• Jobless Rate Down
  • Legislative Update
  • Octagon House Museum Event  

Jobless Rate Hits New Low  

Good news for Wisconsin! Preliminary estimates from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show Wisconsin’s unemployment has hit a record low of 2.8% in April. This is the lowest unemployment rate our state has had since tracking began in 1976. Click here to read the press release from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.

Legislative Update 

This week the Assembly was in session and voted on several important bills including pro-life measures. AB 179 clarifies the obligations of doctors in the case that a baby survives a failed abortion attempt and is born alive, specifying that at that point the child is also a patient and should be given medical care. AB 180 involved informed consent regulations for women taking abortion inducing medication. If you click on the picture below you can hear me speak on AB 182 which would ban abortions based on race, sex or disability of a fetus, as long as the disability is considered compatible with life.

The legislature also passed an amendment to the state constitution, known as Marsy’s law, which provides victims of a crime with a certain set of rights. The amendment will be on the ballot for voters to decide on final approval next year. The bill is named after Marsy Nicholas, who was murdered by her former boyfriend in California in 1983. The ex-boyfriend confronted the victim’s family in a grocery store a week after her death, and the family was unaware he had been released on bail. The legislation does not affect the accused, but rather addresses the rights of the victim, such as their right to request notification of the proceedings, their right to be protected from the accused, and the right to be notified if the accused is released or has escaped.

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Octagon House Event

On May 19th the Watertown Historical Society will host an open house and dedication of its new Watertown History Center, named the Gladys Mollert Visitors Center. The open house will run from 1:00-3:00 P.M. Click here for more information.