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This week, Governor Tony Evers signed an Executive Order relating to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in State Government. Executive Order #59 directs all state agencies to develop and implement equity and inclusion action plans, directs the DOA to develop and provide mandatory equity and inclusion training for all state agency employees, and creates the Governor's Advisory Council on Equity and Inclusion.

I am happy to see our Governor sign this Executive Order, to help Wisconsin become more equitable and welcoming to all. By empowering everyone in our workforce, it helps our communities to thrive. 

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27


ACA Open Enrollment has Begun

Open enrollment for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has now begun. As of November 1st, Wisconsin residents and families can apply for a 2020 health plan, renew their current plan or pick a new plan through the ACA’s Health Insurance Marketplace. If you are uninsured or in need of affordable coverage visit and learn more about their health coverage options.



Legislative Priority Highlight - Hometown Success


Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from WISDOT: 

Merrimac ferry closure scheduled for November 18

The COLSAC III, commonly known as the Merrimac ferry, will complete its final crossing of the 2019 season at 9 a.m. on November 18.

The ferry, which generally runs from April to November across the Wisconsin River between Columbia and Sauk County, will be closing to begin long-term maintenance work scheduled over the winter months. The ferry will undergo repair and replacement of key mechanical components and repainting.

Ferry operations are expected to resume as usual in the spring of 2020.

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Update from DATCP: 

Organic Cost Share Application Deadline Extended

Organic food processors and producers now have until December 31, 2019 to apply for reimbursement of costs related to organic certification through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program.

Questions can be directed to or 608-224-5134.

Read more. 


Updates from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

31st Annual Holiday Fantasy in Lights Opens Olin Park 11/9/2019
Winter Wine Walk Historic Downtown Baraboo 11/22/2019
Downtown Tree Lighting Middleton City Hall 11/23/2019
Holiday Craft Market Mount Horeb High School 11/23/2019
Christmas Lights Parade Dowtown Baraboo 11/23/2019
Holiday Express Olbrich Gardens 12/7/2019
Capitol Christmas Pageant WI Capitol 12/8/2019
Contacting My Office

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