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This week, the Senate held a session and was scheduled for a special session to address gun violence in Wisconsin.

During session on Tuesday, and in the first time in modern Wisconsin history, Republicans rejected a highly qualified secretary, Secretary Pfaff from the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP). Throughout his life and since his nomination, he has proven himself as a tireless advocate for farmers in a time that our farm industry needs it the most. Small family farmers are struggling and the last thing they need is more uncertainty and political games.

Additionally, instead of listening to the will of the people, Republicans used the special session as an opportunity to make a bipartisan issue divisive and political. 80% of Wisconsinites agree that we need stronger gun safety legislation, including a vast majority of gun owners. Instead of even allowing for a debate on the issue, Republicans chose to hide from their constituents. 

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27

UPDATES

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 healthcare.gov and learn more about their health coverage options.

 

 

Verona TID Bill Passes both Houses

I was happy to see Senate Bill 269 (SB 269) pass the Assembly yesterday. My colleagues and I introduced this bill to address an inadvertent accounting error that added $56 million to the value of Tax Increment Financing Districts (TID) in the City of Verona reported to the Department of Revenue (DOR). This will allow property taxpayers to be reimbursed and will promote fairness for Verona individuals and families. 

 

Bill Honoring Wisconsin Hero, Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Passes Senate

Assembly Bill 77 (AB 77) designates and marks STH 33 in Columbia County as the Staff Sergeant Daniel D. Busch Memorial Highway, authored by myself and Representative Considine.

The bill honors the service and heroism of a young veteran who gave his life for his country. Staff Sergeant Busch was a U.S. Army Ranger and member of the U.S. Army Special Operations Delta Force. He was a posthumously awarded the Silver Star Medal for gallantry in action against a hostile enemy force on October 3, 1993 for his actions while serving as a Task Force Ranger in Mogadishu, Somalia.

During the operation, the helicopter that he was in was shot down by enemy fire. He immediately exited the aircraft, took control of a key intersection, and provided suppressive fire against overwhelming enemy forces. In the course of these heroic actions, he received his fatal wound while ensuring the survival of his fellow team members. He is a hero not only to his fellow Task Force Rangers, but to his wife, child, and mourning community.

 

Three Lanes will Open Each Way on Verona Road 

TRAFFIC UPDATE: By Monday morning (Nov. 11), three lanes will open each way on Verona Road with travel under Williamsburg Way and over County PD.

Be alert for new lane configurations and overheard signs for interchange ramps to/from the local roadways.

Learn more. 

 

Gov. Evers Announces Theme for 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree

 

Gov. Tony Evers has announced the theme for the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree. Each year, students from around the state are invited to make ornaments to hang on the holiday tree that is displayed in the Rotunda of the Wisconsin State Capitol. In a letter to teachers across the state, Gov. Evers announced the theme for this year is “Celebrate Science.”

Additional information and instructions regarding the 2019 State Capitol Holiday Tree can be found here.

 

Legislative Priority Highlight - Justice Reform

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Community Programs and Announcements 

Update from DATCP: 

Hemp License Applications, Registration Open for 2020 Season

 

Hemp licensing applications and registrations are available for the 2020 Wisconsin growing season starting Nov. 1, 2019. The deadline for current licensees to renew their registration is March 1, 2020. New licensees can apply at any time during the year.

Read more. 

 

Hunters and Firewood: Buy It Where You Burn It

Hardwood firewood cannot be carried legally from counties quarantined for gypsy moth to non-quarantined areas. Fifty counties in Wisconsin are quarantined for gypsy moth. A map showing the quarantined counties is available online at https://datcp.wi.gov/Documents/GMQuarantineMap.pdf

Read more. 

 

Updates from the DNR:

 

Updates from the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance

 
 
Contacting My Office

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