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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.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculuture, Trade and Consumer Protection Warns of Fake Verizon Emails Contain Malicious Links

An email that fraudulently claims to come from Verizon Wireless is making the rounds in Wisconsin and could lead to a serious breach of data for consumers who click the links in its text.

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Governor Signs Three Lazich Bills Into Law

Today Governor Walker signed into law three bills I authored.

Senate Bill 341 (SB 341) corrects provisions of a law approved during a prior session prohibiting a person from opening a motor vehicle door on a highway without first taking necessary precautions to ensure the vehicle door does not interfere with traffic or endanger a person. Law enforcement training requires use of open car doors for protection. SB 341 allows law enforcement, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel to leave open any vehicle door while the vehicle is stopped and the person is performing official duties.

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Wisconsin Tax Freedom Day April 21, 2012

The Tax Foundation released its annual report about Tax Freedom Day. Tax Freedom Day is the date calculated annually by the Tax Foundation as the day taxpayers will have earned enough money to pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels. 

Wisconsin’s Tax Freedom Day is April 21, 2012, giving Wisconsin a ranking of number 10. Connecticut comes in number one with Tax Freedom Day May 5, 2012. Tennessee ranks 50 with Tax Freedom Day March 31, 2012. The average Tax Freedom Day is April 17, 2012. Here is a link to the Tax Foundation's 2012 Tax Freedom Day report: http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/sr198.pdf

Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address

Hi. I'm Scott Walker.

My two sons play football at our local high school. Last season, Matt got a slight concussion. The trainer had him sit out a week and get checked out by a doctor. That was good.

On Monday, I went to Lambeau Field and signed into law a bill that requires student athletes who have a possible concussion playing in school and club sports to be sidelined until they are cleared by a health care professional. We want safe sports for our kids in Wisconsin.

I want to thank the Green Bay Packers and the NFL—as well as many health care organizations for their support of this measure.

We also went to Franklin Elementary School in Wausau where I signed a law that advances many of the reforms in reading and educator effectiveness I worked on with State Superintendent Tony Evers and a diverse group from around the state. Last year, I was at the same school and sat down with the staff to talk about ways to improve education. We listened and incorporated their ideas into our work.

Overall, we are creating a safer state for our kids and a better learning environment for our students.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on
http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.

Governor Signs Six Lazich Bills on Friday

Today Governor Walker signed into law six bills I authored.

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Conservation Congress and DNR Fish and Wildlife Informational Hearing April 9, 2012

This year’s Conservation Congress and DNR Fish and Wildlife Informational Hearing is April 9, 2012, 7:00 PM. The yearly meeting allows Wisconsin citizens to vote on a series of DNR issues. Each Wisconsin county has one location for the meeting. Locations for Southeastern Wisconsin are:  

Waukesha County
Waukesha County Technical College
800 Main Street
Pewaukee, WI

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28th Annual Kids' Spring Fishing Clinics April 14, 2012

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will be hosting 16 Kids' Spring Fishing Clinics April 14, 2012. Local fishing club members will be leading clinics within Milwaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha counties from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Clinics begin every hour with the last clinic starting at 2:00 pm. Fishing equipment is available, however, you are encouraged to bring your own rod and reel. Here is a link to locations of the clinics: http://dnr.wi.gov/fish/kidsparents/documents/SpringFlyer2012.pdf

2012 Spring Conservation Congress Hearings Results are in!

The 2012 Spring Conservation Congress voter results from the April 9, 2012 state wide meetings are available at this link: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/spring_hearings/2012/ResultsStatewide.pdf

Here is a link to county results: http://dnr.wi.gov/org/nrboard/congress/spring_hearings/2012/RESULTS%20by%20county.pdf

University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting Webcast April 12-13, 2012

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents' April meeting will be webcast with live audio and video streaming beginning 9:00 AM April 12 and April 13. At this link you may view and listen to the meetings live: http://www.uwex.edu/ics/stream/regents/meetings/

Click here to see the The Board of Regent 's agenda and supporting material.

Legislative Audit Bureau Audit of the Local Government Property Insurance Fund

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an audit of the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance's (OCI) Local Government Property Insurance Fund. The Local Government Property Insurance Fund was established during 1979 to insure government properties not owned by the state. The coverage for counties, cities, towns, villages, school districts, and library boards is reasonably priced and covers all property losses except those resulting from flood, earthquake, wear and tear, extreme temperatures, mold, war, nuclear reactions, and embezzlement or theft by an employee. As of 2011 the fund had 1,087 policyholders.

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Town Halls Provide Snapshot of Senate District 28

Last month, I had eleven town halls throughout state Senate District 28.  I made a point to vary the meetings between daytime and evening, weekday and weekend.  It was my goal that any constituent wanting to attend had an opportunity to do so.

Some venues were better attended than others, and each provided an opportunity to keep my hand on the pulse of our district and provide constituents with news about state issues.  From Waterford to Big Bend, Greenfield to Franklin, Franklin to Vernon, Senate District 28 residents came armed with a range of questions, comments, and concerns.  However, the issues of recall elections and mining legislation were brought up more than any other, and I want to address each for those not at the meetings.

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Wall Street Journal: Property Tax Bills Fall as Scott Walker's Reforms Start to Kick In

An article in the Wall Street Journal titled Wisconsin Vindication highlights property taxes in Wisconsin fell 0.4%.

Tornado and Sever Weather Awareness Week, April 16 -April 20

This week is Wisconsin's 2012 Tornado and Severe Weather Awareness Week. A statewide mock tornado watch is scheduled for April 19, 2012 1:00 PM followed by a mock tornado warning at 1:45 PM. Severe weather over the plain states the past weekend and 2011's devastating tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, remind us of the power of Mother Nature. Here are some facts about severe weather and tornadoes courtesy of Wisconsin Emergency Management:

  • Wisconsin averages 23 tornadoes annually.
  • In 2011, 38 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Service, the fourth highest number on record. The earliest outbreak occurred on April 10th. On August 19th, a man was killed when a tornado with winds of 105 mph struck Marinette County. Five others were injured in 2011. Click here for more in-depth stats from the National Weather Service.
  • In 2010, 46 tornadoes in Wisconsin were confirmed by the National Weather Services, the second greatest yearly number on record. Fortunately, no one was killed but 22 were injured and the tornadoes caused nearly $30 million in property damage.
  • The peak tornado season in Wisconsin is April to August, but tornadoes can occur any time of year, like the January 7, 2008 storms near Kenosha.

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Lazich Reacts to Planned Parenthood's Distorted Analysis

Planned Parenthood announced today that it is indefinitely suspending its use of chemical abortions in Wisconsin.  The decision allegedly results from the approval of a state law requiring abortion providers meet a minimum standard of care. 

In response, State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), author of the bill, issued the following statement.

“Planned Parenthood’s decision is an attention-seeking flawed characterization of the bill’s language.  After hearing hours of testimony from women explaining their experience with abortion trauma, the legislature enacted minimum safety standards.  The bill’s language clearly does not ban the use of mifepristone, commonly referred to as RU-486, or the use of chemicals to induce abortions. 

“Planned Parenthood is free to continue or discontinue providing chemical abortions.  Ultimately, its decision today has nothing to do with the law.  It is a thinly veiled attempt to manufacture evidence of a fabricated war on women.  It is a poor fabrication at best.

“Unsurprisingly, the impact of the bill is grossly misstated.  For example, the claim that doctors will face criminal charges for women failing to return for a follow-up is patently false.

“In reality, the bill ensures women receive the procedural regimen recommended by the Food and Drug Administration and the National Abortion Federation.  Planned Parenthood either believes it is incapable of meeting those standards or has chosen political games rather than conform to nationally-recognized best practices.”


 

Act 10 Results in Milestone $1 Billion in Savings: Millions saved in Senate District 28 alone

Today Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) joined Governor Walker in Brown Deer to announce that Wisconsin taxpayers have now saved over $1 billion as a result of Act 10.

“This is a milestone for Wisconsin taxpayers,” said Lazich.  “Instead of raising taxes on our over-burdened residents, we gave local elected officials control over their own budgets.  The results speak for themselves – a billion dollars in tax savings and greater efficiency in services.”

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Waukesha County Drug Collection Saturday April 28, 2012

Waukesha County is hosting drug collection sites Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Here is a link to the location of collection sites and acceptable items: www.waukeshacounty.gov/drugcollection

Wisconsin State Journal: Don't let gender flap distract

Here is a link to a Wisconsin State Journal editorial about the Democrats false claim that Republicans repealed equal pay laws: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/don-t-let-gender-flap-distract/article_3af04f76-8f2e-11e1-9892-0019bb2963f4.html

Oconomowoc School District Dramatic Reform

The MacIver Institute reports Oconomowoc School District dramatic reform: Oconomowoc Presses Forward with Reforms to Restructure Staff, Pay Teachers More in High School Reforms Possible Because of 2011 Wisconsin Act 10

May 31, 2012, Deadline for Small Business to Submit Suggested Changes to Small Business Environmental Regulations

Governor Walker issued Executive Order #61 February 22, 2012, requiring state agencies to review rules and regulations to assure compliance with 2011 Wisconsin Act 46. Act 46 strengthens the Wisconsin Small Business Regulatory Review Board.

In response to the Executive Order, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is soliciting public input about environmental rules affecting small business. The public has until May 31, 2012, to submit information. Here is a link to a DNR website seeking information: http://dnr.wi.gov/business/RulesReview.html

Inland Fishing Season Starts May 5, 2012

Opening day for inland fishing is May 5, 2012. With a 160 fish species living in Wisconsin waters and fish hatcheries adding fish to our lakes and river systems every year, fishing is becoming a $30 million industry.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has information about laws, obtaining a fishing license, and boat registration and maintenance. Here is a link to the DNR's fishing website: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/

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Information on May 8, 2012, Elections

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board (GAB) issued a guide to voters for the Tuesday, May 8, 2012, recall primary elections.

Keep Up To Date on Zoo Interchange Construction

Here is a link to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation website about the Zoo Interchange reconstruction: www.zoointerchange.wi.gov

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