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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.

State Capitol Telephone System Down

The State Capitol telephone system stopped working Monday February 4, 2013 at about 3:30 PM.  As of Tuesday morning February 5, 2013, the telephone system is not operational.  The telephone provider is working on the problem.  You may leave voice mail at my Capitol office telephone number, 1-800-334-1442.  If you do not receive a response to the voice mail within 24 hours, please call again. 

University of Wisconsin Board of Regents Meeting Webcast February 7-8, 2013

The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents February meeting will be shown via webcast with live audio and video streaming.  The dates and times of the meetings are:

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Governor Walker Announces $28.9 million Investment In Mental Health

Wednesday February 6, 2013, Governor Walker announced a $28.9 million investment in mental health services will be included in his 2013-15 state budget proposal.  Governor Walker is scheduled to present his 2013-15 state budget proposal to the state legislature February 20, 2013, at 7:00 PM.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

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Keeping Up with Mary Lazich

One of my favorite responsibilities serving as your State Senator is directly providing you with updates in State Government.  This session you can follow me on Twitter and Facebook for instant updates, information and pictures. Don’t forget to sign-up for my e-news updates for coverage you might have missed during your busy week.

State Senate Calendar for February 20, 2013 12:00 PM

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Agar, Alexandra, of Madison, as a member of the Professional Standards Council for Teachers, to serve for the term ending June 30, 2014.   

Badtke, Dennis, of Rosendale, as a member of the Board of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2019.   

Beres, Debra, of Waukesha, as a member of the Dentistry Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Capodice, Dr. Mary, of Sheboygan, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014

Chwala, Thomas, of Lake Mills, as a member of the Snowmobile Recreation Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Collins, Greg, of De Pere, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Crane, Susan, of Burlington, as a member of the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2018.   

Erickson, Rodney, of Tomah, Wisconsin, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Erickson, Larry, of Hurley, as a member of the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Giesking, Jeffery, of Menomonie, as a member of the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Gordon, Allison, of Waukesha, as a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2014.   

Gorst, Cathy, of Marshfield, as a member of the Board of Veterans Affairs, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013

Grebe, Michael, of Milwaukee, as a member of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.   

Hall, Reed, of Madison, as the Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.   

Hoffman, David, of Black River Falls, as a member of the Circus World Museum Foundation, to serve for the term ending at the pleasure of the Governor

Johnson, Erik, of Madison, as a member of the Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013. 

Komp, Thomas, of Suamico, as a member of the Podiatrists Affiliated Credentialing Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.   

Krueger, Elizabeth, of Waukesha, as a member of the Marriage and Family Therapy Professional Counseling and Social Work Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

LaDien, Franklin, of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, as a member of the Pharmacy Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016. 

Lawton, Patrick, of Oconomowoc, as a member of the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corporation, for the term ending July 1, 2018.   

Mayo, Dale, of Conover, as a member of the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015   

Miller, Jeffrey, of Cedarburg, as a member of the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Murphy, Thomas, of De Pere, as a member of the Physical Therapy Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013

Nicholson, Kevin, of Wauwatosa, as a member of the Board of Veterans Affairs, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013.  

Nolan, Lillian, of Fond Du Lac, as a member of the Board of Nursing, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015

O Meara, Kristine, of West Bend, as a member of the Southeast Wisconsin Professional Baseball Park District Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013

Rupnow, Sue, of Wausau, as a member of the State Fair Park Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.   

Schroeder, Karen, of Birchwood, as a member of the Educational Communications Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.   

Schumacher, Patricia, of Marshfield, as a member of the Chiropractic Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Van Sant, William, of Bayfield, as a member of the Wisconsin Historical Society Board of Curators, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Van Zeeland, Lee, of Appleton, as a member of the Snowmobile Recreational Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015

Vasudevan, Sridhar, of Belgium, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Wegenke, Rolf, of Sun Prairie, as a member of the Educational Communications Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.   

Westlake, Dr. Timothy, of Hartland, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016

Wheeler, John, of Middleton, as a member of the Wisconsin 529 College Savings Program Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.   

Wiseley, Neil, of Mayville, as a member of the Veterinary Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Yale, Russell, of Fox Point, as a member of the Medical Examining Board, to serve for the term July 1, 2016.   

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be adopted?

Senate Joint Resolution 8.  Relating to: the retirement of Pam Shannon, Senior Staff Attorney, Legislative Council Staff, following a long and distinguished career in nonpartisan service to the Wisconsin legislature.

Senate Joint Resolution 11.  Relating to: recognizing Black History Month.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be concurred in?

Assembly Joint Resolution 3.  Relating to: Turner syndrome awareness month.

Assembly Joint Resolution 4.  Relating to: the life and public service of Felmers O. Chaney.

Assembly Joint Resolution 6.  Relating to: honoring the career and public service of United States Senator Herbert H. Kohl.

Assembly Joint Resolution 7.  Relating to: the life and public service of former University of Wisconsin-Stout chancellor Robert S. Swanson.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 10.  Relating to: methods of providing assistance under the Clean Water Fund Program and the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program and projects that are eligible for assistance under the Clean Water Fund Program.

Senate Amendment 1 pending

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the joint resolution be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Joint Resolution 2.  Relating to: creation of a department of transportation, creation of a transportation fund, and deposit of funds into the transportation fund (second consideration).

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Assembly Bill 3.  Relating to: the exclusion of veterinarians from the prescription drug monitoring program.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Governor Walker Presents 2013-15 State Budget Tonite at 7 PM

Tonight, Governor Walker will deliver his Budget Address to a joint legislative session at 7:00 PM. You can watch Governor Walker’s 2013-2015 Budget Address Live at 7:00PM

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State Senator Mary Lazich's Comments on Governor Walker's 2013-2015 Budget Addres

State Senator Mary Lazich released the following statements in reaction to Governor Walker’s 2013-2015 Budget Address Wednesday, February 20, 2013. 

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The Joint Finance Committee Approves Mining Bill

Today, Monday, February 25, 2013, I was pleased to vote in favor of the mining bill along with other Republican members of the Joint Finance Committee (JFC).  The JFC vote to appove the mining bill was 12-4.  The full State Senate is expected to vote on Senate Bill 1, Wednesday, February 27, 2013.  

State Senate Calendar for February 27, 2013

One-Hundred and First Regular Session

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

11:00 A.M.

First Order.                         Call of Roll.

Second Order.                     Chief clerk's entries.

Third Order.                        Introduction, first reading and reference of proposals.

Fourth Order.                      Report of committees.

Fifth Order.                         Petitions and communications.

Sixth Order.                         Referrals and receipt of committee reports concerning proposed administrative rules.

Seventh Order.                    Advice and consent of the Senate

QUESTION:          Shall the appointment be confirmed?

Adamski, Paul, of Steven's Point, as a member of the Savings Institutions Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.  

Ahmed, Syed, of Brookfield, as a member of the Rural Health Development Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Baranowski, Phillip, of Green Lake, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.   

Berkos, Daniel, of Mauston, as a member of the Public Defender Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.   

Christman, Blane, of Chippewa Falls, as a member of the Rural Health Development Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2017.   

Coon, David, of Brookfield, as a member of the Public Defender Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.   

Cruz, Natalie, of Hartland, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013.   

Farmer, Douglas, of La Crosse, as a member of the Banking Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.  

Gracz, Michael, of Oregon, as a member of the Deferred Compensation Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2015.   

Greco, Lisa, of Brookfield, as a member of the Credit Union Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2013   

Hetzer, Marie, of Sun Prairie, as a member of the Real Estate Examining Board, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2016.   

Hogan, John, of Rhinelander, as a member of the Public Defender Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.   

Hribar, Tracy, of Franksville, as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.   

Isensee, Tracey, of Black River Falls, as a member of the Prison Industries Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2014.   

Levzow, Becky, of Rio, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2015.   

Szehner, Jacalyn, of Plover, as a member of the Rural Health Development Council, to serve for the term ending July 1, 2013.  

Willett, Stephen, of Phillips, as a member of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.   

Winston, Wyman, of Madison, as Executive Director of the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, to serve for the term ending January 3, 2015.   

Woggon, Colleen, of Kendall, as a member of the Credit Union Review Board, to serve for the term ending May 1, 2017.   

Eighth Order.                      Messages from the Assembly.

Ninth Order.                        Special Orders.

Tenth Order.                       Consideration of motions, resolutions, and joint resolutions not requiring a third reading.

Eleventh Order.                  Second reading and amendments of senate joint resolutions and senate bills.

QUESTION:          Shall the bill be ordered to a third reading?

Senate Bill 1.  Relating to: regulation of ferrous metallic mining and related activities, procedures for obtaining approvals from the Department of Natural Resources for the construction of utility facilities, making an appropriation, and providing penalties. (FE)  By Senators Tiffany, Gudex, Darling, Farrow, Kedzie, Lasee, Lazich, Leibham and Vukmir; cosponsored by Representatives Suder, Honadel, Williams, August, Ballweg, Bernier, Bies, Born, Craig, Czaja, Endsley, Hutton, Jacque, Jagler, Kapenga, Kaufert, Kerkman, Kestell, Kleefisch, Klenke, Knodl, Knudson, Kooyenga, Kramer, Kuglitsch, T. Larson, LeMahieu, Loudenbeck, Murphy, Murtha, Nass, Nygren, A. Ott, J. Ott, Petersen, Petryk, Pridemore, Ripp, Sanfelippo, Schraa, Severson, Spiros, Steineke, Stone, Strachota, Stroebel, Swearingen, Tauchen, Thiesfeldt, Tittl, Vos, Weatherston and Weininger. 

Twelfth Order.                    Second reading and amendments of assembly joint resolutions and assembly bills.

Thirteenth Order.               Third reading of joint resolutions and bills.

Fourteenth Order.               Motions may be offered.

Fifteenth Order.                  Announcements, adjournment honors, and remarks under special privilege.

Sixteenth Order.                 Adjournment.

Statement on State Senate Approval of Mining Bill

Senator Mary Lazich released the following statement after the State Senate approved SB1, the Mining Bill, with a 17 to 16 vote.

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