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This week's newsletter touches on a wide range of topics, from Governor Evers' executive order calling for a special session of the legislature in November, to how you can obtain a copy of the newest Wisconsin Blue Book, to safety tips you should know before you head out for trick-or-treating.

I hope you and your loved ones have an enjoyable, safe Halloween!

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27

UPDATES

Governor Evers Calls Special Session to Address Gun Violence

On Monday, Governor Tony Evers signed an executive order calling a special session for November on legislation to address both universal background checks for firearms and extreme risk protection orders. Republicans have refused to take any action on this important issue, so with this announcement the Governor is sending a message that he is ready to move gun safety reform forward, and protect our communities and our state.

While the majority of gun owners are law-abiding, there are loopholes that need to be closed, and commonsense legislation that needs to be enacted to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous individuals.

Wisconsin is not free from gun violence, which is why 80% of Wisconsinites agree that it is time to enact gun safety measures. Within my own district, in Middleton, there was a workplace shooting not long ago, yet Republicans have continued to not take any action to address this epidemic. We cannot afford to continue to ignore this issue and allow innocent people to die at the hand of firearms. It is time to do what is right to protect our communities and families.

You can read Governor Evers' executive order here

2019-20 Wisconsin Blue Books Are Here!

The Wisconsin Blue Book is an excellent resource for those looking to learn about our state government. It includes biographies of elected officers and legislators, descriptions of state government agencies, statistics on everything from education to transportation, and plenty of other valuable information.

The featured article in this year's version of the Blue Book, "A Hero’s Welcome”, celebrates the centennial of the 1919 legislative session, during which lawmakers succeeded in setting aside their differences and passed landmark legislation to support the veterans of our state who had returned home after serving our country during World War I.  As you will read, the groundbreaking policies they enacted during that session one-hundred years ago would become a model for federal legislation, including the GI Bill, years later.

If you live in the 27th Senate District and would like a copy free of charge, please email me at Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wisconsin.gov. 

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 Drug Take Back Day is October 26th 

Drug Take Back Day is tomorrow (October 26th). The last Drug Take Back Day collected over 59,000 lbs of prescription medications; think we can beat the record?

Talk to the seniors in your life, and see if they have any unused medications that should be disposed of. Join us in the fight against prescription painkiller abuse and bring in your unwanted prescriptions today to a disposal site near you. If you aren't able to make it this weekend, many drug disposal boxes are open year-round.

You can find a disposal location near you here

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Legislative Priority Highlight - Safe Communities

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Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from ReadyWisconsin: 

ReadyWisconsin offers safety tips ahead of Halloween celebrations

Before you head out for trick-or-treating, ReadyWisconsin offers the following tips for Halloween:

Know when to go — Halloween falls on a Thursday this year and many communities may hold trick-or-treat times on the weekend before the holiday instead of on Oct. 31. In addition, many businesses offer special trick-or-treat events. Check local information sites or media outlets to find the official times for your area.

Never go alone — Children under the age of 12 should always have an adult with them. Children over the age of 12 should walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Trick-or-treaters should only go to well-lit homes and never accept rides from strangers.

Make yourself seen — If walking around after dark, everyone in your group should have a flashlight or light stick with them while walking. Add reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you while walking along darkened streets.

Check treats before eating — An adult should inspect all candy and other treats for tampering, choking hazards and potential allergens. Do not eat homemade treats made by strangers.

Avoid fire and safety hazards — Make sure costumes (including masks, beards and wigs) are flame resistant. Stay away from long trailing fabric to prevent falls, and wear well-fitting masks to avoid blocked vision. Use a flashlight or battery-operated candle to light jack-o-lanterns, instead of a candle.

Watch the roads — Drivers should be on the lookout for trick-or-treaters walking on roadways, medians, and curbs. Know when people will be out in your community and drive with caution when going through neighborhoods.

For safety information all year, visit ReadyWisconsin at https://readywisconsin.wi.gov 

Update from the UW-Madison Division of Extension:

Extension offers Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training for Ag Business Professionals 

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension will offer a program for agribusiness professionals to recognize and address farm stress and farmer health. The program will train agribusiness professionals in Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). The program will take place in two southern Wisconsin locations: Green County Justice Center, multi-purpose rooms, 2841 6th Street, Monroe, WI on Oct. 31, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and in Dane County at the Lyman F. Anderson Center,  5201 Fen Oak Drive Madison WI 53718 on Nov. 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Agriculture professional consultants work closely with farmers and are often in a position to recognize acute stress. Given the appropriate training and skills, they may help recognize when stress is overwhelming and could refer farmers to appropriate resources. The Question, Persuade, Refer mission is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training that can make a positive difference in the life of someone you know. QPR consists of these three skills: Question…a person about suicide, Persuade…someone to get help and, Refer…someone to the appropriate resource.

There is no cost to attend the program, however, registration is requested because each session is limited to 30 attendees.

To register for the Green County location please contact the Extension Green County office at 608-328-9440. Register for the Dane County training online at https://qprdanetraining.eventbrite.com. For help with registration contact Extension Dane County at 608-224-3700.

Updates from the DNR:

Updates from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

Events

Trick-or-Treating 

A list of dates and times for trick-or-treating in South-Central Wisconsin can be found here

Fair Maps for Wisconsin Summit
Saturday, November 9, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Register for the Summit online here

 

 

Contacting My Office

Feel free to contact me with any inquiries. Please visit my website for press releases and other Capitol updates.