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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.

Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

State Senate Approves December 2013 Special Session Bill Protecting Thousands from Affordable Care Act Lapse
Thursday, during a Special Session the State Senate took action protecting thousands of Wisconsinites healthcare from lapsing due to failed Affordable Care Act implementation.

The State Senate’s approval to extend Wisconsin’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) and BadgerCare until March 31, 2014, provides stability to vulnerable residents as they wait for the Federal Government to deliver Affordable Care Act healthcare via the faulty website and difficult sign up provisions.  

Bi-partisan Elections Bill Public Hearing
Tuesday, as Chair of the Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee, I presided over a public hearing about Assembly Bill 225 (AB 225).  The bi-partisan elections bill, as amended by the State Assembly, includes a wide range of election related issues, including establishing an online voter registration system and increasing campaign contribution limits. 

The proposed online voter registration system would allow a person with a valid driver’s license or state identification card to register to vote for the first time or modify an existing voter registration via the internet.  The elector would enter required registration information that would be instantly verified with Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) files.  If the information the elector provides does not match exactly with data in the DMV database, the registration would not be processed. 

AB 225 also proposes to increase campaign contribution limits.  The present contribution limits were enacted during 1974 and have not been updated.  The bill permits electronic filing of campaign finance reports and increases the frequency of reports. 

This bill, as amended, includes provisions to improve and modernize Wisconsin’s election process.  The Legislative Council, a nonpartisan legislative service agency that provides legal, scientific, and other research services to the legislature, provides a memo analyzing existing law and the bill as amended.    

Governor Walker Signs Mascot Bill into Law
Governor Scott Walker sent a letter to Wisconsin’s Tribal Leaders informing them of his decision to sign Assembly Bill 297 (AB 297) into law, establishing a fair due process to determine mascot appropriateness.  

School districts now have a fundamentally fair solution to the mascot debate. The law replaces a system that was an embarrassment to due process.  Schools now have a fair opportunity and are not forced to overcome a presumption of guilt in an expensive, divisive process.

Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection Alerts Public to Utility Fraud Calls
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) is warning businesses to be aware of telephone calls informing the business’s utilities will be shut off unless payment is made by wire transfer or by Green Dot MoneyPak prepaid debit card within a few hours.    
Read more about this scam and tips from DATCP about avoiding falling victim to a scam.

 

Keep Up With Wisconsin's Changing Road Conditions
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) offers many opportunities to check road conditions and traffic flow.  Click here to view Wisconsin’s 511 Travel Information.

Welcome Ken Skowronski
Representative-elect Ken Skowronski will serve as Representative to the Wisconsin State Assembly, District 82, replacing Jeff Stone. Ken Skowronski brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the legislature from his service to local government. 

I look forward to working with Ken at Madison representing our constituents.  Senate District 28 is comprised of three Assembly Districts including Districts 82, 83, and 84.  

Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas and A Happy Healthy New Year!

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