USO, Notice Publication Bills Pass the Assembly

February will be USO Month

 

Madison – Two bills authored by State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point) were passed by the Wisconsin Assembly today, including a resolution, that previously passed the Senate, which declares February, 2016 USO Wisconsin Month. 

This February marks the 75th anniversary of the founding of the United Service Organizations, which provides food, entertainment, and support services to military personnel and their families, both at home and abroad.

            “Often when we think of the USO, we remember Bob Hope and other celebrities entertaining our troops overseas,” Sen. Lassa said. “The USO still provides food and entertainment to troops, but today it provides a range of other services as well, including preparing new recruits for military life, providing communication services to troops in the field, helping returning veterans transition to civilian life, supporting wounded veterans, and comforting the families of fallen soldiers. That is why I am proud that we can honor the work of this fine organization by declaring February 2016 as USO Wisconsin Month.”

The second bill to pass the Assembly today standardizes the deadline by which municipal clerks must publish notice of official budget actions in local newspapers.  Current statutes contain various notice requirements and have not been updated in decades.

“After working in collaboration with local officials, we believe this legislation provides local governments with a suitable and uniform window to publish any action taken by their governing bodies while also ensuring the public is notified within an appropriate amount of time,” Sen Lassa said.

“I am pleased both of these proposals have received bipartisan support,” Sen. Lassa said.