors… because the food that we eat is the most important thing in our lives."

-Will Allen, Urban Farmer Growing Power, Milwaukee, WI

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