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  • Reps in the News: Call For New Gun-Control Bills; More

    Senator André Jacque A handful of Wisconsin Republicans are bringing back legislation to ban the use of aborted fetal tissue in research. The bill, authored by Sen. Jacque (R-De Pere) and Rep. Janel Brandtjen (R-Menomonee Falls) began circulating for co-sponsors Wednesday and would prohibit the use of fetal tissue obtained from abortions for research or […]

  • State News: Lame-Duck Law Causes Roadblock

    Lame-Duck Law Causes Roadblock A new state law aimed at giving GOP lawmakers more oversight of the Democratic attorney general caused a major roadblock Tuesday, leading to stalled action on a state lawsuit and clashes among lawmakers. Under a law passed during December’s lame-duck session of the state Legislature, the attorney general must receive approval […]

  • Amanda Stuck Wants Rep. Mike Gallagher’s Job

    At a listening session held at noon on Aug. 22 at Sturgeon Bay’s City Hall, state Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) made a case for her blue-collar roots and why she should represent the 8th Congressional District instead of Mike Gallagher. The listening session attracted 30 people – many familiar faces at any Democratic gathering – […]

  • Reps in the News: Birth Control, Clean Energy; More

    Representative Joel Kitchens  Rep. Kitchens testified before the Assembly Health Committee on AB 304, his bill to allow women to obtain hormonal contraceptive patches and self-administered oral hormonal contraceptives – including common birth-control pills – through a prescription from a pharmacist. Currently, women can get most of their birth control only through a prescription from […]

  • Reps in the News: WisDOT Launches Podcast

    Governor Tony Evers A new, monthly podcast series is available that discusses the state’s transportation challenges, issues and opportunities, including safety, engineering, multimodal investments and DMV topics. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) launched its first episode of “Transportation Connects Us” on Wednesday. In the new episode, Gov. Evers and WisDOT Secretary-designee Craig Thompson discuss […]

  • Reps in the News: SCHOOL Acts Address Lead in Drinking Water

    Representative Joel Kitchens Representatives Joel Kitchens and Jeremy Thiesfeldt (R-Fond du Lac) and Senators Robert Cowles (R-Green Bay) and Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon) issued the following joint statement after releasing two bills for co-sponsorship. LRBs 19-3539 and 19-3566 are collectively known as the Supporting Children’s Health by Ousting Outdated Lead Acts, or SCHOOL Acts for short: […]

  • Reps in the News: Tony Evers Signs Executive Order 36

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers on Monday signed Executive Order 36, which directs state agencies to act to prevent lead poisoning. In response, state health officials are marshaling resources and partnerships statewide to target child lead-poisoning prevention, Department of Health Services (DHS) Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced. “This issue is affecting too many of our children,” […]

  • Reps in the News: Gov. Evers Visits Appleton After Storms

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers made a surprise visit to Appleton Tuesday afternoon to tour the trail of damage left by the weekend’s severe storms. Appleton is among the areas that felt the storms’ wrath, with trees ripped from the ground, snapped power lines and street lights hanging by mere wires. “I have never seen […]

  • State News: Rep. Stuck Challenges Gallagher

    Rep. Stuck Challenging Gallagher State Rep. Amanda Stuck, a Democrat from Appleton, says she’s running for the U.S. House in northeastern Wisconsin’s 8th Congressional District, challenging Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Green Bay) for the seat. She said in a statement announcing her candidacy that she’s running because “Washington isn’t working for Wisconsin families.” In an interview […]

  • Reps in the News: Education Budget, Veterans, Immigration

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens is generally pleased with the education portion of the budget recently signed by Gov. Tony Evers, but he’s still frustrated with the governor’s decision to veto a provision that would have ensured a minimum level of state aid to all school districts. “Overall, I think this is a good education […]

  • State News: Veto Power, Farm Aid Concert; More

    GOP Proposes Limiting Governor’s Veto Power Republican state lawmakers are proposing a resolution that would limit the veto powers of Wisconsin governors after Democratic Gov. Tony Evers issued 68 partial vetoes of the state budget.  The proposal, sponsored by Sen. David Craig (R-Big Bend) and Rep. Mike Kuglitsch (R-New Berlin), would bar the governor from […]

  • House to Vote on Raise the Wage Act

    New report finds it would raise wages of 27 million workers Twenty-nine states have hourly minimum wages that are higher than the federal minimum of $7.25. Wisconsin has been stuck at $7.25 since 2009. Some municipalities have set their own minimum wages higher than state or federal wages, such as San Francisco, which, as of […]

  • Reps in the News: Foxconn Hires, Social Media Algorithms; More

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Tony Evers predicts Foxconn will continue to fall short of its hiring goals at its Mount Pleasant manufacturing facility. In an interview with CNBC that aired Tuesday, Evers said his administration now has clarity on the project. Foxconn will likely hire 1,500 people next year, compared to 1,800 under the plan […]

  • Reps in the News: State Budget, President Trump Steps into North Korea

    Governor Tony Evers The clock is officially ticking for Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers to act on the state budget after he received the two-year spending plan from the Republican-controlled Legislature on Friday. The move means Evers has until Friday, July 5, to act on the $81 billion plan, which cleared both houses of the Legislature […]

  • Reps in the News: State Budget Support, Education, Medicaid

    Representative Joel Kitchens Rep. Kitchens put his support behind the 2019-21 state budget that was passed by the Wisconsin State Assembly. “The budget approved by the Assembly and Gov. Tony Evers’ proposed budget have a lot in common in terms of the priorities for helping all our residents across the state,” Kitchens said. “I strongly […]

  • Jacque Stalls Kitchens’ Creative Economy Bill

    One of the six items that local representatives presented to elected officials during the 2019 Door-Kewaunee Legislative Days in Madison earlier this year was legislation promoting the “creative economy.” What, you ask, is a creative economy? According to an article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, it’s the “socioeconomic potential of activities that trade with […]

  • Reps in the News: Evers Establishes ‘Juneteenth,’ Johnson Introduces MILK Act

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers is recognizing Juneteenth in Wisconsin by proclaiming June 19 as Juneteenth Day across the state. Juneteenth dates back to the day in 1865 when the last slaves were informed of their freedom, effectively ending slavery in the United States. “This is a time to recognize the struggles of African Americans […]

  • Reps in the News: Trauma Act, Climate Accountability

    Congressman Mike Gallagher Rep. Gallagher, joined by Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), introduced H.R. 3180, the RISE from Trauma Act. This bipartisan bill would increase support for children and adults who have been exposed to trauma. Nationwide, nearly 35 million children have had at least one traumatic experience, and this legislation would further build the nation’s […]

  • Reps in the News: Health Insurance, Maternal CARE

    Governor Tony Evers Gov. Evers announced a new partnership Monday between his administration and groups working to get people health insurance. Flanked by members of the groups Covering Wisconsin and Kids Forward at a state Capitol news conference, Evers talked about using resources from the Office of the Insurance Commissioner and state Department of Health […]

  • Reps in the News: Cuts to Evers’ Year of Clean Drinking Water

    Governor Tony Evers Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday approved two of the five scientist positions Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed to restore science in environmental policy, but they cut millions of dollars from plans to reduce pollution from farms and industry. Under questioning by Democratic committee members, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau […]