Week of Dec. 24th - Dec. 30th
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.
I would like to share with you my 2017 report card. This report card is
not only a way to hold me accountable, it's also an opportunity for me to
review and improve on my own work. I hope you enjoy and find this report
card a helpful tool.
Senator, I truly believe in public service. If there is anything my
office can do to assist you, please feel free to contact us.
2017 Report Card | Senator
11 Bills Signed into Law
Trafficking Prevention (Acts 128, 129, 131)
Literacy in Schools (Act 94)
∑ DOC Work
Release Expansion to County and Tribal Jails (Act 89)
Teaching License (Act 106)
Prize Promotions (Act 72)
and Barbering Licensing (Acts 81 and 82)
Diets (Act 101)
Sponsored Accountability for Special Needs Scholarship and Parental
Choice Programs (Act 36)
With 11 bills signed into law, 2017
was Senator Lena Taylor's third most productive year in terms of legislation
passed since becoming State Senator in 2004. This is especially
impressive as a member of the minority party in the legislature.
Doing the Work
Bills Enacted into Law
During the budget, Lena authored and co-introduced 81 of the 186 budget motions (43.5%) put forth by the 16
member budget committee.
Providing the 4thís Voice
Held and Attended
Agriculture, Small Biz, and
Judiciary and Public Safety
Joint Legislative Council
Joint Review Committee on Criminal
Law Revision Committee
Agriculture (since committee appointment in 2013)
∑ LOVE and
FAITH Wealth and Health Model
Justice Bill of Rights Package
Enhancement and Voter Rights Package
Safety and Violence Reduction Package
of incarcerated women in labor (5-0 Judiciary vote, bipartisan bill)
development and economic inclusion
∑ Law enforcement
accountability with permanent employment file
school and church visits
15 listening, coffee, and town hall sessions
338 community and policy meetings
236 community events and speeches
guest columns published
social media posts
legislative e-updates provided over 40 weeks
interns serving this session
constituent contacts and casework addressed
incarcerated individuals assisted
For the constituents who have contacted me, my office and I have been able to help address
landlord-tenant issues, assist in navigating state agencies such as the
Department of Revenue and the Department of Safety and Professional
Services, connect individuals to local and state services, and more.
Service Snapshot: In the weeks after
Hurricane Maria, an incarcerated individual wrote my office to check if
his father in Puerto Rico was safe, as he had been unable to reach him
from the correctional facility. My team, including a Spanish-fluent
intern, was able to call the man's father and speak with him. We then
updated the individual that his father was safe.
The road ahead
This past year has been both exciting and hectic.
At times, I have been invigorated about our possibilities for progress.
At times, I have been frustrated by the politics as usual atmosphere that
exists in the Capitol.
At the end of the day though, I am always honored
to serve my constituents and the state of Wisconsin. We have a very proud
progressive tradition in this state that is most certainly worth
As we move ahead, I look forward to putting your
issues front and center and shining a light on the political process for
all Wisconsinites. In the coming year, I will continue to be a champion
for improving education, reforming our health care system, protecting
rights, promoting justice, defending fairness, and opening up government
to all people, not just the special interests. I hope you will join with
me in this journey, and always feel free to give your input and advice.
Together we can secure a bright future for all of Wisconsin.
HERE TO SERVE means that I must be available to you!
In addition to my legislative and community work, I provide a variety of services
through my office.
As a state senator, I have the opportunity to honor
extraordinary members of our community. I believe it is very important to
recognize those who have made a positive contribution to our community.
That is why I am happy to present constituents with a legislative
citation to honor their public service efforts or a special achievement.
If you would like to request a citation for someone, please contact me.
Both American flags and Wisconsin flags are available
for purchase. Both flags are made of durable nylon and are 3 feet by 5
feet in size.
Please contact my
office of you would like to receive a Wisconsin State highway map, a
Living Will, or a Blue Book (limited supply).
I am happy to help you with problems with state agencies or local
governments or in helping resolve other issues. Many times these
correspondences inform my actions in the legislature and can even become
the driving force behind new legislative proposals.
Madison, Wisconsin is home to the most beautiful and scenic state
Capitol in the nation. If you would like to visit, free tours are
given daily from 9:00-11:00am and 1:00-4:00pm.