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This week, Senator Jennifer Shilling announced that she will not be seeking re-election. Senator Shilling is an amazing talent and has worked tirelessly for our caucus and our state.

She is joining my colleagues Senator Risser, Senator Miller, Senator Hansen, and my JFC colleague Representative Taylor in retiring. I am thankful to them all. 

You can read Senator Shillings announcement here. 

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27

 

Reminder - Protect yourself and those around you. Follow CDC and DHS guidelines to stay safe. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are able.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 

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 

Disaster Distress Hotline 

Veterans Crisis Line 


Governor Evers calls for Special Session to Take Up Changes for the Spring Election

The Governor is calling on the Legislature to meet in Special Session on Sat., April 4, 2020 at 4 p.m. to take up changes to the upcoming spring election. Governor Evers is urging the Legislature to take up legislation allowing an all-mail election, to send a ballot to every registered voter who has not already requested one by May 19, and to extend the time for those ballots to be received to May 26.

I'll be ready to go tomorrow at 4:00 pm for the Special Session. 

See Executive order Here. 

Federal Court Order Affects Spring Election – 

Judge William Conley of the Western District of Wisconsin federal court has issued an order related to absentee ballots for next week’s Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary.  The Court ordered the following:

1)    The deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots is extended to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020.  The Court specifically did not add a requirement for a postmarked-by deadline as long as the ballot is returned by the new deadline.

2)    The deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests by mail, fax or email (and if deemed administratively feasible in the sole discretion of the WEC Administrator, online) is extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.  

3)    A witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides a written affirmation or other statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid.

Visit MyVote.WI.Gov to learn more! 

 

 

COVID-19 Scam Alerts

From DATCP - Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the Coronavirus by setting up websites to sell bogus products, and using fake emails, texts, and social media posts as a ruse to take your money and get access to your personal information.

Even emails and posts that seem to be promoting awareness and prevention tips may contain dangerous links. Emails asking you to donate to victims, making false health claims, promoting sensationalized news, or offering advice on unproven treatments, may contain malicious attachments.​​

Learn more about Scam Alerts here. 

  

Fighting rumors and misinformation-here's what you need to know about the Wisconsin National Guard's role in the COVID-19 response

There are many rumors swirling around our great state about the Wisconsin National Guard mobilizing to enforce statewide quarantines, or quarantines in specific cities. Some rumors have reported seeing Guard troops staging vehicles and equipment at public locations in the Milwaukee area. Other rumors suggest a military-enforced shutdown of healthcare facilities or other critical infrastructure. These rumors are patently false.

Some have also reported seeing large trainloads of military vehicles moving through Wisconsin claiming the Guard is moving vehicles into place to enforce quarantines. Again, these rumors are patently false. These are not Wisconsin National Guard vehicles or trainloads, and sightings of military vehicles on train cars are a common site in Wisconsin, where large manufacturers produce military vehicles and ship them to military units around the country on a regular basis, or where units training at our state’s military installations sometimes rail load equipment to and from Wisconsin for exercises and regularly scheduled training events. These regular movements have nothing to do with COVID-19 or the state’s response to it.

Learn more.  

 


 

 

Looking for additional resources? I have added a tab to my website title "COVID-19 Updates," where I have been compiling helpful resources and information. The page is updated frequently with new information. 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. 

 

 


 

 Governor Evers Emergency Orders 

 

4/2/2020: Emergency Order #19: Appropriate Use Of COVID-19 Information by Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, and Public Safety Worker
3/30/2020: Emergency Order #18: Department of Children and Families Administrative Rule Suspensions 
3/27/2020: Emergency Order #17: DNR Administrative Rule Suspension
3/27/2020: Emergency Order #16: Relating to Certain Health Care Providers and DSPS Credentialing 
3/27/2020: Emergency Order #15: Temporary Bans on Evictions and Foreclosures 
3/27/2020: Emergency Order #14: Extending the DOT Permits to Assist with Grocery Supply Efforts 
3/26/2020: Emergency Order #13: Minor Work Permits 
3/24/2020: Emergency Order #12: Safer at Home 

 

 

What Can I Do to Help 

 

PPE Donation/Buyback program: We are looking for companies, educational facilities and other organizations that may have personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be used in the state’s response to the COVID-19 emergency.

The state appreciates donations, and is willing to reimburse large quantities of PPE at fair market value. Please fill out the below form if you have the specific items listed below. If you have less than 50 items of any of the below items, please consider donating to local health care organizations. Sign up here: https://covid19supplies.wi.gov/donations

Update from Department of Children and Families (DCF): DCF is seeking early childhood educators to help provide child care and meet the school-age needs of Wisconsin’s essential personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are an educator who is able to serve, we’re seeking your help in providing care to Wisconsin’s essential personnel. Please fill out this survey with your information and availability so we can connect you with local service needs. By filling out this survey, you may be considered to assist in providing child care for individuals who provide essential services in Wisconsin. 

Hope House - Hope House of South Central Services can be accessed by calling the 24-hour helpline at 1-800-584-6790. The Hope House team will not be attending community meetings or trainings in an effort to prevent the illness from entering the building.

During this challenging time, Hope House would appreciate donations to help us continue to support those in need, including:

• Toiletries
• Cleaning Supplies
• Hygiene supplies
• Canned and Boxed Foods

United Way - To connect potential volunteers and organizations, the United Way of Wisconsin, Serve Wisconsin, and the Wisconsin Volunteer Coordinators Association created the COVID-19 Response Initiative on the Volunteer Wisconsin website.

Red Cross - the Red Cross is experiencing blood drive cancellations like no other time in recent history and their inventory is at critical levels. Their sites are taking extra precautions to make sure giving blood is safe. If healthy, please consider giving blood by calling 1-800-RedCross or going to redcrossblood.org.

WRA - Establishments around the state are offering services during COVID-19. Find a list of restaurants open for delivery/pick-up and add yours to the list here.

WI Elections Commission - Wisconsin is looking for citizens to serve as poll workers for the April 7, 2020 election.  

To be a poll worker, a person must:

Be a qualified elector of the county in which the municipality is located (i.e., an adult citizen of the United States who has resided in the election district for 10 consecutive days and is not otherwise disqualified to vote)

Be able to read and write fluently in the English language

NOT be a candidate for any office to be voted on at the polling place at that election.

Learn more here. 


Wisconsin Historical Society: COVID-19 Journaling Project

The Wisconsin Historical Society has long been a leader in documenting history as it happens, dating back to the Civil War when Founding Director Lyman Draper asked soldiers stationed at Camp Randall to record their daily lives in journals. You can help write a new chapter in history, chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic's impact on Wisconsin and beyond. You can share your story with future generations, learn more here. 
 

City of Middleton: Location and Hours of Polling Place

At the Spring Election and Presidential Preference Vote to be held on April 7, 2020, in the City of Middleton, the following polling place location will be used for the wards indicated:

Location: Kromrey Middleton School, 7009 Donna Drive (All Wards 1-22)

Voters are asked to enter in Door 5.  Parking is available in the lot accessed by Donna Drive or on the street.

ALL POLLING PLACES WILL OPEN AT 7:00 A.M. AND WILL CLOSE AT 8:00 P.M.

If you have any questions concerning your polling place, contact the municipal clerk.

All polling places are accessible to elderly and disabled voters.

Notice of Meeting of the Local and Municipal Board of Canvassers

Pursuant to the provisions of Wis. Stat. § 19.84, the municipal board of canvassers will meet on the day after the election at City Hall at 9:00 a.m. to certify the results of the municipal election and make the official determination of the winners, pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§7.51 and 7.53(1). This meeting will be open to the public pursuant to Wis. Stat. §§ 19.81-89.

 

DATCP Advocates for Dairy Industry Amid Milk Disposal Concerns

At the direction of Governor Tony Evers, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to step in and support the dairy industry amid concerns about milk disposal during the COVID-19 public health emergency.​

The letter requests that USDA purchase surplus commodities for redistribution to food banks, nutrition assistance programs, and other sources in an effort to divert Wisconsin's nutritious commodities to Americans who need them. Additionally, DATCP asks USDA to re-open the enrollment of the Dairy Margin Coverage program.

DATCP's Farm Center is available to provide resources to Wisconsin farmers and their families in need of assistance. The Farm Center hotline can be reached at 1-800-942-2474 or FarmCenter@wisconsin.gov.

Learn more. 

 

 

Contacting My Office

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