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Conservatively Speaking

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.

Opening Weekend of Inland Fishing is May 7th

With opening weekend for inland fishing this Saturday, May 7th, here is an update about 2011-12 fishing regulations

Joint Finance Committee Dissolves Regional Transit Authorities

Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) would be dissolved under a proposal approved by the Joint Finance Committee today.  The 2011-13 budget bill ends the RTAs on the 90th day after the publication of the budget bill.  

Today's Joint Finance Committee motion repeals the authority of the affected local governments to create RTAs in the Chequamegon Bay, Chippewa Valley, Dane County and Southeastern regions, and repeals statutory references to the RTAs.  The motion also specifies that 10 days after the budget bill is published, the Southeast RTA could not impose a vehicle rental fee in the counties of Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine. 

BadgerCare Plus Basic Audit Reveals Major Problems

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If the state of Wisconsin is subsidizing health insurance for its citizens, it should probably make sure people reaping the benefits are citizens. 

According to a Legislative Audit Bureau Report released today about the BadgerCare Plus Basic Plan, citizenship is not verified. The audit found major issues with cost-effectiveness and sustainability of the health care program, including not verifying enrollees in the program are Wisconsin residents.

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Audit Bureau releases Wisconsin Lottery report

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The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau today released an annual review of the Wisconsin Lottery. The audit reveals the Wisconsin Lottery provided nearly $700 million in property tax relief during the last five years. 

Lottery sales increased during the last fiscal year; however, they are less than sales prior to the economic downturn. Sales increased from $473.4 million during the 2008-09 fiscal year to $480.9 million during the 2009-10 fiscal year.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011 Senate action

Tuesday, the Senate recognized the national champion Wisconsin Women’s Hockey Team and the Wisconsin Men's Basketball Team for achievements during the last season. Women’s hockey head coach Mark Johnson and player Meghan Duggan and men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan and players Keaton Nankivil, Jordan Taylor, Brett Valentyn and Tim Jarmusz were recognized on the Senate floor. 

The Senate approved Assembly Joint Resolution 33 to recognize the life and military service of Paul Bartz. Paul died during the war in Afghanistan. Paul’s family was on the Senate floor for a tribute to his life as an American solider.

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Wisconsin Shares scammer convicted

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From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

“A Milwaukee man was convicted by a jury Thursday on two counts of felony theft in a rip-off of the state's subsidized child care program, known as Wisconsin Shares.

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Press release: Lazich comments on Dem obstruction of Voter ID bill

At 12:30 AM Wednesday, Senate Democrats obstructed approval of Assembly Bill 7 (AB 7), an elections reform measure. Most notably, AB 7 requires citizens to provide photo identification to vote at a polling place or to vote absentee.

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), a sponsor of AB 7 and Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportations and Elections, issued the following statement after the Senate adjourned just after 1:00 AM Wednesday.

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Press release: Lazich comments on approval of Voter ID bill

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After Democrat stall tactics delayed a vote on voter ID legislation Tuesday, the Senate finally approved Assembly Bill 7 (AB 7) Thursday morning. Most notably, AB 7 requires citizens provide photo identification to vote at a polling place or to vote absentee.

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), a sponsor of AB 7 and Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportations and Elections, issued the following statement after the approval of AB 7.

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Overtime audit shows decreased costs, questions about surplus positions

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The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau today released a report about overtime in state agencies and the UW System. According to the audit, state agencies and the UW System paid $360.5 million for nearly 1.9 million hours of overtime from 2006 to 2010.

Overall overtime costs decreased during the five years of the audit; however, overtime payments increased from $68.1 million during 2009 to $69.7 million during 2010. This is in part due to mandatory furlough days and a two percent salary bump for represented employees. During the five years the Audit Bureau examined, the Department of Corrections and the Department of Health Services were responsible for the most overtime costs.

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Boater safety class scheduled for Muskego

The Muskego Police and Parks and Recreation Departments will hold a boater safety class June 15-18, 2011, at Lake Denoon Middle School. The class is scheduled from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM each day.

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May 24 Joint Finance Committee meeting

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee meets today, May 24, 2011. The schedule is: 

·         Higher Educational Aids Board

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May 26 Joint Finance Committee meeting

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The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee meets tomorrow, May 26, 2011. The schedule is:

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Sen. Lazich on CNN's In the Arena tonight

I will be appearing on In the Arena with Elliot Spitzer on CNN tonight at about 7:40 p.m. to discuss Act 10 and bringing fiscal stability to Wisconsin.

My appearance on "In the Arena"

Thursday May 26, 2011, I appeared on the CNN show In The Arena about the ruling by  Dane County Judge Sumi.  Click here to see the interview.

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2011/05/26/exp.arena.wisconsin.ruling.lazich.cnn?iref=allsearch

May 23-27 week in review

 

Monday, I attended a meeting of the Wisconsin Rustic Roads Board. As a new member of the board, I look forward to learning more about Wisconsin’s scenic country roads. The Board considers requests for designation of a Wisconsin Road as a Rustic Road. Here is a link to information about the Program 

Tuesday, the Assembly Transportation Committee held a hearing about a bill I authored, Senate Bill (SB) 41. SB 41 and the companion bill, Assembly Bill 50, make things fairer for small trucking companies that contract with large shipping companies.


The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee met Tuesday to debate portions of the state budget including the Higher Educational Aids Board, the Educational Communications Board, the Department of Administration, the Department of Employee Trust Funds, the Government Accountability Board, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Health Services – Medical Assistance budgets.

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Governor Orders Flags to be Flown at Half-Staff on Memorial Day

Governor Walker issued Executive Order 32 ordering the flag of the United States and the flag of the State of Wisconsin be flown at half-staff at all buildings, grounds, and military installations of the State of Wisconsin, beginning at sunrise Monday, May 30, 2011, and ending at 12:00 PM Memorial Day.

May 31 Joint Finance Committee meeting

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee meets today, May 31, 2011 at 3 PM. The schedule is:

·     Department of Corrections                                              

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Last Call for No Call

Today, May 31, is the deadline to register for Wisconsin’s No Call List.

People can register 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by  applying online at nocall.wisconsin.gov or by calling 1-866-9NOCALL, or 1-866-966-2255.    

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