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We have had a busy couple of weeks in the Capitol, as Republicans on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) failed to figure out how to abide by their own laws and as a result put millions of Wisconsin tax dollars at risk. Democrats are looking into ways that we can reverse the lame duck laws and allow the Attorney General to do his job for the Wisconsinites who elected him.

Additionally, I was very happy to see that Wisconsin was approved to implement a health services initiative to provide lead abatement services in the homes of low-income children and pregnant women. After Republicans refused to provide funding to fight lead poisoning a few months ago, it is vital that the Department of Health Services (DHS) is able to move forward with protecting Wisconsinites. You can read their press release here. 

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Jon Erpenbach
Wisconsin State Senate, District 27

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 WISCONSIN HEALTH NEWS LEGISLATOR ROUNDTABLE

This week I participated in the Wisconsin Health News Legislator Roundtable. We discussed many health policy issues, including medical marijuana, dental therapists, pharmacy benefit managers, expanding Medicaid, and direct primary care. 

This fall, I plan on re-introducing a bill to allow Medical Marijuana, which 83% of Wisconsinites approve, and I have already introduced a bill to give Republicans a second chance at expanding Medicaid, which has an approval rating of 70%.

Democrats are fighting for the health care policy that the vast majority of Wisconsinites agree with, and that will continue to be the case. Wisconsinites deserve to have access to affordable, comprehensive care.

 
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DEMOCRATS FIGHT BACK AGAINST THE DYSFUNCTIONAL LAME DUCK LAWS

Democrats on the Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) introduced legislation to repeal the lame duck legislation that is standing in the way of the Attorney General doing his job. 

Republicans are unable to adhere to their own ill-thought out lame duck laws, desperately passed at the dead of the night, and they are now postponing settlements and putting hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars at risk. Wisconsin deserves better.

What can you do? Sign the petition to restore the powers of the Attorney General and let him settle cases without legislative interference.

September is Suicide Prevention Month

 September is Suicide Prevention Month and it is important that we work towards destigmatizing mental health by speaking out and raising awareness, and for the state to fund mental health care to reduce barriers and assist people who ask for help.

If you or someone you know needs help, free, confidential help is available by calling 1-800-273-8255 or texting HOPELINE to 741741.

If you’re unsure of how to reach out to a friend that’s struggling, here are some quick pointers you can use for having a conversation.


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Community Programs and Announcements 

DNR Updates:

  • With the start of the archery and crossbow season beginning on September 14th, DNR reminds hunters who harvest deer to consider having those animals tested for CWD.
  • The Groundwater Coordinating Council (GCC) has released its 2019 Report to the Legislature.  This on-line report summarizes and links to information on the GCC and agency activities related to groundwater protection and management in over the last year.
  • The Department of Natural Resources is seeking review and comment on Wisconsin's 2019 draft water management and water conservation and efficiency program through October 15, 2019. The department is also seeking comments on Wisconsin's water conservation and water use efficiency goals and objectives.

General Updates:

Congrats to Imbed Bio Sciences Inc. for joining Governor Evers on the trade mission to Japan! 

 

13th Things to do in SD 27 This Weekend! 

In a very rare occurrence, we will have a “micromoon” tonight! Having a micromoon align with a Friday the 13th full moon has not happened since 1832, and won’t happen again for at least another 500 years.

 

Here is a list of 13th Things to do in our district this weekend! 

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