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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.

State Senate Calendar for March 5, 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 joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 12.  Relating to: commending the Samoset Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?

Assembly Joint Resolution 5.  Relating to: the life and public service of Michael Harried.

Assembly Joint Resolution 10.  Relating to: declaring March 2013 American Red Cross Month.

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 8.  Relating to: alcohol sale, possession, and consumption at Peninsula State Park.

Senate Bill 27.  Relating to: the authority and responsibilities of the Legislative Audit Bureau and state auditor, eliminating certain expired audit requirements, and requiring confidentiality during investigations of reports made to the state fraud, waste, and mismanagement hotline.

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

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

Assembly Bill 2.  Relating to: extending the expenditure period for a tax incremental district in the city of Marinette.

Assembly Bill 14.  Relating to: workforce training, granting rule-making authority, and making appropriations.

Assembly Bill 35.  Relating to: the effective date for licensing and registration requirements for electricians and electrical contractors.

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.

Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address: Cutting Income Taxes

The income tax cuts proposed in my budget specifically target middle-class taxpayers.  The biggest percent of tax relief, under my plan, is for individuals making between $20,000-60,000 per year.  This tax cut amounts to a $341 million down payment on what I hope is just the beginning of the income tax relief we can provide in this and future budgets. 

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Mining Bill Heading To Governor's Desk

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Daylight Savings Time Begins March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday March 10, 2013, at 2:00 AM.  ReadyWisconsin  reminds people about safety measures while moving clocks forward.  ReadyWisconsin urges people to check the following: 

  • Smoke Detectors- Check and replace batteries if needed and make sure the devices around your house are working properly. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission estimates that about 16 million homes in the country have smoke alarms that do not work. In most cases, the batteries are dead or missing. This is a great time to put fresh batteries in your smoke detector. You should also replace the entire smoke alarm unit every 8 to 10 years. Nearly 2,700 people die and more than 15,000 are injured each year because of fires that started in their homes.
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors- Make sure you have CO Detectors and they are working. According to the Centers for Disease Control, carbon monoxide is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in the United States with more than 200 killed each year from overexposure to the gas.
  • Emergency Kits- Everyone should have a basic emergency kit in their home with supplies such as food and water to last you and your family for at least three days. Other items like a battery powered or crank radio, flashlights, first aid kit should also be included. Daylight Savings Time is a perfect time to get a kit and if you already have a kit, check it to make sure food and other items are not near or past their expiration dates.
  • Emergency NOAA Weather Radio- Spring brings the threat of tornadoes. Make sure you have an emergency weather radio. It’s like having a tornado siren in your home. When it goes off, go to a safe place. Listen, Act and Live!

Department of Transportation Announces I-94 North-South/Rawson Avenue Closures starting week of March 11, 2013

As part of the ongoing I-94 North – South Freeway Project, key closures will begin the week of March 11, 2013, at Rawson Avenue in Milwaukee County.

Beginning the week of March 11, 2013 the following closures will occur on I-94 North-South/Rawson Avenue:

  • Rawson Avenue westbound entrance ramp to I-94 East, southbound, left turn movement will be closed
  • Full Closure of the Rawson Avenue entrance ramp to I-94 East southbound
  • Full Closure of the Rawson Avenue entrance ramp to I-94 West northbound
  • Full Closure of the I-94 West, northbound, exit ramp to Rawson Avenue

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Senator Lazich Announces Town Hall Meetings

State Senator Mary Lazich scheduled Town Hall Meetings Friday March 15, 2013. Residents of Senate District 28 are invited to attend any of the Town Hall Meetings at any of the locations.

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Governor Walker Signs Seven Bills Into Law

Governor Walker signed a total of seven bills into law Wednesday, March 13, 2013. These bill include:

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Legislative Fiscal Bureau Releases Summary of Governor's 2013-15 Budget Recommendations

Today the Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) released the Summary of Governor’s 2013-15 Budget Recommendations.  I refer to the LFB summary as the English version of the state budget.  Here is a link to LFB summary: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/publications/budget/201315%20Budget/Pages/Governor.aspx

Senator Lazich Hosting Town Hall Meetings on Friday March 15, 2013

State Senator Mary Lazich scheduled Town Hall Meetings Friday March 15, 2013. Residents of Senate District 28 are invited to attend any of the Town Hall Meetings at any of the locations.

Waterford 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Waterford Village Hall

123 North River Street
Waterford

Muskego 2:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Muskego Public Library
S73 W16663 Janesville Road
Muskego

Hales Corners 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Hales Corners Public Library
5885 South 116th Street
Hales Corners

Governor's Weekly Radio Address: Improving Our Jobs Climate

My number one priority is helping the people of Wisconsin create more jobs. With that in mind, I signed two very important bills into law this week that will improve our jobs climate.

One helps streamline the process for safe and environmentally sound mining in Wisconsin. Northstar Economics predicts some 3,000 jobs related to the construction of the mine and 2,800 long-term jobs. Both business and labor union leaders joined me at the signings across the state.

The other bill didn't get as much attention but it's just as important. It invests $20 million into workforce development training and the creation of a new system to track workforce needs which will be a tremendous help to our technical colleges and other programs. Employers frequently mention that they have jobs but not enough skilled workers. This new law will help more people get the skills needed to fill those jobs.

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Department of Natural Resources Holding Deer Forums

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Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing Schedule Announced


There are four public hearings scheduled for the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) to hear members of the public testify to the committee about the 2013-2015 state budget.  Members of the public are invited to attend the public hearings to testify or listen to the public testimony.   

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Tax Extension Filings Due April 15, 2013

Taxpayers unable to meet the April 15, 2013, deadline for filing their 2012 taxes may request an additional six months to file their returns by requesting the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) for an extension.  When filing for an extension with the IRS, an automatic extension will be granted by the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR).  An additional one percent interest is added to your tax bill for each month after April 15, 2013.  Here is a link to IRS information about filing for an extension:  http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc304.html  

Location Change to Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearing on April 10, 2013

There are four public hearings scheduled for the Wisconsin State Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance (JFC) to hear members of the public testify to the committee about the 2013-2015 state budget.  Members of the public are invited to attend the public hearings to testify or listen to the public testimony.   

I am pleased to inform you that the first public hearing will be within Senate District 28.  As a member of the Committee, I look forward to comments by constituents.

Joint Committee on Finance Public Hearings 

Thursday April 4, 2013
Greendale High School
Auditorium
6801 Southway
Greendale, WI 53129
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Monday, April 8, 2013
Lambeau Field
Legends Club Room-4th level
Lambeau Field Atrium
1265 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

**Wednesday, April 10, 2013**
Kalahari Resort
Suites 2 and 7 (Main Level)
1305 Kalahari Drive
Wisconsin Dells, WI
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Thursday, April 18, 2013
Baldwin-Woodville High School
Auditorium

1000 13th Avenue
Baldwin, WI 54002
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Society of Actuaries Estimates Wisconsin's Insurance Claims To Increase 80% Under Obama Care

The Society of Actuaries (SOA) recently issued a report that insurers in Wisconsin will have to pay out an average of 80 percent more claims on individual health policies under ObamaCare.  This is cost that will likely be passed on to consumers.   

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Goveror Walker's Weekly Radio Address: Addressing the Skills Gap

I have frequently heard from employers that they cannot find enough skilled workers to fill positions.  The skills gap is a very real concern in Wisconsin and around the country, and the gap is only expected to increase.  In the next ten years, approximately 70 percent of jobs will require some training beyond a high school diploma but less than a four-year degree.   

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