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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.

Read to Lead Report and Plan Released at Highland View Elementary School in Greendale

This morning I attended Governor Walker and Wisconsin State Superintendent Tony Evers announcement at Highland View Elementary School, Greendale, Wisconsin, about the results of the Lead to Read Task Force.  Some of the highlights are attention to University training for teachers, kindergarten screening, and teaching students based on screening. The Task Force results are a product of a bipartisan group, comprised of the Governor, Superintendent of Public Instruction, teachers, researchers, advocates, and legislators.  Here is a link to the Read to Lead Report.

Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker's weekly radio address is about the recently-released Read To Lead report. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.

Hi, this is Scott Walker

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Natural Resources Board January Meeting Agenda Released

The agenda for the January 24, and 25, 2012, Natural Resource Board Meeting is available.  The meeting is scheduled to take place at The State Natural Resources Building, 101 South Webster Street, Room G09, at Madison.  Here is a link to the agenda.

Recall Elections Cost Estimates Released

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) released an estimate cost of $9 million for a statewide recall election.  The estimate includes costs for county governments, municipalities, and the GAB.  Here is link explaining the $9 million estimate by the Director of the GAB.

Hit the Links in January

during January.

Milwaukee County is giving golfers a rare opportunity: play golf

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New Berlin Police Warn About Burglary Ring

New Berlin police are warning residents about a burglary ring that broke into at least five New Berlin residences, as well as targeting homes at Greenfield, Hales Corners, and other Milwaukee-area municipalities.

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State of the State Date Set

Governor Scott Walker will deliver his second State of the State address January 25, 2012, 7:00 PM at the State Capitol.

Wisconsin Working Plan

After losing 150,000 jobs during 2007-2010, Wisconsin's economy added private sector this year.  Job creators have a positive outlook on the state's direction.  There is still a lot more work to be done. Many people remain unemployed.  A common complaint from employers is there is a skill gap between the requirements of open positions and the skills unemployed people possess.

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Department of Tourism Releases New Television Ad

The Wisconsin Department of Tourism released a new winter TV ad featuring the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and directed by Wisconsin native and filmmaker David Zucker.

January 9, 2012, E-Newsletter

The State Senate and State Assembly are scheduled to be on the floor during January.  Legislative committees in both houses of the legislature are meeting for Public Hearings and preparing bills for the Senate and Assembly floor.  At this link you may view the schedule of committee meetings.

Please contact me with your thoughts about bills.    The schedule changes frequently.  If you plan to attend a hearing, please confirm the meeting is taking place on the day of the hearing before you drive to Madison.  You may call my office to confirm.

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New Business Filings Increase

Small business is the engine of any robust economy.  Small businesses create jobs and can be an indicator of optimism and confidence in the economy.  After all, entrepreneurs do not want to start a business at a time of economic pessimism or uncertainty.

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Alice in Dairyland Deadline Fast Approaching

Applications to become the 65th Alice in Dairyland are due to the state Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection by 4:30 PM Friday, January 13, 2012.  Alice in Dairyland is an ambassador for Wisconsin’s agriculture industry, giving speeches, doing media interviews, and presenting to school groups.

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Hearing Notice for Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections Hearing

Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections
Public Hearing
January 12, 2012
330 Southwest
State Capitol

Senate Bill 292
Relating to: reporting of the principal place of employment of certain individuals who make political contributions.

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Batter Up!

Greenfield High School will host a wiffle ball tournament to benefit the Community Services Department Saturday, March 31, 2012. The tournament begins at 9:00 AM and is scheduled to last until 9:00 PM. Children age 8-13 are invited to play. There is a $100 registration fee per team. Participants do not need to be residents of Greenfield School District to play.School District of Greenfield website, or contact Facilities Coordinator Gary Compton at 414-855-2413.

More information is at

Voter ID Website

Part of Wisconsin Act 23, legislation requiring voters to show photo identification to vote, required a public outreach effort to inform people about the new voting requirement. The Government Accountability Board created a website to aid in the outreach effort. Voters may visit and find answers to questions about the new voter photo ID law.

Just a reminder, the law will be in effect beginning February 21 with the primary election for 2012 nonpartisan elections.

Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker’s weekly radio address is about the Wisconsin Working plan. The full text of the speech is below. To listen to the address, click here

This week, Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and I announced a new program to help people looking for jobs called Wisconsin Working.

Today, there are nearly 30,000 job openings on our website Our challenge is how to connect potential workers to those jobs.

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Beer Gardens To Return To Milwaukee County Parks?

Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black is proposing bringing beer gardens back to Milwaukee County parks. The beer gardens would be operated by a private contractor that would make enhancements to park structures and sell food and beverages. Milwaukee County would receive a percentage of sales from the beer gardens.

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State Senate Agenda for Tuesday January 17, 2012

State of Wisconsin


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College and Workforce Readiness Council Announced

Governor Scott Walker today announced the creation of the College and Workforce Readiness Council to help prepare students for life outside of the classroom. The College and Workforce Readiness Council is part of the Governor’s Wisconsin Working plan.

“Our state needs to align our education system with the needs of our workforce,” Governor Walker said. “The college and workforce readiness council will help prepare Wisconsin students for jobs in today’s economy.”

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February 1, 2012, Deadline To Join Landscape Pesticide Advance Notice Registry

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Senate Floor Action for January 17, 2012

The Wisconsin State Senate opened its 2012 calendar Tuesday, acting on nine bills and approving four resolutions. 

The Senate concurred with the Assembly on Senate Bill 2, a bill that adjusts the deadline for parents wishing to open enroll their students.  In addition, the Senate approved a bill from the Law Revision Committee making revisions to the Clean Water Fund Program.

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Press Release: Strong Communities/Healthy Kids Act Approved by Assembly Committee

January 18, 2011

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Watch Recall Petition Processing

Here is a link to a Government Accountability Board (GAB) webcam showing the processing of recall petitions filed against Governor Scott Walker and four Senate Republicans:

Senate Calendar for January 24, 2012

First Order.         Call of Roll.

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Governor Declares School Choice Week

Governor Scott Walker declared this week School Choice Week. 

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Lazich Town Halls Scheduled

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) scheduled three Town Hall Meetings January 26, 2012.  Town hall meeting times and locations are:

Waterford Public Library, 2:00-3:00 PM

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Governor Walker's State of the State Address

Governor’s State of the State Address, January 25, 2012

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Press Release: Lazich issues State of the State remarks

January 25, 2012

For immediate release

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Learn to Hunt Events

You may find out more about Learn to Hunt Events at the Department of Natural Resource's webpage:

Governor Walker Seeks Applicants for Non-traditional Student Representative on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents

The Governor announced he is seeking applications for a non-traditional student representative for the University System Board of Regents. Below is the governor's announcement:

Governor Scott Walker announced today that he is seeking applicants for a non-traditional student representative on the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The applicant must be an undergraduate student, who is at least 24 years old and represent the views of non-traditional students, such as those who are employed or who are parents; this representative will serve for two years. The student representative must be enrolled at least half-time in a University of Wisconsin institution, be in good academic standing, be a Wisconsin resident, and be enrolled for their entire term. Please note that due to UW-Stout having been recently represented on the board, state statute precludes applications being accepted from this institution. In addition, applicants who attend UW-Madison or UW-Milwaukee are unable to apply for this cycle.

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Lazich: GAB Must Post Walker Recall Petitions Immediately

January 31, 2012

For immediate release
Contact: Sen. Mary Lazich (608)-266-5400

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Recall Petitions Posted By Government Accountability Board

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) posted the recall petitions turned in for Governor Walker and four State Senators. You may find the signatures at this link:

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