October 13, 2011



Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or opinions you might have.

Office Phone: (608) 266-7505
Toll-free Phone: (800) 361-5487



Mailing Address:

State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707


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Supporting our neighbors and being involved in our community is of the utmost importance. Some community events that might be of interest to you and your family are listed below. 


American Heart Association Heart Walk

October 16 at 9 a.m.

Walk for a good cause by participating in the American Heart Association's Annual Milwaukee Heart Walk. There will be 1-mile and 3-mile routes available to walk. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and the opening ceremonies will start at 10 a.m. This event will also feature live music, free food and drinks, health screenings and pay tribute to those affected by heart disease and stroke. Money raised for the event will go to the American Heart Association, which helps save lives of children, adults and seniors from two of our most common killers - heart disease and stroke. For more information or to register for the walk, please CLICK HERE.


Veterans Park (MAP)
1010 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53202



Harvest Tasting

October 21 from 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Help raise funds for the Cudahy Family Library by enjoying an evening of distinguished wines, craft beers, specialty soft drinks and delicious hors d’oeuvres. Entertainment will also be supplied by
Milwaukee’s own comedian and radio show host Jane Matenaer. Tickets are on sale now at the Cudahy Family Library. Please CLICK HERE for more information.


Cudahy Family Library (MAP)
3500 Library Drive

Cudahy, WI 53110

(414) 769-2244


Fall Gallery Night and Day October 21 and 22
Presented by the Historic Third Ward Association, Gallery Night and Day is the premier art event in Milwaukee. An evening of gallery hopping and art viewing begins Friday, October 21 and continues during the day on Saturday, October 22. This fall, the quarterly event showcases 61 venues throughout the downtown Milwaukee area. Admission is free to all venues during event hours listed below. CLICK HERE for more information, including a list of participating venues.


Milwaukee Public Museum Volunteer Fair
October 22 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Learn more about available volunteer positions at the Milwaukee Public Museum by stopping by their volunteer fair. Find positions that match your skills and fit your schedule. You will also have the opportunity to take a personalized tour of the museum, view volunteer areas, and talk with staff and established volunteers. RSVP before October 19 by CLICKING HERE or by calling (414) 278-6149. For more information about the event, please CLICK HERE.


Milwaukee Public Museum (MAP)
800 W. Wells Street
Milwaukee, WI 53233
























































































































































































































































Dear Friend,

Republicans have been increasingly attacking our seniors and youth. This week's report will look at what can be done to keep these neighbors safe and protected.


Chris Larson
State Senator, District 7




Keeping Wisconsin's Young Adults Informed

Senate Republicans have been circulating legislation to overturn Wisconsin's Healthy Youth Act. This new legislative proposal seeks to deny Wisconsin's youth vital education information regarding contraceptives and sexually transmitted disease prevention.


Wisconsinites Support Comprehensive Sex Education

Statistics show that comprehensive sex education is valued by a vast majority of Wisconsinites. According to the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, approximately 87% of Wisconsin voters support requiring comprehensive sex education instruction that includes information about both abstinence and contraception.


The medical community is also strongly supportive of human growth and development classes, such as the Healthy Youth Act. This includes well-respected, nonpartisan organizations like the American Medical Association, the American School Health Association and the Institute of Medicine.


What Makes Sex Education Classes Effective?

Effective, medically-accurate, and age-appropriate human growth and development courses should discuss and provide information on the following items:

  • Recognizing and preventing sexual abuse and dating violence

  • Understanding the physical and emotional changes of puberty and adolescence

  • Healthy relationships including family, friends and dating

  • Healthy life skills such as goal-setting, decision-making and stress management

  • How drugs and alcohol impair judgment

  • The importance of abstinence as the only certain way to prevent unintended pregnancy and STDs

  • How to prevent pregnancy and STDs through correct use of birth control methods

Healthy Youth Act Helps Our Community

The positive impact of the Healthy Youth Act on Wisconsin's young adults can be seen right here in our community. According to the Milwaukee Health Department, Milwaukee's teen birthrate has dropped dramatically for the second year in a row. From 2008 to 2009, the rate fell from 46.73 births per 1,000 teens to 41.30 births per 1,000 teens. Preliminary data released this past Tuesday show a drop to 35.68 births per 1,000 teens in 2010.

Information is Key to Success of Our Young Adults

The legislative proposal recently introduced by Governor Walker and Senate Republicans is yet another example of their attempts to keep Wisconsinites in the dark by suppressing vital information from the public. The Legislature should be focusing on ensuring that all Wisconsinites, including our young adults, have equal and adequate access to vital information on health care issues, including sexual health. I will continue doing what I can to ensure that we are providing such information to protect our citizens from preventable health issues, including sexually transmitted diseases and unintended pregnancy.



Protecting Our Senior Citizens From Abuse

I am introducing legislation in the Senate called the Senior Citizens Protection Act, which will restore legal rights to our seniors who have been victim to nursing home abuse. Such rights were recently restricted under legislation introduced and passed by Republicans earlier this year.

Current law prevents seniors who have experienced abuse at a care facility from obtaining justice in court. It limits the amount a victim can receive in damages from facilities, such as nursing homes. Current law also prohibits facts from investigative reports regarding abuse and neglect from being used as evidence in criminal cases against such care facilities.

The Senior Citizen Protection Act would restore these legal rights to victims of abuse. It would allow juries to fairly determine punitive damages against negligent actions by care facility employees and also allow investigative reports to be used as evidence in court to determine the details of abuse or neglect. In addition, the bill would protect nursing home residents from binding mandatory arbitration clauses that are often present in nursing home contracts, which waive a resident’s right to sue the facility if they are harmed or injured.

This legislation is necessary to keep Wisconsin’s seniors safe. This bill takes positive steps towards restoring the legal rights of our seniors that were cut earlier this year by Scott Walker and Republican legislators.


To view a copy of this bill, please CLICK HERE.



Maintaining Rights of Senior Voters

I am signing on in support of legislation that would protect the voting rights of Wisconsin's senior citizens. LRB 2992/2, would exempt registered voters who are 65 years of age and older from being required to show a current government-issued ID in order to vote.

This past May, Scott Walker and Republican legislators passed one of the most restrictive ID requirements on voters in the country. Many legislative offices, including mine, have been receiving calls from elderly neighbors sharing their difficulty in obtaining a state-issued ID card. These senior citizens often have not had driver’s licenses for years. When trying to obtain a state ID at the DMV office, some of these seniors have been refused due to changing their name from what is on their birth certificate, or lacking ready access to birth records.


This bill would resolve this issue for the many seniors who have voted for years, but may have barriers to do so in the future due to circumstances beyond their control. Under LRB 2992/2, the current statewide voter registration list, which already keeps voter birth date information, would be adapted to indicate all individuals over the age of 65 and mark them as exempt from the having to follow the new ID requirement recently places on Wisconsin's voters.


To view a copy of this bill, please CLICK HERE.


Milwaukee Bike Ride

Monday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to Noon

I am hosting a bike ride along with Representatives Jon Richards and Christine Sinicki, Milwaukee Common Council and County Board members, and bike enthusiasts from around Milwaukee. We will come together on Monday, October 17 from 11 a.m. to Noon to bike from the Humboldt Park Pavilion to Discovery World.

The ride will illustrate the considerable safety concerns bikers face while biking on city streets if they wish to get from Milwaukee's South Shore suburbs to Downtown or Milwaukee's Eastside neighborhoods.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently conducting a feasibility study on including a bike and pedestrian lane as part of the Hoan Bridge reconstruction. The proposed project would be the last major piece to complete a trail network, which runs from Downtown Chicago through Milwaukee and up to Sheboygan. Having a bike and pedestrian lane on the Hoan will provide our neighbors wishing to travel North and South with a direct route that is also safer for pedestrians, bikers and motor vehicles.

Representatives from the DOT, the governor’s office, Milwaukee Common Council, Milwaukee County Board and members of the press have also been invited to join the ride.

Maps of the bike route are shown below. The map on the left is the route for north of the Hoan Bridge, while the map on the right is for south of the Hoan Bridge. Click on the images to view them magnified.








Do not hesitate to contact me directly if you have questions or would like additional information.




Petition to Bike the Hoan

The Hoan Bridge is crucial to our neighbors as it is the transit artery connecting south side residents to the rest of their community, including downtown Milwaukee and the entire interstate freeway system. Expanding access to the Hoan Bridge would be a positive step forward in cementing our city’s commitment to providing multi-modal forms of public transit, while simultaneously promoting tourism and business. Play the video below to learn more.



If you would like to sign on to the petition to request that DOT create a bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge, please CLICK HERE. Feel free to encourage your family, friends and neighbors to show their support by circulating this petition throughout your community. CLICK HERE to download or print the PDF for the Petition to Bike the Hoan.


For up-to-date information about the Hoan Bridge project, please CLICK HERE to visit DOT's recently-launched Web site devoted to the project. You can also CLICK HERE to view a PDF document from DOT that outlines the Hoan Bridge rehabilitation project. This document provides additional information on the timing and scope of the project, along with contact information for the project personnel from the DOT. If you are looking for more information about the benefits of a bicycle and pedestrian lane on the Hoan Bridge feel free to visit the Bike the Hoan Web site by CLICKING HERE.


Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or thoughts you have on the Hoan Bridge project, including the proposed bicycle and pedestrian lane.




October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This month marks the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This annual event strives to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to preventative screening services.

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed among women in the U.S. in 2011. Additionally, breast cancer is expected to take the lives of just under 40,000 women living in the U.S. Such startling statistics highlight the need to educate women on preventative measures.

Below are some nutrition and physical activity guidelines provided by the American Cancer Society for cancer prevention.

Maintain a healthy weight throughout life:

  • Balance calorie intake with physical activity

  • Avoid excessive weight gain throughout life

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight if currently overweight or obese

Adopt a physically active lifestyle:

  • Adults should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity, above usual activities, on five or more days of the week; 45 to 60 minutes of intentional physical activity is preferable

  • Children and adolescents should engage in at least 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity at least five days per week

Eat a healthy diet, with an emphasis on plant sources:

  • Choose foods and drinks in amounts that help achieve and maintain a healthy weight

  • Eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits each day

  • Choose whole grains over processed (refined) grains

  • Limit intake of processed and red meats

If you drink alcoholic beverages, limit your intake:

  • Women should drink no more than one drink per day

For more information on National Breast Cancer Awareness Month or breast cancer in general, please CLICK HERE.




See You in the Neighborhood

I created a new survey that I will be distributing to neighbors asking them about various issues that are important to them, our community and our state. I have started distributing the survey door-to-door throughout our community and will continue doing so for about the next month. I will also be putting an electronic copy of the survey on my Web site shortly. To return the survey, simply fold it, tape it, and put a stamp on it.


I look forward to hearing your views on these important issues. Hope to see you in the neighborhood soon!




Know Your Voting Rights

Scott Walker and Republican legislators recently enacted some of the most restrictive ID requirements for voters in the country. While they have been working to silence Wisconsin's voters, I have been working hard to keep Wisconsin's voters informed of their rights. I have created a simple handout answering some of the most frequently asked questions surrounding Wisconsin's new voter restrictions. To view this handout please CLICK HERE or visit my Web site,




Brewers Four Games From World Series

Our Milwaukee Brewers are just a few more games away from heading to the 2011 World Series. The Brewers started the play-off season strong by beating the Arizona Razorbacks in round one. They are now facing the St. Louis Cardinals in round two, which has resulted in one win and two losses for our beloved Brewers.


I encourage you all to join me in cheering on our Milwaukee Brewers, who are only four games away from the World Series.


For more information about the Milwaukee Brewers and the Major League Baseball play-offs, please CLICK HERE.




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