State Senator Van Wanggaard's eNewsletter 2016
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Saving Tax Dollars and Patients Time and Money

Two bills to protect taxpayers and streamline care for patients were signed into law this week. A big part of serving as your Senator is being a good steward of state funds and I was proud to author these bills to save hardworking Wisconsinites some time and money.

Some of you may have read in the news earlier this year that Milwaukee County was considering issuing its own photo IDs to residents. The County claimed this would help those who say they cannot get an ID, such as illegal immigrants or homeless residents. However, having a county or city issue its own IDs brings up a host of problems for Wisconsin including creating confusion and wasting taxpayer dollars. After all, you don't see multiple social security cards, because these are important documents that hold real value. Having multiple IDs issued by multiple government entities would not only create confusion for law enforcement officers and government agencies, but could open the door to misuse and fraud (including voter fraud).

To address this problem, and ensure taxpayers statewide weren't on the hook for these IDs, I authored Senate Bill 533, which would prohibit a county or town from issuing a photo ID. We have one ID in our state for a reason, and this bill ensures that the integrity of our system is upheld. 

This week, Assembly Bill 549 was also signed into law. This bill allows physical therapists who are licensed in Wisconsin to order X-rays, which will save patients time and money, ensure prompt treatment and avoid a needless referral to another medical provider. Glad that we could streamline this system, remove red tape and help save people time and money.


Norway Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, April 27, I had the honor of attending the Town of Norway's Annual Meeting. The meeting offered a nice exchange between residents, budget officials, and elected officials. The board is doing a fine job as usual, and the town is in excellent financial condition because of their strong conservative principles. We also heard about a lot of neat projects and events going on this summer. Check out their website to make sure you don't miss the fun!  

Free Walk-in Legal Clinics

The Milwaukee Bar Association is offering free walk-in legal clinics in honor of Law Day 2016 on Saturday, April 30th from 10 am - 2 pm. There will be four locations throughout Milwaukee offering free one-on-one meetings to the public with volunteer attorneys. Click here to view locations and get more information about this helpful event.

If you miss the legal clinic, the Bar Association also offers a free Lawyer Referral & Information Service that provides pre-screened, qualified attorneys in every area of law. Every panel attorney offers the initial half hour consult at no more than $20. You can also get a referral anytime at their website.
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21st Senate District 

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

Cty Exec Listening Session
Waterford Town Hall
Wednesday, May 4, 4-6 pm

Racine Zoo
Sunday, April 29

Healthy Kids Day
Kenosha YMCA
April 30

Loyalty Day Celebration
Parade begins at
Prairie Spring Park
Saturday, April 30, 11:30 am

Dino Digs
Dinosaur Discovery Museum
Every Sat and Sun 

If you would like to add an event to the Local Events calendar, please send information to: Colleen.Moran@legis.wi.gov
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