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State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker).  Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Honoring Veterans

I recently kicked off the commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War at a ceremony with Vietnam Veterans in our State Capitol. 

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Wisconsin Conservation Congress Meetings Set for 7 PM April 8, 2013.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the 2013 Wisconsin Conservation Congress meeting is scheduled April 8, 2013, at 7:00 PM in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.  The annual Conservation Congress Meeting provides Wisconsin residents opportunity to testify the DNR, Natural Resources Board and Conservation Congress. 

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Legislative Audit Bureau Releases Financial Opinion of Universal Service Fund

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an audit of the Universal Service Fund (USF).  The Universal Service Fund is funded by telecommunication provider assessments on telephone, cell phone and internet bills.   

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Legislative Audit Bureau Releases Annual State of Wisconsin Financial and Compliance Audit

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released the annual financial and compliance audit of the State of Wisconsin for fiscal year 2011-12.  Here is a link to the LAB’s audit: 

E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

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2013 Wisconsin Conservation Congress Advisory Questions Results

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) compiled responses to the 2013 Spring Hearing questionnaire.  A total of 6,069 people attended the 2013 Wisconsin Conservation Congress county meetings Monday, April 8, 2013, at Wisconsin’s 72 counties.  Here is a link to results of the advisory questions: 

Joint Finance Committee Update

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Senate Calendar for April 17, 2013

One-Hundred and First Regular Session

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

11:30 A.M.

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Jordahl, Clarence, of Middleton, as a member of the Labor and Industry Review Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2019. 

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 13.  Relating to: the life and military service of United States Army Staff Sergeant Joseph James Altmann. 

Senate Joint Resolution 14.  Relating to: University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women's basketball team. 

Senate Joint Resolution 18.  Relating to: declaring May 2013 Youth Traffic Safety Month.

Senate Joint Resolution 19.  Relating to: the life and military service of United States Army First Lieutenant David Andrew Johnson.

Senate Joint Resolution 20.  Relating to: the life and military service of United States Army Sgt. Chester G. Stoda.

Senate Joint Resolution 21.  Relating to: the life and military service of United States Marine Corporal Michael Conrad Nolen.

Senate Joint Resolution 22.  Relating to: the life and public service of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

Senate Joint Resolution 23.  Relating to: commending Bellin Memorial Hospital for being named the nation's safest hospital.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 11.  Relating to: the Department of Transportation's initial costs of production for special registration plates supporting the Lions Clubs of Wisconsin and supporting motorcycle safety.

Senate Bill 41.  Relating to: designating and marking a specified highway route in the counties of Rock, Dane, Jefferson, Dodge, and Fond du Lac as the Rock River Trail Scenic and Historic Route.

Senate Bill 45.  Relating to: indication of veteran status on an operator's license or identification card and granting rule-making authority.

Senate Bill 62.  Relating to: proof of motor vehicle liability insurance. By

Senate Bill 67.  Relating to: the vehicle registration exemption for amphibious motor vehicles.

Senate Bill 96.  Relating to: designating and marking STH 128 as the 128th Infantry Memorial Highway.

Senate Bill 117.  Relating to: the payment of travel expenses of national guard members on state active duty.

Senate Bill 118.  Relating to: authorization for an additional deputy adjutant general in the department of military affairs.

Senate Bill 119.  Relating to: ratification of the state and province emergency management assistance compact.

Senate Bill 120.  Relating to: financial aid for service members and their immediate families and making an appropriation.

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs Public Hearing April 24, 2013



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UW Builds Coffers at the Expense of Students and Families

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau provided Joint Finance Committee Members a memo today about a $1 billion reserve account at the University of Wisconsin (UW) System containing more than $414 million dollars in surplus tuition payments.  This surplus follows recent information about the UW System overspending $32.9 million. 

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E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker).  Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.

2013 China Trade Mission

As our exciting trade mission to China comes to a close, let me give you an update on all the great things we were able to achieve for Wisconsin during our time here.  Our message for this trip is “Building Relationships Overseas, Creating Jobs at Home,” and I am happy to report we’ve taken a bold step forward in strengthening economic relations with one of the world’s largest markets and Wisconsin’s third largest export market.

On Monday, I had the honor of meeting the new president of China, Xi Jinping, during the second U.S. – China Governors Forum in Beijing.  Along with Governors Terry Branstad (IA) and Bob McDonnell (VA), we were able to reinforce our commitment to economic cooperation with the Chinese people in areas such as agriculture, energy, and infrastructure.

In outstanding news for Wisconsin, the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin signed an agreement to sell Wisconsin-grown ginseng to Tong Ren Tang (TRT) Health Pharmaceutical on Monday.   For the next 10 years, Wisconsin ginseng producers have a secure market that can bring in up to $350-400 million or more in sales.

On Tuesday, I was proud to introduce the CEO of the Wisconsin-based Water Council to the U.S. – China Governors Forum.  The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) also signed an agreement with the China GreenTech Initiative.  This partnership will allow WEDC to advise on clean water and power technology.  The China-Wisconsin Water Forum brought together leading academic advisors, policy makers, and business leaders to discuss the country’s water issues.  

Also on Tuesday, I joined Harley enthusiasts in the opening of a new Harley-Davidson dealership in Tianjin and invited them to Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary Celebration in Milwaukee, August 29 – September 1, 2013.

Wednesday, I met with acting Governor Lu Hao to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wisconsin – Heilongjiang Sister State Agreement.  The friendship over the last 30 years resulted in a positive dialogue about cultural and economic ideas.  Our Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection has done an excellent job of fostering this relationship through yearly trade missions.

I traveled to Shanghai on Thursday to open the Wisconsin China Center.  During the ceremony, four agreements were signed, which will bolster our export opportunities.  The Shanghai Dairy Group signed three of the four letters of intent with the State of Wisconsin, the University of Wisconsin-Madison Babcock Institute, and with Badger State Ethanol (Monroe).  The final signing at the Wisconsin China Center opening was between Miller Electric (Appleton) and Shanghai Beigong Materials Co., Ltd.  This signing announces the purchase of Auto Axcess® welding systems by Shanghai Huizhong Automotive Manufacturing Co. Ltd.  The systems were built in Appleton, WI, and were developed to enable customers to manufacture products faster with high quality standards.  You can read more about these agreements, here.

Learn more about the China mission trip online at or follow on Twitter at #WIGovChinaTrade for additional updates on the trip.

Remembering the Boston Tragedy

There is no explanation for the kind of evil that seeks to destroy.  Our hearts go out to the victims of the bombings in Boston.  Tonette and I join our fellow Americans in sending our prayers and deepest sympathies to those injured and the families of those killed.

In remembrance and mourning of the tragic events, President Barack Obama issued a proclamation on Tuesday, April 16, ordering flags to half-staff at all federal buildings, military posts, and installations until sunset on April 20, 2013.

The FBI and Boston Police Department are staffing a tips hotline and those with potential information regarding this attack should call (800) 494-TIPS.

State Department Accepting Public Comments on Keystone Pipeline

This week, I urged Secretary of State John Kerry to move swiftly on the expansion of the Keystone Pipeline.  The expansion of the pipeline is our chance to have a new North American energy source.  Expanding the pipeline will produce 830,000 barrels of oil per day, which will have an enormously positive economic impact.

In addition, if the pipeline is approved in a timely manner, countless jobs in the United States stand to be created.  Wisconsin has an opportunity to benefit from this job growth.

Public comments to the State Department regarding the pipeline can be emailed to

It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.


Governor Scott Walker

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Building Relationships Overseas, Creating Jobs at Home

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Department of Transportation Schedules Closures on I-94 Eastbound for April 27, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) scheduled two closures for Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:00 AM – 10:00 AM on I-94 eastbound near the Zoo Interchange.   

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Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

The Time is Now
Since July 2012, I have been requesting an audit of the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and was thrilled the Joint Audit Committee Co-Chairs scheduled a meeting to approve the audit.  Last week Friday, April 19 2013, the Committee Chairs sent out a notice the meeting to approve the audit was cancelled.

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E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

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