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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.

Clarification on the closing of Franklin's Sentry store

I am very sorry to know Sentry Food Stores, a quality grocer located at 76th and Rawson in Franklin is closing soon.

I understand some people have heard that a reason for the closing is a new state law mandating costly new cash registers. 

The Wisconsin Grocers Association (WGA) informs me that it contacted Sentry’s owner and learned that there are many reasons the store is closing.  The owner said that there is not state law about registers leading to the closing of Sentry. One of the reasons the store is closing is due to Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS).  The owner of the store and the WGA both stated that many people believe that the PCI DSS is a state or federal law; however, it is actually a mandate from credit card companies.  These mandates are forcing retailers that accept credit cards to replace current cash registers with machines that are compliant with PCI DSS.  These standards are set by the credit card industry, and not by the federal or state government. Here is more information on Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards.  

I am always saddened by businesses closing. I am hopeful that people will embrace the services that are provided by other fine grocery stores in the 76th and Rawson area.

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