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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.

Happy New Year! Go Bucky!

Happy New Year to All! Please have a Very Happy and Safe start to 2013!

Let’s all watch the Wisconsin Badger Football Team start 2013 with a win over Stanford at the Rose Bowl! Go Badgers!!

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Free Fishing January 19 & 20, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proclaims January 19 and 20, 2013, as the first ever Wisconsin winter free fishing weekend.  Here is a link to more information:  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/fishing/anglereducation/freefishingweekend.html

Governor's Weekly Radio Address: A Look Ahead

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Warns of Packer Ticket Scams

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is warning Packer fans to be aware of playoff and Super Bowl ticket scams.  Here is a link to DATCP’s information about current scams and recognizing a ticket scam:  http://datcp.wi.gov/news/?Id=740

Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau Reveals $32.9 million Overpayments by the University of Wisconsin System

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E-Update From Governor 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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State of the State 2013; A Look Forward, A Look Back

Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to give his third State of the State Address tomorrow, January 15, 2013, 7:00 PM.   It is scheduled live on public television and streamed live via the Governor’s homepage.

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State Senate Calendar for January 15, 2013

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

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 resolution be adopted?

Senate Resolution 2.  Relating to: the senate rules.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?       

Assembly Joint Resolution 1.  Relating to: commending the Eagle River World Championship Snowmobile Derby on its 50th anniversary.

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

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.

State of the State Address January 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

Article V, Section 4, of the Wisconsin State Constitution provides that the Governor “shall communicate to the legislature, at every session, the condition of the state, and recommend such matter them for their consideration as he may deem expedient.” 

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Governor Walker Delivers Third State of the State Address

Governor Scott Walker gave his third State of the State Address tonight, and laid out a bold vision and bright hope for the future.

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Reconstruction Work Begins, Greenfield Avenue Bridge Over I-894/US 45

During the week of January 21, 2013, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation plans to begin removal of the Greenfield Avenue bridge over I-894/US 45.  Traffic changes in the area include closure of Greenfield Avenue between 106th Street and 96th Street.  The eastbound on-ramp to northbound US 45 and the eastbound/westbound on-ramp to southbound US 45 will also be closed.  Greenfield Avenue from 97th Street to 98th Street and 101st Street to 106th Street will be open to local/business traffic only. To find out more about this closure and other planned changes to the Zoo Interchange, you may visit the DOT’s website dedicated to the project by clicking here

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: State of the State

This week, I delivered my third State of the State address to the people of Wisconsin.  I’m happy to say we are moving Wisconsin forward with bold vision and bright hope for the future. 

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2013 Senate Scholar Program Accepting Applications

The Senate Scholar Program is a week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate for Wisconsin high school juniors and seniors.  Each Senate Scholar receives a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role within our democracy.   

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More Information on Wisconsin's Free Winter Fishing Weekend January 19-20, 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) posted a video about Wisconsin’s Free Winter Fishing Weekend January 19-20, 2013.  Here is a link to the video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5-E3FQHzNY&feature=youtu.be

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E-Update From Governor Walker

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Spring Primary Election February 19, 2013

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Act 10

Here is a link to the ruling by the United States Court of Appeals For the Seventh Circuit  http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/20130118-weac-vs-scott-walker.pdf

Watch Todays Public Hearing about Mining Bill Live on Internet or TV

Wisconsin Eye is scheduled to provide live coverage of a joint public hearing by the Senate Committee on Workforce Development, Forestry, Mining, and Revenue and the Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy, and Mining about mining bills; Senate Bill 1 (SB 1) and companion bill, Assembly Bill 1 (AB 1). The hearings are scheduled to begin today, January 23, 2013, at 9:00 AM and scheduled to end after the last testimony or 9:00 PM.  

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Great News for Wisconsin’s Taxpayers

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) just projected a $484.7 million surplus by the end of the biennium June 30, 2013. 

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Audit Bureau to Examine Elections Irregularities

Today Representative Kathy Bernier joined me in requesting an audit of the Government Accountability Board (GAB). While I serve as the Chair of the Senate Committee on 

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Wisconsin 2012 Tax Year Forms Available On Line

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) provides tax forms on their website.  Here is a link to the forms:  http://www.revenue.wi.gov/html/formpub.html

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Molybdenum

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E-update From the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

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State Senate in Session Tuesday January 29, 2013

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?

Nowak, Ellen, of Mequon, as a member of the Public Service Commission, to serve for the term ending March 1, 2019.   (Report confirmation recommended by Committee on Government Operations, Public Works, and Telecommunications, Ayes 7, Noes 0)

Shier, Victor, of Kewaskum, as a member of the Employee Trust Funds Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013.   (Report confirmation recommended by Committee on Judiciary and Labor, Ayes 5, Noes 0)

Wall, Edward , of Windsor, as Secretary of the Department of Corrections, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.   (Report confirmation recommended by Committee on Transportation, Public Safety, and Veterans and Military Affairs, Ayes 5, Noes 0)

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 3.  Relating to: the life and public service of Orlan Prestegard. By Senators T. Cullen and Shilling. 

Senate Joint Resolution 6.  Relating to: modifying the session schedule for the 2013-14 biennial session period and extending the deadline for the governor's budget message. By Senator S. Fitzgerald. 

Senate Joint Resolution 7.  Relating to: the life and public service of John C. Shabaz. By Senator Lazich; cosponsored by Representatives Kuglitsch and Sanfelippo. 

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 2.  Relating to: the publication and effective dates of acts. By Senator Grothman.  (Report passage recommended by committee on Judiciary and Labor, Ayes 3, Noes 2)

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.

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