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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.

Press release: Lazich legislation helps schools facing mascot-change mandate

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June 1, 2011

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Lazich introduces two election reform measures

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June 1, 2011

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June 2 Joint Finance committee meeting

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee meets June 2, 2011 at 1:00 PM. The schedule is:

  • Prevailing Wage
  • Court of Appeals
  • Circuit Courts
  • Supreme Court
  • Employment Relations Commission
  • Shared Revenue and Tax Relief -- Direct Aid Payment
  • Department of Health Services -- Medical Assistance -- Administration and FoodShare
  • Department of Natural Resources -- Air, Waste and Contaminated Land
  • Department of Natural Resources -- Phosphorus Effluent Limitations
  • Transfer of Housing-Related Regulations to Safety and Professional Services
  • Department of Commerce
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
  • Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority
  • Department of Public Instruction -- Choice, Charter, and Open Enrollment
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison Authority
  • University of Wisconsin System
  • University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics Authority
  • Building Program
  • Building Commission
  • Authority to Lapse or Transfer Moneys to the General Fund


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Press release: Lazich election reform measures have public hearing

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June 2, 2011 

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Joint Finance Committee meeting again Friday


The Joint Finance Committee worked late into the night yesterday. Petulant protesters tried to disrupt the committee’s work by shouting down speakers. The Finance Committee continued working through the interruptions. People causing the disruptions were removed from the room and cited by police.

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Supreme Court hearing Act 10 case now

You can watch the oral arguments and court proceedings live at

Press release: Lazich Announces Town Hall Meetings

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State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) will hold three Town Hall Meetings this weekend.

The first Town Hall Meeting will be Friday, June 10, 2011, at the East Troy Village Hall 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM in meeting room A.

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Capitol Police provide information for visitors

Capitol Police provide the following information:  

Capitol Access

  • The Capitol is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • The North Hamilton Street doors and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. doors will be open to access the building. Persons with physical disabilities can enter through the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.entrance.
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Last month was safest May since World War II

May turned out to be a pretty good month. Spring is finally arriving to Southeastern Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Brewers had a strong month, and Wisconsin’s roads were as safe as they have been since World War II.

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Senate schedule for June 8

First Order.                Call of Roll.

Second Order.           Chief clerk's entries.

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Press release: Save room in the Blue Book for dessert

State Senate Republicans and Democrats have had their differences of opinion during the last few months; however, they approved the cream puff as the official state dessert with a voice vote.

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Press release: Lazich election bills earn Senate approval

Two election reform measures authored by Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) gained Senate approval Wednesday. 

Senate Bill 115 is a bipartisan measure changing Wisconsin’s presidential primary to the same day as the spring general election. SB 115 was necessary after national Republican and Democratic parties required Wisconsin’s primary occur after March 1. The presidential primary had occurred the third Tuesday in February. The Senate approved SB 115 with a voice vote.

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Reminder: Town hall meetings this weekend

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Just a reminder I will be holding three town hall meetings this weekend.


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Fiscal Bureau: Budget would leave state with surplus

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau today released an analysis of the state budget approved by the Legislative Joint Finance Committee.  According to the Fiscal Bureau analysis, the budget includes a $306 million structural surplus.

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Supreme Court overrules Sumi

The State Supreme Court overruled Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi in a ruling released Tuesday afternoon.

The Supreme Court ruling states “ … all orders and judgments of the dane County Circuit Court in Case No. 2011CV1244 are vacated and declared to be void ab initio.” Void ab initio means “to be treated as invalid from the outset.”

Furthermore, “This court has granted the petition for an original action because one of the courts that we are charged with supervising has usurped the legislative power which the Wisconsin Constitution grants exclusively to the legislature.”

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A Look at the Bipartisan Concealed Carry Bill

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The State Senate yesterday approved concealed carry legislation, Senate Bill 93 (SB 93).  Like many bills approved by the Senate during this session, SB 93 gained approval on a bipartisan vote, 25-8.

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Budget Amendment Reflects Citizen Concerns

Since the governor’s budget was introduced during March, constituents contacted legislators about issues of concern.  Several of those concerns are addressed by the legislature. 

At my three Town Hall Meetings last weekend, library advocates express concern about proposed loss of the WiscNet wireless network many schools and libraries utilize.  I discussed WiscNet and other issues with Republican Senators. An amendment to the budget will maintain library access to WiscNet.

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Press release: Lazich Comments on Approval of State Budget

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June 13-17 Week in Review

This is a historic week for Wisconsin, and an historic week in the Wisconsin State Senate.   

The Senate Republican Caucus met Monday for a Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) briefing about the Joint Finance Committee budget changes to the Governor's Budget.   The LFB staff informed us the budget virtually froze property taxes, eliminated the $3 billion deficit, and results in a $300 million surplus

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Last Week for Security at Capitol

After months of heightened security at the Capitol, all entrances to the building are scheduled to reopen beginning next week.  In addition, visitors to the Capitol will not be required to pass through a security screening.  At 5:15 PM Monday, June 20, 2011, the Capitol grounds seemed like a ghost town compared to recent months.

Audit Bureau Releases Report on Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan Authority

The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau released an audit today about the state’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Plan (HIRSP) Authority. Created during 1979, HIRSP is a program that “provides medical and prescription drug insurance for individuals who cannot obtain coverage in the commercial health insurance market because of the severity of their health conditions.”

The audit reveals HIRSP had a net asset balance of $13.7 million Dec. 31, 2010, more than the required $12.6 million balance.

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