State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2016
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"Alicia's Law" Offers Protection to Child Victims

It was a big step forward in the fight against sexual predators this week, when Governor Walker signed "Alicia's Law," or Senate Bill 546, into law. I am blessed to work on a lot of important bills during my time in office, but I can honestly say I believe Alicia's Law is the most critical.

It is almost impossible to believe, but in 2008, 7,000 unique Wisconsin computers were used to access crime scene recordings of the rape and torture of children under the age of 12. Research shows that more than half of child pornography possessors are hands-on offenders with local victims. This is sickening, and we must do everything we can to prevent these heinous crimes. I have lost sleep over this problem as we fought to pass this legislation, and I don't know how a decent person could not be deeply troubled that this is a real problem in our state.

Alicia's Law, which I authored with Rep. Joel Kleefisch, streamlines the process of finding child sex predators and putting these monsters behind bars. The bill also provides $1 million in new funding to give investigators the necessary tools to find and rescue children who are victims of these horrendous crimes. 

Alicia's Law is named after Alicia Kozakiewicz (picture above), who at the age of 13, was kidnapped by an online "friend" taken to another state, and chained in a basement for four days before being rescued by FBI agents. This brave young woman is now a powerful advocate for others, and  it was an honor to have Alicia attend the signing of the bill that bears her name. I am grateful that thanks to Alicia's extraordinary bravery and the hard work of all who worked on this critical bill, we can put more predators behind bars where they belong, and save Wisconsin children from unthinkable harm. 

In the Capitol

On Tuesday, April 19, I had the honor of speaking at the 101st annual commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. This important event commemorates the Ottoman Turkish government's attempt to rid Ottoman Turkey of their Armenian population. The Armenian Genocide lasted from 1915-1923 and resulted in the deaths of 1,500,000 Armenians. 
On Wednesday, April 20, Wilmot Union High School participated in Project Lead the Way in the Capitol Rotunda. The students presented their impressive work on medical innovations. Thank you for sharing your hard work. Fine job, Wilmot!

CAP Annual Conference

On Saturday, April 16, I was pleased to attend the Civil Air Patrol's Annual Wing Conference. At the conference I was honored to present former Wing Commander Colonel Larry Stys with an award recognizing him for 50 years of service to the Civil Air Patrol. Thank you for your service and dedication, Colonel Stys!
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21st Senate District 

Wisconsin State Capitol 
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, Wisconsin 53707
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Local Events

Get Behind the Arts Tour
April 22 - 24

Dairy State Cheese
& Beer Festival
The Brat Shop, Kenosha
Saturday, April 23, 1-5 pm

Celebrate Earth Day
Gateway Technical College
Saturday, April 23, 10 am -2 pm

Siena Retreat Center's 
Annual Spring Concert
Siena Retreat Center, Racine
Sunday, April 24

Racine Symphony Orchestra
"Rising Stars"
Racine Theatre Guild
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 pm

Dino Digs
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Every Sat and Sun 

Celebrate Jazz
Fusion, Kenosha
April 13 - 30

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