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The 2021-2022 Legislative Session is officially underway! I am eager to roll up my sleeves and get to work to pass legislation that can help our state successfully navigate through this public health crisis.

Be sure to follow my Facebook and Twitter for updates and to stay in the know on what's happening in the legislature. This update includes info on State of the State, Senate Session and Wisconsin Free Fishing weekend.

I hope you find this information helpful and please don't hesitate to reach out to my office if you have any questions.

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State Senator
27th District



State of the State Address

On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers delivered the 2021 State of the State address. This has been a tumultuous year for Wisconsin families, schools, communities, and small businesses. While we have been resilient we cannot forget the individuals who have lost their lives, and the thousands of workers on the frontline that have worked so bravely throughout this crisis.
I want to commend Governor Evers for listening to science and health experts to guide our state through this pandemic, despite the constant Republican attempts to undermine those efforts.
This pandemic has exposed the critical importance for the legislature to work together with Gov. Evers to pass meaningful and comprehensive solutions. This year we must do everything in our power to ensure a robust economic recovery, healthier communities, and success for Wisconsin students.
If you missed Governor Evers' State of the State Address
you can still watch it here.


COVID-19 Legislation

The Senate convened to vote on Assembly Bill 1 relating to COVID-19 relief. While the bill is a starting point,  Republicans have refused to do their job over the last nine months while thousands of Wisconsinites have lost their lives to this virus. 

Unfortunately, Assembly Republicans have expressed their opposition for the bill and will wait a few more weeks before acting. This is simply unacceptable. Republicans are out-of-touch with how severely this pandemic is impacting our state, and their inability to govern during this crisis has shown that.

Democrats will continue to fight for meaningful and tangible solutions to help our overworked health care providers, families dealing with financial hardships, and essential workers who put their health at risk every single day.

Special Session on UI

During his State of the State Address, Governor Evers announced a Special Session to fix our state's outdated unemployment system. In 2014, an audit on the UI system found significant issues and vulnerabilities within the system. Simply put, our unemployment system isn't designed to handle the massive numbers exacerbated by the pandemic. To make matters worse, Republicans in the legislature spent the last decade passing legislation making it even harder for people to navigate and access these critical systems. 


The Governor's special session aims to make crucial investments so that the Department of Workforce Development can start immediately working toward modernizing our UI system - without having to wait months for the budget process to conclude. 


Wisconsinites deserve more than empty promises and political games. With the unprecedented circumstances that our state is still facing, the legislature should be working to alleviate some of the pressures on DWD and help them process claims faster.


Free Fun Fishing Weekend

Mark your calendars for Wisconsin Free Fishing Weekend January 16-17, 2021! This is a great opportunity to enjoy Wisconsin's winter recreation without a license or trout stamp. You can fish any body of water in the state where there is an open season but remember all other fishing regulations apply, such as limits on the number and size of fish you can keep.


Don't forget to maintain social distance from individuals you do not live with. A mask will not only keep you safe but keep you warm too!

- Resources - 

During this difficult time it is worth reminding Wisconsinites that 211 exists to help when you don’t know where to turn. 211 is a resource managed by the United Way of Wisconsin. Call 2-1-1 or visit their website.

Office of Crime Victim Services

End Abuse Wisconsin 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233, text LOVEIS to 22522, or go to for free and confidential support.

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Coping Resources for Kids and Parents Amidst COVID-19 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line 

Vets for Warriors 

Military One Source 

Resilient Wisconsin

Department of Corrections Helpline: The call center can be reached by members of the public Monday through Friday from 7:45am–4:30pm at (608) 240-5700.

Wisconsin Farm Center 

24/7 Farmer Wellness Hotline

LGBTQ Crisis Line 

HopeLine Text Service 

Wisconsin Elder Abuse Hotline 

Wisconsin Addiction Recovery Helpline 


Looking for additional resources? If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to my office at Sen.Erpenbach@Legis.WI.Gov, or call (608) 266-6670. 


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