Senator Smith Advocates for CWD Solutions at the National Conference of State Legislators 

MADISON, WI – Senator Jeff Smith (D-Brunswick) joins a bi-partisan group of elected officials for the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) in Nashville, TN. During this week-long conference, state legislators from around the country connect to discuss the latest research and policy initiatives. Sen. Smith is participating in numerous sessions on policy issues including criminal justice reform, voting rights and school safety.

Prior to attending the conference, Wisconsin Senate leadership appointed Sen. Smith to the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee. According to the organization, the Committee is “one of eight NCSL Standing Committees that educates Congress and federal agencies about state concerns and serves as a forum for state legislators and legislative staff to learn about and share information regarding programs and initiatives in other states.” Sen. Smith is using his position to bring attention to the growing occurrence of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Wisconsin deer populations.

Sen. Smith released the following statement regarding his participation on the NCSL Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee:

“My role on the Natural Resources & Infrastructure Committee is an incredible platform to raise greater awareness about CWD. This issue directly impacts Wisconsin and many other states – that’s why it’s so valuable to have these conversations with elected officials around the country. We must continue this dialogue to stop the spread of this harmful disease and keep our deer population healthy. Together, we can find solutions to address this growing issue on the state and federal level.”

The 31st Senate District includes all of Buffalo and Pepin counties and portions of Trempealeau, Pierce, Dunn, Eau Claire, Chippewa and Jackson counties and very small portions of Chippewa and St. Croix counties.