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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.

New Website Brings DNR, Small Businesses Together

dnr, business

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) launched a new website to help businesses improve their bottom line and improve environmental performance.

Business owners may share their ideas and feedback, and get information about DNR processes through the new website.

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Holiday Tours of the Executive Residence

Holiday tours of the Executive Residence are available during the holiday season.  Tours include a narrative history of the Executive Residence.

Tours are scheduled for December 7, 8, 10, 14, 15 and 17.  All tours are from noon until 2:00 PM.  Governor Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker encourage all tour participants to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the Second Harvest Foodbank.

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Apply For A Gubernatorial Appointment

Governor Scott Walker is seeking applicants to serve on various boards, councils, and commissions.  You may browse a list of boards, councils, and commissions at the Governor’s website.

Senate Calendar for November 2, 2011

Special Session

First Order.                  Call of Roll.

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Press Release: Lazich applauds Senate approval of Strong Communities/Health Kids Act

November 2, 2011

For immediate release

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Senate To Take Up Castle Doctrine Today

Assembly Bill 69 is scheduled for Senate action today, November 3, 2011.  Assembly Bill 69 is legislation also known as the Castle Doctrine.

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Gundrum Appointed to District 2 Court of Appeals

Congratulations to Judge Mark Gundrum on his appointment to the District 2 Court of Appeals following the retirement of Judge Daniel Anderson.  Mark served Assembly District 84 from 1999 until 2010.  Since August 2010, Mark served as Branch 2 Trial Court Judge for the Waukesha County Circuit Court.

November 4, 2011, E-Newsletter

State Senator Mary Lazich’s
E-Newsletter
 

This week was the final week of the Legislative Fall Session.  There was a plethora of bills, and meetings. 

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National Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled Tomorrow, November 9, 2011

The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) will test the National Emergency Alert System Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time. This is the first ever national test of the system.  The test will be on television, radio, cable, and satellite systems through out the United States and will last about 30 seconds. 

National Emergency Alert System Test Scheduled Tomorrow, November 9, 2011

The Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) will test the National Emergency Alert System Wednesday, November 9, 2011, at 1:00 PM Central Standard Time.  This is the first ever national test of the system.  The test will be on television, radio, cable, and satellite systems through out the United States and will last about 30 seconds. 

Generac Job Fair Wednesday 5:30 PM-8:00 PM

Generac announced plans Monday to hire 300 to 400 new employees. According to FOX6now.com, the new employees will be mostly engineers and technicians at Generac plants in Waukesha, Whitewater and Eagle.

The job fair is scheduled from 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM at Generac's Waukesha headquarters at S45 W29290 Hwy. 59, Waukesha.

Vote Today, November 8, 2011, Muskego Referendum

Residents of the Muskego-Norway School District may vote today about a $29.9 million school referendum.

Polls are open until 8:00 PM at the City of Muskego City Hall, W182 S8200 Racine Ave

Press Release: Six Lazich Bills Earn Governor’s Signature

November 9, 2011

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Governor Walker Seeks Applicants for Judicial Vacancy

Governor Walker announced he is seeking applicants for appointment to Waukesha County Circuit Court.  The new appointee will replace outgoing Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mark Gundrum recently appointed to the District II Court of Appeals. 

To apply, submit a cover letter, resumenot exceeding two pages, list of three to four references, two writing samples, and the judicial application found at www.walker.wi.gov

Completed applications should be submitted via email not later that 5:00 PM Friday, November 25, 2011, to:  judicialappointments@wisconsin.gov

Governor's Weekly Radio Address

This week, Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about honoring veterans.

You may listen to the radio address here. A full text of the address is below.

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Governor Walker Seeks Applicants for Judicial Vacancies

Governor Walker announced he is seeking applicants for appointment to Waukesha County Circuit Court.  The new appointee will replace outgoing Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Mark Gundrum recently appointed to the District II Court of Appeals. 

To apply, submit a cover letter, resumenot exceeding two pages, list of three to four references, two writing samples, and the judicial application found at www.walker.wi.gov

Completed applications should be submitted via email not later that 5:00 PM Friday, November 25, 2011, to:  judicialappointments@wisconsin.gov

Identity Thieves Taking Aim at Cell Phones

Criminals are using a new tool to get at valuable personal information: texts to your cell phone. 

Consumers throughout the United States were recently bombarded by text messages claiming to be from well-known banks, saying “your card has been deactivated,” and listing a phone number. People dialing the number were asked for account information, social security numbers and other personal identification numbers. With a victim's information in hand, the criminals can drain bank accounts, buy items with your charge card, or set up a phony charge account.

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Government Accountability Board (GAB) Met Wednesday

The Government Accountability Board met Wednesday and made several critical rulings relating to election administration in Wisconsin. 

With its first vote of the day, the Board unanimously passed a motion allowing technical college IDs to qualify as an acceptable form of identification under the new voter ID law. Each tech school’s ID will still have to meet the same standard that applies to other colleges and universities.

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Veterans Day 2011

The year was 1919.  Just a year before, one of the deadliest wars in the history of mankind had come to an end in the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the signing of the Armistice.  The World War, as it was known, claimed the lives of nearly 10 million and left 21 million more wounded.  To mark the day, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day.

Nearly 100 years later, Armistice Day is renamed Veterans Day, and it is our opportunity to thank veterans and active military.  Wisconsin is home to over 25,000 military personnel, and each deserves a sincere thank you.

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Congratulations to Waterford High School

The Waterford Union High School football team will be playing in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Division 2 football championship game November 18, 2011, at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin Madison, at 1:00 PM.  Information about student and community busses going to Madison for the big game may be found at:  http://www.waterforduhs.k12.wi.us/Year%2011-12/football.pdf

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Committee Asks GAB To Write Formal Elections Rules

Today, the Legislature’s Joint Committee for the Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR) met and acted on several important elections issues.

JCRAR took executive action requiring the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to promulgate rules for the use of student ID stickers, technical college IDs, and pre-populated circulation forms. 

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Remembering Dick Wheeler

Last week, state government lost a man that was at the Capitol everyday and always eager to say hello and share conversation about Capitol activity.  Dick Wheeler, publisher of the political reporting website TheWheelerReport.com, passed away suddenly Friday.

A memorial service was held this afternoon in the Capitol Rotunda.  About 400 current and retired legislators and staff from both parties, members of the media and other dignitaries were on hand for the service.  It was standing room only for a final farewell and eulogies by Senator Fred Risser, Senator Mike Ellis and Dick's daughter Gwyn Guenther.

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Greendale Middle School In Top 10 Percent

Congratulations to Greendale Middle School!

Greendale Middle School is in the top 10 percent of Wisconsin’s middle schools, according to the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. Nearly 97 percent of GreendaleMiddle School students tested at proficient or advanced reading levels.

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Take Your Legislator to Work Day

Thank you to Katie Landgraf for an outstanding educational tour of Goodwill’s New Berlin store.  Katie provided Representative Mike Kuglitsch and I information about her work duties and operations at the New Berlin store, and we learned information about Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin, Inc. 

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Ruud Lighting To Add 500 Jobs

Wisconsin’s improved business climate continues to add jobs. Ruud Lighting, Inc. at Sturtevant announced plans for a 208,000 foot expansion and addition of almost 500 full-time manufacturing jobs during the next four years.

Congratulations to Ruud Lighting on your success, and thank you for making Wisconsin your home!

Volunteer Opportunities In Muskego

The Muskego Patch has a listing of opportunities to give to others during the holiday season. The listing on the Patch website includes opportunities at the Muskego Food Pantry, Atonement Lutheran Church, Acres of Hope and Aspirations, and more.

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DMV Online Services Hit an All-Time High

During the last 12 months more than 867,000 Wisconsinites renewed a vehicle registration on the Department of Motor Vehicle's (DMV) website.  In addition to vehicle registration renewal, the DMV's website provides services including requesting driver and vehicle records, inquiring about restrictions on driver license, and searching for availability of a personalized license plate.   Here is a link to the DMV's online services:  http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers/index.htm

Something Special From Wisconsin

It is hard to believe that the busiest shopping day of the year, also known as Black Friday, is less than 10 days away!  As we search stores, malls, and the internet for gifts for the special people in our lives, we may also check out items from Something Special from Wisconsin.  Items marked with the Something Special from Wisconsin logo guarantee at least half of the ingredients, production, or processing activities are from Wisconsin.  You may find Something Special from Wisconsin at savorwisconsin.com or www.somethingspecialwi.com/ 

New State Website on Bed Bugs

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection created a website to assist Wisconsinites with questions and concerns about bed bugs.  While there are horror stories about bed bugs, there are unreliable stories about methods to get rid of bed bugs.  Visit bedbugsbite.wi.gov

DNR Customer Service Center For All Your Hunting Questions

Gun deer hunting season begins Saturday, November 19, 2011.  With recent changes to laws about hunting in Wisconsin, there may be questions before entering Wisconsin's woods.  The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has trained representatives available 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM seven days a week to answer questions via telephone, email, or online chat. 

You may reach DNR representatives at: 
Toll-Free 1-888-936-7463
E-mail:   csweb@wisconsin.gov
Web Chat:   http://dnr.wi.gov/contact

Governor Signs Act 67 Into Law

Yesterday Governor Scott Walker signed Senate Bill 116 into law as Act 67.  Act 67 is legislation I authored to bring Wisconsin into compliance with the federal MOVE Act, relating to voting timelines for military and overseas voters.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker's weekly radio address this week is about lowering property taxes and protecting Wisconsin's schools.  The text of the address is below.  To listen to the address, click here.

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Petroleum Inspection Fee Audit

Today, the Legislative Audit Bureau released an audit of the Petroleum Inspection Fee Revenue Obligations Program.  

The petroleum inspection fee is levied at $0.02 per gallon against suppliers of petroleum products sold in Wisconsin.  This money is used for debt service on revenue bonds and commercial paper issued to pay claims arising under Wisconsin’s Petroleum Environmental Cleanup Fund Award (PECFA) program.

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Follow the Wisconsin DNR on Facebook and Twitter

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a Facebook page about Wisconsin fun outdoor activities, including hunting season information, fishing tidbits, and many other items.  The DNR's Facebook page, can be found at http://www.facebook.com/WIDNR   

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Be Aware of Health Care Scam

Wisconsinites are contacting the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) after receiving telephone calls from people posing as representatives of Medicare or an insurance company and asking for a Social Security number or bank account number.  DATCP has these tips to protect people from being a victim of telephone scams like this:

●  Be suspicious of anyone contacting you by phone, mail, or in person saying they are from Medicare. Call Medicare using the number on the back of your card to verify if the representative is legitimate.

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Waterford Union School District Named To Advanced Placement Honor Roll

Waterford Union School District is recognized by the College Board as a member of the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.  Waterford Union School District earns this award for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on Advanced Placement exams.  Since 2009, Waterford Union High School increased the number students participating in Advanced Placement exams from 136 to 179 during 2011. The percentage of students earning a score of three or higher on an Advanced Placement test increased from 76 percent during 2009 to 85 percent during 2011. 

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Greendale School District Named To Advanced Placement Honor Roll

The Greendale School District is recognized by the College Board as a member of the Advanced Placement Honor Roll.  Greendale School District earns this award for increasing access to Advanced Placement courses and increasing the percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on Advanced Placement exams.   Since 2009, Greendale High School increased the number students participating in Advanced Placement exams from 139 to 211 during 2011.  The percentage of students earning a score of three or higher on an Advanced Placement test increased from 71 percent during 2009 to 80 percent during 2011.

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Register Telephone Number With State No Call List By November 30th

Telephone numbers registered with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection's (DATCP's) No Call List by Wednesday, November 30, 2011, will receive the protection of the state No Call law beginning January 1, 2012.  To register a home's landline, cell phones, and Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP) numbers, go to the No Call List website at nocall.wisconsin.gov or call toll-free 1-866-966-2255. People may register 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

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Butler's Garter Snake Update

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is starting efforts to remove the Butler's garter snake from Wisconsin's list of endangered and threatened species.  Wisconsin is home to the Butler's garter snake is southeastern Wisconsin http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/news/134087938.html.

Good Luck Hunters

Good luck to deer hunters all over Wisconsin.  I hope everyone has a safe and successful hunt!

Protect Yourself While Cyber Holiday Shopping

After the Thursday's turkey coma wears off and the celebration from the Packers beating the Lions ends, the unofficial shopping holiday of Black Friday will be in full force.  Stores slash prices to get more people in their businesses for holiday shopping.  

Cyber Monday is even more important to many businesses.  Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving.  While buying things on the internet always comes with some risk, the holiday season seems to make that risk even higher.  The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides the following tips to keep your online shopping experience a pleasant one:   

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Safe Travels This Holiday Season

If you are heading over the river and through the woods this year for Thanksgiving check out Wisconsin's road conditions at http://www.511wi.gov.

Thanksgiving Weekend Travel Advisory from the I-94 North-South Freeway Project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation urges motorists to plan ahead this Thanksgiving weekend as they travel through the I-94 North-South Freeway Project. Motorists should give themselves extra time to get to their destination or consider adjusting their departure time, as holiday traffic is expected to add to the number of vehicles on the road. 

WisDOT expects traffic to peak today, Wednesday, November 23 as travelers make their way to join friends and family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The heaviest travel day, however, is expected to be Sunday, November 27 as deer hunters join Thanksgiving holiday travelers in the return trip home. Expect delays during these peak travel periods.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker's weekly radio address is about Thanksgiving. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday

Three events highlight the holiday shopping season.  Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving that retailers offer door buster deals, is the most established and well-known shopping day.  Taking full advantage of Black Friday involves rising early, having good knowledge of the deals, and setting out on a mission to get the goods.  Knowing the deals is important; pricing errors may occur.   

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Avoid Fires This Thanksgiving

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the number one day for cooking fires in the United States.  On average, three times as many fires are reported on Thanksgiving than the average day.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is upon us once again.  Students learn about Pilgrims and make hand turkeys.  Fall colors have come and gone, there is a chill in the air and delicious food on the table.

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Deer Tally Up Six Percent

Wisconsin hunters are off to a great start this hunting season, bagging nearly six percent more deer than during the same period last year.

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Franklin Flu Clinics

Franklin announced two flu vaccine clinics at the Health Wing of Franklin City Hall during December.

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Be Prepared For Winter

Wisconsin winter is coming. The Wisconsin Emergency Management Team launched the website readywisconsin.wi.gov to provide state residents with information to prepare for the cold and inclement weather.

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New York Times Reports on Wisconsin Supper Clubs

An article about Wisconsin in The New York Times: Wisconsin's supper clubs.

Spectrum Brands To Hire 60 New Employees

Spectrum Brands will hire 60 new employees and maintain up to 470 jobs at its Madison worldwide headquarters after receiving a $4,000,000 award from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. In addition, Spectrum Brands will invest at least $40,000,000 in its Wisconsin operations.

"We’re pleased that Spectrum is committed to staying in Wisconsin and is making a major investment in its operations," Governor Scott Walker said in a press release.  "We’re also excited that they are currently in the process of hiring up to 60 workers at their headquarters."

Hunting Season One of the Safest on Record

With six shooting incidents, all non-fatal, the 2011 Wisconsin gun deer hunting season is one of the safest on record.  The six shooting incidents is a 50 percent reduction from last year.  This is the second consecutive year, zero fatal shootings were recorded.  Congratulations on safer hunting!

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